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Licence to Kill (1989)
Action,Adventure,Crime,Thriller
UK / English
"His bad side is a dangerous place to be. "
James Bond leaves Her Majesty's Secret Service to stop an evil drug lord and avenge his best friend, Felix Leiter.
Timothy Dalton James Bond
Carey Lowell Pam Bouvier
Robert Davi Franz Sanchez
Talisa Soto Lupe Lamora
Anthony Zerbe Milton Krest
Frank McRae Sharkey
David Hedison Felix Leiter
Wayne Newton Professor Joe Butcher
Benicio Del Toro Dario
Anthony Starke Truman-Lodge
Everett McGill Ed Killifer
Desmond Llewelyn Q
Pedro Armendáriz Jr. President Hector Lopez (as Pedro Armendariz)
Robert Brown M
Priscilla Barnes Della Churchill
Director: John Glen
Producer: Albert R. Broccoli,Michael G. Wilson
Writer: Michael G. Wilson,Richard Maibaum
A different Bond, and a very good one!
Goldfinger is the benchmark of great Bond films, and while this one doesn't come anywhere near that - you still can't really ask much more of a Bond film. Licence to Kill, the last of the eighties bond films, stands out because director John Glen seems keen to make it as little like the rest of the series as possible. Most Bond films feature the popular spy on a mission and answering to MI6 - but here he's acting out a personal vendetta, and we get to see a different side to Ian Flemings' character. The film opens with a rather over the top wedding sequence, in which James Bonds' friend and ally Felix Leighter gets married to a pretty blonde woman. However, just before this we watched Bond and Felix apprehend a drug dealer, and not taking to being caught very kindly - the dealer decides to use some of his cronies to maim Felix and kill his wife. Bond then decides to go after the drug dealer, much to the dismay of MI6 who promptly take away his licence to kill. This doesn't stop Bond, however, as along with a few allies - he sets out to get revenge on those responsible...

Many people say that Timothy Dalton was the worst of the Bonds, but I disagree. While he doesn't fit the role as well as Sean Connery, and isn't quite manly enough for my liking - his suave style goes brilliantly with the James Bond character, and he is perfect for exploring the darker side of the character in this film. The film has that eighties style that often seems tacky nowadays, but it's not laid on thick until the very end, and this doesn't hinder the film. The stunts are the best thing about Licence to Kill, as the director constantly succeeds at delivering memorable and exciting action scenes, the best of which is saved until the end. The fact that this film takes in the theme of 'the war on drugs' means it stands out from a lot of the rest of the series as world domination is never mentioned. Robert Davi gets to play the Bond villain, and for me is one of the best of the entire series. He manages to be evil without ever looking comical, and that can't be easy in a series known for being completely overblown. Overall, Licence to Kill is undoubtedly one of my favourite Bond films, and it therefore comes highly recommended!

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Seen it:Ja
Nr of disks/tapes:1
Storage device:Divx 4
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Imdb rating: 6.4
Musician: Michael Kamen
Running time: 133 min
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