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Licence to Kill (1989)

 -  Action | Adventure | Crime  -  14 July 1989 (USA)
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A vengeful British spy goes rogue and sets off to unleash vengeance on a drug lord who tortured his best friend, a CIA agent, and left him for dead and murdered his bride after he helped capture him.

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Storyline

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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drug | agent | drug lord | cia | cia agent | See more »

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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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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14 July 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

License to Kill  »

Box Office

Budget:

$32,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$34,667,015 (USA)
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Trivia

Marked the last filmed appearance of Felix Leiter until the series was rebooted with Casino Royale (2006). See more »

Goofs

After the prison van has plunged off the bridge, the cables that are lowering the van to the sea bed can be seen attached to the roof. 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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At the tail end of the credits: "James Bond Will Return" See more »

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Referenced in Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003) See more »

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La Bamba
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Arranged by Michael Kamen
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User Reviews

Violent, well-plotted Bond film with a menacing Timothy Dalton
16 February 2009 | by (India) – See all my reviews

This film is radically different from nearly all the previous Bond films. There's a lot of violence, some of it rather gruesome and the plot shows Bond at his merciless best as he avenges the death of a friend. Timothy Dalton still seems too stiff to be Bond, but he's certainly far more menacing this time. The film is well-paced and there are double crosses galore. The villain Robert Davi plays a drug baron who's not really interested in world domination. Benicio Del Toro gave early notice of his talent. Although a failure at the box office, the film is well worth watching.

Overall 7/10


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