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Licence to Kill (1989)

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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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John Glen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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His bad side is a dangerous place to be. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

UK | Mexico | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

14 July 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

License to Kill See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico See more »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Professor Joe Butcher (Wayne Newton) is heard to give his blessing, ("Bless your heart/hearts") five times: three times during his television broadcast, and twice, in person, to Miss Bouvier (Cary Lowell) - once in his inner sanctum, and again when she snatches back the cash from the fleeing ersatz holy man. See more »

Goofs

Near the Wavekrest, Bond is on sentinel and jumps off after it reaches the surface. A small boat approaches with four men on board. Two jump into the water after Bond. In the next shot, there are still four men on the boat and two more jump into the water. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in My Weekly Bond: Announcement: My New Podcast (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

If You Asked Me To
Performed by Patti LaBelle
Produced by Stewart Levine
Arranged by Aaron Zigman
Written by Diane Warren
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User Reviews

Violent, well-plotted Bond film with a menacing Timothy Dalton
16 February 2009 | by long-fordSee 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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