Licence to Kill


Action / Adventure / Thriller

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 76%
IMDb Rating 6.6 10 86,283


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Benicio Del Toro as Toby Jay Wadenah
Carey Lowell as Pam Bouvier
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa as General Ruechang
Timothy Dalton as Henry, Lord Darnley
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950.47 MB
23.976 fps
133 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Chris W. 10 / 10 / 10

Underrated, misunderstood entry in the 007 Series

Licence To Kill came out during the huge box office summer of '89 (which included Batman, Indiana Jones, Ghostbusters II, etc). Unfortunately, lousy advertising and Timothy Dalton's lack of appeal to American audiences did not bring in the big bucks that could have been expected. While the film did not do great in the US compared to other Bond films, it still did well overseas. Because of the assumption that LTK was a flop, people consider it one of the weakest entries in the series. Needless to say, they're dead wrong. (Possible Spoilers) Sanchez is one of the most realistic, deadly villains Bond has ever met, and this is also 007's most personal mission yet. Felix Leiter, the trusted ally and Bond's best friend is fed to sharks and his newlywed bride has been murdered. After Bond decides to attend to Felix and find out what happens and doesn't leave for his mission, he resigns and his license to kill is revoked by M. Bond goes on a personal vendetta which involves more spying, more detective work and less gadgets and over the top villanious plans. Licence to Kill isn't everybody's cup of tea, and some think it's a Charles Bronson rip off, but personally I see it as more of an Ian Fleming Bond movie, which is ironic since this is the first movie title not to be taken from a Fleming novel. Q has a nice supporting role rather than the smaller role he usually has. In a way, I always see Licence to Kill to be the end of an era for Bond films. It seemed with Goldeneye's release in 1995, Pierce Brosnan's Bond is not the same Bond as portrayed by his four predecessors. I don't know why, but with Felix Leiter out of action, Bond losing his license, the last appearance of so many members of the Bond crew and cast, it seems like Dalton's final portrayal was the end of one continuity, and Brosnan's is a new, revamped Bond. Nonetheless, this is one of the best Bond films of the entire series, both pre-Brosnan and the Brosnan era.

Reviewed by SimonJack 5 / 10 / 10

Bond goes independent in this 007 thriller

This is the second and last film Timothy Dalton made as James Bond, British secret agent 007. In this one, Bond takes on the king of the drug world, Franz Sanchez, played very well by Robert Davi. He even has to resign from the secret service to pursue Sanchez when he was given a different assignment. Bond was best man at his friend, American CIA agent Felix Leiter's wedding. Leiter had led the capture of Sanchez, and the crime boss repayed him by having his new bride raped and killed and then feeding Leiter to the sharks. He survived but lost a leg and an arm. As one can imagine, this Bond film is loaded with action. It's unusual in some ways. First, Q actually gets a role in part of the action. Second, Bond is captured and about done in a few times. Third, he brings the downfall of Sanchez about in an unusual way. The Sanchez stronghold was too impregnable to take down by firepower. So, Bond uses the strength of the Sanchez empire. Sanchez had boasted that he values loyalty more than money. Sanchez knows Bond only as a former secret agent who is now an independent operative. He tries to convince Bond to work for him. Instead, Bond plants doubt in his mind about his associates in his drug empire. It takes some special sleuthing and planting of a few million dollars Bond had obtained by disrupting a sale by Milton Krest (Anthony Zerbe), a trusted business dealer of Sanchez. The doubt festers and as Sanchez misreads his associates' loyalty, he begins to knock off his own associates. Of course, Bond throws some wrenches into the Sanchez operation that help lead to its complete destruction. There are lots of explosions and a long semi convoy chase adds some different action toward the end.

Reviewed by Robert McElwaine 5 / 10 / 10

Marks a disappointing downturn in quality after the superior; The Living Daylights

Timothy Dalton's second and final outing as James Bond which see's him go rogue on a personal vendetta. After 007's long time friend and ally within the CIA; Felix Leiter (David Hedison) is left brutally maimed, and his new-found bride murdered at the hands of drug baron; Franz Sanchez (Robert Davi) he set out to to hunt him down and kill him. MI6, who feel that Sanchez is not their problem strip Bond of his licence to kill, leading him to turn renegade as he goes after Sanchez. Acquiring the services of former army pilot and CIA informer; Pam Bouvier, (Carey Lowell) Bond tracks the Drug kingpin to his drug factory in his quest for revenge. Continuing with the more gritty realism which was introduced with 1987's; The Living Daylights which heralded Shakesperian actor Timothy Dalton's debut in the role of the suave, debonair secret agent; Licence to Kill marked something of slightly more significant departure. Delving in to some darker territory which see's Bond essentially going it alone as he turns his back on MI6, and the 00 branch as he sets out on his own personal agenda. It wouldn't entirely be shocking one might think given the maverick nature of the character. However; while this potentially might have made for an intriguing development to see Commander Bond turning rogue agent it unfortunately comes as the expense of a plot of some substance. Given that; The Living Daylights was refreshing in that it was actually a fairly riveting if flawed action thriller with a story involving the defection of a former KGB officer which in turn is revealed to be a devious double cross involving an American arms dealer, Licence to Kill opts instead for a rather routine story of revenge which had become the staple of the 1980's. There is some further expansion on events as the plot unfolds further, but it does little to deviate from what the movie is thematically. Gone as well as well is our hero's globetrotting and the array of varying foreign locales as the movie's settings are whittled down to on this outing, with both being Florida's Key West and the fictitious South American Republic of Isthmus. For it is here where the movies chief Bond Villain Franz Sanchez 's(a charismatic ally complacent Robert Davi) empire of narcotics is centralized. However what it still does retain are the showstopping action set pieces with the now traditional crowd pleasing pre-opening credits prologue, neatly sowing the early seeds of the film's narrative; as we witness Bond acting as best man to his long time friend and ally within the the CIA; Felix Leiter (David Hedison) as he set to wed his bride, the vivacious Della (Priscilla Barnes). But with unanticipated news that Sanchez has flown in to Key West on personal business; the loyal British secret serviceman backs up the husband to be as he sets out to apprehend the drug kingpin. For a film series that had cemented itself more in gritty reality it's paradoxically audacious as it is implausible. However so was The Living Daylights; and it neatly establishes the contradictory nature of what's to come. Be it Bond hooked to an airplane as he waterski's barefoot to make his getaway with $5 million of a drug shipment to a climatic final showdown involving four oil-tankers as he pursues his latest foe, no expense was spared in terms of sheer spectacle. It just doesn't quite compensate for the deficiencies within Michael G. Wilson and Richard Maibaum's patchy script. The film never fully gets to grips with the full ramifications of Bonds insubordination, and without giving anything away they become little of anything else but an afterthought which we the viewers are supposed to conveniently forget. It feels condescending as if they don't expect their target audience to engage their brain and account for these pertinent plot developments and the impact they should have. Bond is for my money at his most cavalier, and although he is forced partway through the story to face the realization that there is more to his personal vendetta that's at stake; it's never really addressed again. Despite this there's the welcome return of Desmond Llewellyn as Q who's usual minimal supporting role is expanded upon (as it was in 1983's Octopussy) although I do acknowledge that it does feel contrived. Carey Lowell offers ample support although she's ultimately forgettable as former United States Army pilot, and CIA informer; Pam Bouvier. Robert Davi does carry some weight and presence as Sanchez but try as he might, there's little he can arouse significant interest in him. Although there's more gravitas to the who tone of the film; I would have liked to have seen a more sneering, contemptuous interpretation of the villain. A youthful, pre-fame Benicio Del Toro does partially make up for this as Dario, one of Sanchez's lackey's but in a world where we have seen 007 square off against formidable human killing machines like Necros in; The Living Daylights, he just doesn't quite cut the mustard as any kind of credible threat. With Dalton of course rounding off the cast; and acquitting himself as effectively as he had done so before; Licence to Kill regrettably marked a downturn in the standard set up pretty well with what had gone before. unsurprisingly this would be Dalton's last hurrah to a short-lived stint in the role and while hardly awful, I couldn't help but still feel a tad shortchanged. The film may have been called; Licence to Kill; but it didn't quite have as much of a Licence to thrill as I would have liked.

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