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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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How many times can one man leave you breathless...? If you get on his bad side, your number is up. 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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Budget:

$32,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$34,667,015 (USA)
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Trivia

Last James Bond film for six years. In August 1990, after the box office failure of this film in the United States, Director John Glen left EON Productions. Thirteen-time Bond screenwriter Richard Maibaum died on 4 January 1991. Some called this a "bloodless coup". Legal wrangling over the ownership of the James Bond character, coupled by these departures, delayed the release of the next film. In the interim, producer Albert R. Broccoli retired, and star Timothy Dalton decided not to play the role a third time. See more »

Goofs

Both Truman-Lodge and Heller greet the Asian delegation in Japanese, but the delegation members speak Chinese amongst themselves. In addition, two members of the delegation are referred to as "Kwang" and "Tan," which are surnames of Chinese origin. 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

The Surgeon General's warning appears at the end credits, due to the characters' use of tobacco products. See more »

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Dirty Love
Performed by Tim Feehan
Produced by Tim Feehan and David White
Written by Steve Dubin and Jeffrey Pescetto (as Jeff Pescetto)
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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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