Licence to Kill

1989

Action / Adventure / Thriller

114
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 76%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 59%
IMDb Rating 6.6 10 81594

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Timothy Dalton as James Bond
Carey Lowell as Pam Bouvier
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by SimonJack 7 / 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

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.

Reviewed by cinemajesty 7 / 10

Bond Sixteen

Movie Review: "007: Licence To Kill" (1989)

This "007" comes along with an highly U.S. Americanized attitude. In the wake of hard-boild action movies as "Lethal Weapon" (1987) and "Die Hard" (1988) the character of James Bond, portrayed once again in boldness-striking charactization by actor Timothy Dalton, in where his "007" interpretation gets on a private vendetta to avenge his closest friend, cold-blooded executed by the strongest Bond Nemesis in years; the character of Franz Sanchez, performed by buttocks-whipping ironized-ruling antagonist-indulging actor Robert Davi, who from a sophisticated helicopter-airplane-capturing live-action stunt work beginnings to a fire-breathing truck crashing finish line in "Licence To Kill", which keeps the character of James Bond on the run throughout the picture.

The production office gets new additions with Barbara Broccoli, acting associate producer alongside her father Albert R. Broccoli (1909-1996), who gambles with producing partner Michael G. Wilson on denying to rely on any of the intial author Ian Fleming (1908-1964) short stories. The original screenplay by Richard Maibaum (1909-1991) and Michael G. Wilson, in final functions at the writing department before the break-a-new "GoldenEye" (1995), brings in high-risk new features close to an R-rated body count in fierce gun fights, live-flesh shark feedings, explosions in mid-summer heat and a Mexican-U.S. border drug war with the character of Sanchez, seeking vengeance for temporarly imprisonement in a realism-preaching pre-title sequence, cleaning up all competitors in the process to achieve a money-for-drugs business deal about to be stopped by Bond.

To this point "Licence To Kill" (1989) marks arguably the most realistic "007" action movie since "Dr. No" (1962). The emotional relationships between James Bond portraying actor Timothy Dalton and actress Carey Lowell, given face to originally written character of Pam Bouvier, who takes part of the action from casino decoying beats to up in the air compact plane navigations. In this "007" movie, everything what James Bond stands-for has been put in jeopardy, which makes it stand out in the crowd of an total twenty-four pictures between 1962 and 2015. The suspense is heart-pounding at times with a constant under pressure James Bond targeting even "Q", portrayed by Desmond Llewelyn (1914-1999) at age 74, in a Key West hotel room before receiving his first fingerprint-signature weapon; a rifle, not yet the pistol, to assassinate Sanchez in his office from an exterior rooftop vantage point at night.

This Bond makes full use of its 32 Million U.S. Dollar production budget, captured mainly on U.S. American and Mexican locations, which gives "Licence To Kill" a certain summer movie image system, elegantly shot by cinematographer Alec Mills, accompanied by an back-to-the-classics embracing score composer Michael Kamen (1948-2003), when Timothy Dalton gives his farewells to the character of James Bond, which he has given his own signature to be enjoyed in highly recommended revisits of Bond 16.

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