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Licence to Kill (1989)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Thriller  |  14 July 1989 (USA)
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James Bond goes rogue and sets off to unleash vengeance on a drug lord who tortured his best friend, a C.I.A. agent, and left him for dead and murdered his bride after he helped capture him.


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James Bond is on possibly his most brutal mission yet. Bond's good friend, Felix Leiter, is left near death, by drug baron Franz Sanchez. Bond sets off on the hunt for Sanchez, but not everyone is happy. MI6 does not feel Sanchez is their problem and strips Bond of his license to kill making Bond more dangerous than ever. Bond gains the aid of one of Leiter's friends, known as Pam Bouvier and sneaks his way into the drug factories, which Sanchez owns. Will Bond be able to keep his identity secret, or will Sanchez see Bond's true intentions? Written by simon

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Out for revenge. Glimpse behind the cool facade of 007. And see how sweet revenge can really be. [USA poster] See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for action violence and drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 July 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

License to Kill  »

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Box Office


$32,000,000 (estimated)


$34,667,015 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Eric Clapton and Vic Flick were asked to write and perform the title song along with composer Michael Kamen. Apparently, they re-recorded and made a video of a new version of the James Bond theme with the guitar riff played by Flick. However, the theme was rejected by the producers and not used. See more »


Bond breathes in a large quantity of pure cocaine at the factory, yet he functions as normal afterwards. See more »


[first lines]
AWACS radar operator: We have a mid-course deviation. Target heading 036, 126 miles, bearing 062, Havana VOR.
Voice of DEA agent: He's landing at Cray Key. Advise Key West Drug Enforcement.
AWACS radar operator: Roger, sir. AWACS to Key West. Key West Drug Enforcement, please come in.
Voice of DEA agent: If they hurry, they just might be able to grab the bastard.
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Crazy Credits

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Referenced in Kenworth Truck Stunt Featurette (1989) See more »


Für Elise
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Arranged by Michael Kamen
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Dalton is the best Bond
1 August 2003 | by (britain) – See all my reviews

Licence to Kill has a mixture of all the essential Bond attributes. Dalton is an action man and a more sensitive and moody Bond in this film. Shame he turned down the chance to do Goldeneye, that would have made him a mega star.

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