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Release Date:
14 July 1989 (USA) See more »
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James Bond 007 See more »
Plot:
A vengeful British spy 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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Hard-edged Bond film. Not a great commercial success, but it has interesting points. See more (297 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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 Leiter

Don Stroud ... Heller
Caroline Bliss ... Miss Moneypenny

Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa ... Kwang

Grand L. Bush ... Hawkins
Alejandro Bracho ... Perez
Guy De Saint Cyr ... Braun

Rafer Johnson ... Mullens

Diane Hsu ... Loti (as Diana Lee-Hsu)

Christopher Neame ... Fallon

Jeannine Bisignano ... Stripper
Claudio Brook ... Montelongo
Cynthia Fallon ... Consuelo
Enrique Novi ... Rasmussen
Osami Kawawo ... Oriental
George Belanger ... Doctor
Roger Cudney ... Wavekrest Captain
Honorato Magaloni ... Chief Chemist
Jorge Russek ... Pit Boss
Sergio Corona ... Bellboy

Stuart Quan ... Ninja (as Stuart Kwan)
José Abdala ... Tanker Driver (as Jose Abdala)
Teresa Blake ... Ticket Agent
Samuel Benjamin Lancaster ... Della's Uncle
Juan Peláez ... Casino Manager (as Juan Peleaz)
Mark Kelty ... Coast Guard Radio Operator
Humberto Elizondo ... Hotel Assistant Manager (as Umberto Elizondo)
Fidel Garriga ... Sanchez's Driver (as Fidel Carriga)
Edna Bolkan ... Barrelhead Waitress
Eddie Edenfield ... Clive
Jeff Moldovan ... Warehouse Guard

Carl Ciarfalio ... Warehouse Guard
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bob Martinez ... Customs officer
Gerardo Albarrán ... Alvarez (uncredited)
Tom Bahr ... Marshall #1 (uncredited)

Chick Bernhardt ... Marshall Driver (uncredited)

Andrew Castillo ... Seaplane Pilot (uncredited)
James D'Orta ... Doctor (uncredited)

Christopher De Stefano ... Alter Boy (St. Mary Star of the Sea Church) (uncredited)
Alex Edlin ... Marshall #2 (uncredited)
Lars Lundgren ... Probe Operator (uncredited)

Branscombe Richmond ... Barrelhead Bar Patron (uncredited)
John Sabol ... Naval Officer (uncredited)
Jorge Valdés García ... Casino Guest (uncredited)

Michael G. Wilson ... DEA Agent (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
John Glen 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Michael G. Wilson (written by) and
Richard Maibaum (written by)

Ian Fleming (characters)

Produced by
Albert R. Broccoli .... producer
Barbara Broccoli .... associate producer
Tom Pevsner .... associate producer
Michael G. Wilson .... producer
 
Original Music by
Michael Kamen 
 
Cinematography by
Alec Mills (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
John Grover 
 
Casting by
Janet Hirshenson 
Jane Jenkins 
 
Production Design by
Peter Lamont 
 
Art Direction by
Dennis Bosher 
Michael Lamont 
 
Set Decoration by
Michael Ford 
 
Costume Design by
Jodie Lynn Tillen  (as Jodie Tillen)
 
Makeup Department
Tricia Cameron .... hair styles supervisor
Naomi Donne .... makeup supervisor
George Frost .... makeup supervisor
Dinah Holt .... hair stylist: second unit (as Di Holt)
Dinah Holt .... makeup artist: second unit (as Di Holt)
Norma Webb .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Efren Flores .... production manager
Philip Kohler .... production manager
Ned Kopp .... production supervisor: Florida
Héctor López .... production supervisor: Mexico (as Hector Lopez)
Crispin Reece .... production manager: Mexico
Iris Rose .... unit manager
Anthony Waye .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marcia Gay .... second assistant director: second unit
Miguel Gil .... assistant director
Miguel Lima .... assistant director
Terry Madden .... first assistant director: second unit
Callum McDougall .... second assistant director
Batan Silva .... first assistant director: second unit (as Sebastian Silva)
Arthur Wooster .... second unit director
 
Art Department
Andrew Ackland-Snow .... assistant art director
Gilly Noyes Court .... scenic artist (as Gilly Noyes-Court)
Ken Court .... art director: Florida
Roger W. Deer .... sketch artist (as Roger Deer)
Tony Graysmark .... construction manager
Bernie Hearn .... stand-by propman (as Bernard Hearn)
Bert Hearn .... property master
Richard Helfritz .... set decorator: Florida
Richard Holland .... assistant art director
Neil Lamont .... assistant art director
Daniel Miller .... sculptor
Rodney Pincott .... stand-by propman: second unit
Ron Quelch .... production buyer
Héctor Romero .... assistant art director (as Hector Romero)
Bob Walker .... graphics (as Robert Walker)
Frederic C. Weiler .... set decorator: Florida (as Fredrick Weiler)
Alejandro Ayala .... art assistant (uncredited)
William A. Cimino .... set dresser (uncredited)
Stephen P. Durante .... leadman (uncredited)
Teri Anne Kopp .... art department assistant: US (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Mark Auguste .... sound editor
Graham V. Hartstone .... sound re-recording mixer (as Graham Hartstone)
John Hayward .... sound re-recording mixer
Jean-Pierre Lelong .... additional sound effects
Vernon Messenger .... sound editor
Peter Musgrave .... sound editor
Edward Tise .... sound recordist
Martin Trevis .... boom operator
Ross Adams .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Sandy Buchanan .... post-production sound assistant (uncredited)
Nicolas Le Messurier .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Mark Mostyn .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Clive Beard .... special effects technician
Lawrence J. Cavanaugh .... special effects coordinator: Florida (as Larry Cavanaugh)
Chris Corbould .... special effects supervisor: second unit
Neil Corbould .... special effects: first unit
Laurencio Cordero .... special effects supervisor: Mexico
Daniel Dark .... special effects: underwater team
Nick Finlayson .... special effects technician
Sergio Jara .... special effects supervisor: Mexico
Peter Pickering .... special effects technician
Paul Whybrow .... special effects technician: second unit
Andy Williams .... special effects technician: second unit
Jose A. Cordero .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Jeffrey S. Farley .... shark puppet crew (uncredited)
Steve Hamilton .... senior special effects technician (uncredited)
Sergio Jara Jr. .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Thomas Kittle .... special effects (uncredited)
Hal Miles .... animatronic supervisor (uncredited)
Nigel Nixon .... special effects model maker (uncredited)
Marcus Richardson .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
James L. Roberts .... special effects (uncredited)
R. Bruce Steinheimer .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Greg R. Stone .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
John Richardson .... special visual effects
Craig Chandler .... optical camera (uncredited)
Alan Church .... optical camera operator (uncredited)
Julian Parry .... model unit (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Gerardo Albarrán .... stunt supervisor (as Gerardo Moreno)
Alex Arnold .... stunt diver
Mark Bahr .... stunts
Gilbert Bataille .... stunt driving team
Marc Boyle .... stunt supervisor
Jake Brake .... stunt double
Didier Brule .... stunt driving team
Julian Bucio .... stunts
Jorge Cardenas .... stunt diver
Juan Dario Corona .... stunt diver
Jo Cote .... stunt driving team
Simon Crane .... stunt double: Timothy Dalton
Manuel Cárdenas .... stunt diver (as Manuel Cardenas)
Steve Dent .... stunts
Alex Edlin .... stunts
J.W. 'Corkey' Fornof .... aerial stunt supervisor (as 'Corkey' Fornof)
Jean-Claude Houbart .... stunt driving team
Dominique Julienne .... stunt driving team
Rémy Julienne .... driving stunts arranger (as Remy Julienne)
Javier Lambert .... stunts
Jake Lombard .... aerial stunt double: Timothy Dalton
Emilio Magaña .... stunt diver
Artie Malesci .... stunt supervisor (as Art Malesci)
Mauricio Martínez .... stunts
David Reinhart .... barefoot ski double: Timothy Dalton
Paul Weston .... stunt coordinator
B.J. Worth .... parachute stunt coordinator
Tom Bahr .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Chick Bernhardt .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Marc Boyle .... stunts (uncredited)
Mickey Giacomazzi .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Jackson .... stunts (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Jake Lombard .... stunt rigger (uncredited)
Jake Lombard .... stunts (uncredited)
Lars Lundgren .... stunts (uncredited)
Valentino Musetti .... stunts (uncredited)
Rafael Valdez .... stunts (uncredited)
Nick Wilkinson .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Curtis Williams .... stunt diver (uncredited)
B.J. Worth .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Kenneth Atherfold .... camera grip: second unit (as Ken Atherfold)
Ramón Bravo .... underwater photographer (as Ramon Bravo)
Donald Bryant .... second camera operator: Mexico
Frank Elliott .... camera focus
John Elton .... second camera operator: Florida
Mike Evans .... camera focus: second unit (as Michael Evans)
Pepe Flores .... underwater assistant camera
Mike Frift .... camera operator (as Michael Frift)
Keith Hamshere .... still photographer
W.C. 'Chunky' Huse .... camera grip (as Chunky Huse)
Edward Knott III .... key grip: Florida (as Eddie Knott III)
Malcolm MacIntosh .... camera operator: second unit
Phil Pastuhov .... camera operator: aerial team
Tim Ross .... second camera operator: Mexico
John Tythe .... electrical supervisor
George Whitear .... still photographer: second unit
Arthur Wooster .... photographer: second unit
Norman Zuckerman .... electrical supervisor: Florida
Andrew Cooper .... photographer: underwater unit (uncredited)
Jack Gittings .... underwater lighting: second unit (uncredited)
Erik Hollander .... additional still photographer (uncredited)
Simon Mills .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Gary Ryan .... best boy rigging gaffer (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Claudia Becker .... casting: Mexico
Emilia Arau .... assistant to casting director (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert Chase .... costume supervisor: Florida
Hugo Peña .... costume supervisor (as Hugo Pena)
Barbara Scott .... costume supervisor
Enrique Villavicencio .... wardrobe master: Mexicali
 
Editorial Department
Ross Adams .... assistant editor
Richard Fettes .... assistant editor
Matthew Glen .... assembly editor
Rob Green .... assistant editor
Mark Mostyn .... assistant editor
John Nuth .... assistant editor
Carlos Puente .... editor: Mexico
Wayne Smith .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Andrew Glen .... music editor
Michael Kamen .... conductor
Dick Lewzey .... music mixer
Stephen McLaughlin .... music programmer
Monty Norman .... composer: James Bond theme
Joel Sill .... music consultant
Vic Flick .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Arthur Dunne .... transportation manager
Joyce M. Lark .... transportation coordinator: Florida (as Joyce Lark)
Mauro Venegas .... transportation captain: Mexico
Manuel Paredes Murillo .... driver (uncredited)
Alfonso Paredes .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Laura Aguilar .... location manager: Mexico
R. Allen .... helicopter pilot: US Coast Guard (as L.cdr. R. Allen)
Gerardo Barrera .... production assistant
Harris Bierman .... armorer
Maurice Binder .... title designer
Ramón Bravo .... director: underwater scenes (as Ramon Bravo)
Albert R. Broccoli .... presenter
Tony Broccoli .... location manager: underwater team
Linda Brown .... contact: Los Angeles
Kenny Calman .... helicopter pilot (as Ken Calman)
Saul Cooper .... director of publicity
Loolee DeLeon .... production coordinator (as Loolee Deleon)
Jacques Descent .... location accountant: Florida (as Jack Descent)
Tony Didio Jr. .... armorer (as Tony Didio)
Sue Field .... continuity: second unit
Ileana Franco U. .... production secretary
Sheila Goldfinger .... jeweler
Monica Greene .... production assistant
Sparky Greene .... special consultant to producers
Rosa María Gómez .... accountant (as Rosa Maria Gomez)
R. Colette Hailey .... location manager: Florida (as Colette Hailey)
Georgina Heath .... production coordinator: Mexicali
Lorentz Hills .... marine coordinator: Florida
Neil Hughes .... helicopter pilot: US Coast Guard (as Lt. Neil Hughes)
Charles Juroe .... marketing director
Nicole Kolin .... location manager: underwater team
Patricia Serafina Madiedo .... production coordinator: Florida (as Patricia Madiedo)
John McElwain .... technical advisor: US Coast Guard (as Comdr. John McElwain)
Randy Meade .... helicopter pilot: US Coast Guard (as L.cdr. Randy Meade)
Jane Meagher .... accountant
Andrew Noakes .... assistant accountant
Douglas Noakes .... production accountant
Jillian Palenthorpe .... special consultant to producers
Marcia Perskie .... production assistant
June Randall .... continuity
Carlos Renero .... animal supplier
Amanda Schofield .... contact: London
Rita Sheese .... underwater coordinator
Tom Bahr .... marine coordinator (uncredited)
Hector De Rubi .... stand-in: Timothy Dalton (uncredited)
Ann Dunsford .... publicity coordinator (uncredited)
J.W. 'Corkey' Fornof .... pilot: Piper PA-18 Super Cub (uncredited)
Pauline Hume .... graphic artist: titles (uncredited)
Mark Juckett .... pilot: Cessna 185 (uncredited)
Harry Kopoian .... airport liaison: Mexico (uncredited)
Andreas Leon .... utility stand-in (uncredited)
Maria Alaina Mason .... production assistant: Key West (uncredited)
John Patteson .... armorer: second unit (uncredited)
Laura Ruiz .... stand-in: Talisa Soto (uncredited)
 
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for action violence and drug content (edited for re-rating)
Runtime:
133 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:12 | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:16 (re-release) (uncut) | Iceland:12 | Ireland:15 | Malaysia:PG-13 | Netherlands:12 | Norway:15 | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 (DVD rating) (2000) | South Korea:12 (theatrical rating) (1989) | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:PG-13 (edited for re-rating) | USA:R (original rating) | West Germany:16 (video rating) (cut)
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Trivia:
Bond's controversial betrayal of M was, in part, a way to sidestep the fact that the British have no jurisdiction over a Latin American drug cartel.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Bond is hanging on the pontoon plane his hair is dry despite coming straight out of the sea.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in James Bond: The Duel (1993) (VG)See more »
Soundtrack:
La BambaSee more »

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88 out of 110 people found the following review useful.
Hard-edged Bond film. Not a great commercial success, but it has interesting points., 10 October 2003
Author: Jonathon Dabell (barnaby.rudge@hotmail.co.uk) from Todmorden, England

Timothy Dalton only played Bond twice, but he tried to base his interpretation of the character on the descriptions provided by Ian Fleming in the original novels. Therefore, his Bond is quite ruthless and embittered, and always ready to stick two fingers up at the establishment if he feels they've got it wrong.

Bond is vacationing in Florida, acting as best-man at his friend Felix Leiter's wedding, when the unthinkable happens. Leiter and his wife are assaulted by some Central American thugs; the wife is murdered and Leiter is crippled by sharks. Bond is obviously deeply unhappy about this, but his bosses instruct him to let the matter drop and get on with another assignment. 007 knows who is responsible for the injuries to his friend, so he revokes his licence to kill and becomes a rogue agent, tracking down the villainous drug lord Sanchez (Robert Davi) to his Latin America headquarters. Here, aided by Sanchez's unfaithful mistress Lupe (Talisa Soto) and CIA agent Pam Bouvier (Carey Lowell), Bond attempts to wipe out their enormous clandestine drug operation single-handedly.

There's definitely an uneasy, hard edge to the film which makes it unique among the Bond series. Whether or not this improves the film depends on your personal taste: if you like safe, humorous Roger Moore escapades, you'll probably find this too jarring, whereas if you prefer espionage stories with a bit of grit and sweat, this may be just what you're after. The action sequences are still outrageous in the tried-and-trusted Bond style, with memorable episodes featuring a daring helicopter .vs. airplane pursuit; a barefoot water-skiing sequence; and a truck chase down the side of a mountain. Some of the language, though not out-and-out "foul", is a bit stronger and more believable than in other Bond entries. The theme tune from Gladys Knight and the Pips is one of the better 007-tracks.

Licence to Kill is a new twist on the Bond theme. It isn't the best, and some of its new ideas don't fit with the usual routine (which may or may not be a good thing), but it is certainly interesting.

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