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Licence to Kill (1989)

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

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


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

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14 July 1989 (USA)  »

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License to Kill  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£287,578 (United Kingdom), 22 June 1989, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,774,776, 16 July 1989, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$34,667,015

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$156,200,000
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Sea-Air Service, a sea plane company located in Louisiana, leased their sea plane for the scene where Bond takes over the plane full of cash. When the plane was returned to Louisiana, an employee from the sea plane company still found loose movie cash in the back when cleaning the cabin upon return from filming. See more »

Goofs

Sanchez pays Killifer his $2 million bribe in a medium-sized suitcase, describing it as "all in $20 bills". A single suitcase is much too small to hold 100,000 banknotes. In addition a $20 note weighs about 1 gram, so 100,000 of them would weigh 100 kg / 220 lbs, which is an impractical weight to carry in one case. See more »

Quotes

[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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Connections

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Music by Ray Davies
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Third favorite James Bond 007 of mine action classic the best of Timothy Dalton flick
19 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

This is simply the best action film. My third favorite James Bond 007 film in my top 10 Bond films. It has action and great performance from Timothy Dalton. The film has great dangerous stunts, real actions that is why I love this film to death! I enjoy this film so much even as a kid growing up I loved this film. I'm a hard-core James Bond fan. I make no apologies for believing that Timothy Dalton is the closest thing we've seen to IAN FLEMING's James Bond. Licence to Kill is one of the most underrated decent action films and I love it so much.

This movie is more about Die Hard action junkies like me. This movie has hard core action than espionage. I enjoy this film I still do even over those years. Sadly this is the last Timothy Dalton film and the last 80's film. After this one Timothy Dalton did not want to make another Bond film.

The movie is about one of the biggest heroine supplier in the USA in which Felix Letier (David Hedison) and James Bond 007 (Timothy Dalton) captures him, but with the inside man, the drug dealer escapes and kill's Leiter's wife and Felix throws in to the pit with shark in it. Now James Bond goes on a revenge spree and stopping the drug dealer supplying people with heroin. 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.

Timothy Dalton was excellent as James Bond 007 really too bad he wasn't interested to play the role again. I enjoy his two movies The Living Daylights and this one Licence to Kill. Timothy Dalton is once again serious and on target should have been lightened up a bit. Audiences who spend two or more hours with Bond need to laugh once in a while. Thankfully, Q, awarded the biggest role of his film career (following a tip-off from an anxious Moneypenny), was on hand to provide some crucial comic relief.

Carey Lowell showed to be the best Bond girl in years. She was delightful as Pam Bouvier, a resourceful, beautiful CIA pilot and undercover operative who helps Bond at every turn. Her excellent introduction in the Barrelhead Bar is nothing but pure dynamite. She is sexy hot and beautiful irresistible Bond girl.

Talisa Soto is in here from Mortal Kombat as Lupe Lamora, Sanchez's girlfriend who has romantic feelings for Bond. She becomes the second Bond girl but Carey Lowell steals the show.

Robert Davi proved to be an excellent choice for the role of murderous South American drug lord Franz Sanchez. Surrounded by a private army that keeps potential assassins at arm's length, Sanchez was not an easy target.His main associates include corrupt seaman Anthony Zerbe, a drunken pervert and a sadist Benecio Del Toro.

Desmond Llewelyn as Q was excellent this was the only movie that was the longer run Desmond was. He was Bond's ally who supplies Bond with various gadgets and helps him in the field.

I love the music scores: Licence to Kill by Gladys Knight, Dirty Love by Tim Feehan and of course my favorite soundtrack If You Asked Me To by Patti LaBelle. This was the last Bond movie that was directed by great director John Glen.

This movie has ton's and ton's of action: in the opening scene we see Bond sliding from helicopter to capture the airplane that was really dangerous stunt excellent, executed and performed. Bond being on a bloody machine hanging up and Pam shoots Dario and Bond throws him in to the machine. I love the fights on the trucks that was awesome from the airplane Bond jumps on a truck takes It over and he fights those bad dudes awesome. I love the bar fight which is awesome. Actor Branscombe Richmond was in this movie from (Renagade) in which Bond knocks him out. Bond eludes the divers in the water and he skies with a harpoon on one of the seaplanes, stealing $5 million on the way. Bond goes from Miami Vice to The Punisher and he try's to Kill Sanchez by climbing the wall. Bond gets attacked and knocked out by two ninjas. Bond burns Sanchez with lighter that Felix and Della gave him as a wedding gift.

Licence to Kill is the 16th entry in the official James Bond film series. The 1989 sequel (which was the first not to bear the title of an Ian Fleming novel or short story) finds Bond on a personal mission to take down the drug lord responsible for an attack on his CIA friend Felix Leiter and his wife. Licence to Kill co-stars Carey Lowell, Robert Davi, Benicio del Toro, Talisa Soto, and Wayne Newton and was the final Bond film directed by John Glen and the final film to star Timothy Dalton as Agent 007.

Bond is such a bad-ass in this movie he kicks all the bad guys he is even more dangerous and crazy than Sean Connery. 10/10 it is my third favorite James Bond 007 film because it has insanely action, you have great explosions, real actions, no shaky cam. It is Timothy Dalton's second and last best film in his career he ever did.


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