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Licence to Kill

1 rating: 5.0
A movie directed by John Glen

James Bond (Timothy Dalton) returns with a vengeance in LICENCE TO KILL. Having just witnessed his best friend's wedding, Bond is shocked when he learns that ruthless drug runner Franz Sanchez (Robert Davi) has assaulted the couple on their honeymoon, … see full wiki

Cast: Talisa Soto
Director: John Glen
Release Date: 1989
MPAA Rating: PG-13
1 review about Licence to Kill

Jeese! You Have To Have a License for Everything.

  • May 14, 2008
Pros: Excitement, acting, and the beautiful scenes will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Cons: Violence and innuendo in some of the scenes are not suited for children.

The Bottom Line: I would highly recommend this for all those James Bond fanatics out there. This will keep you wanting to watch some of his other older movies.

Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot.

In 1989, they came out with “License to Kill”, a James Bond movie number 16 of 22, and that is if you don't count the very first movie, Casino Royale, which was not in the series. That was made strictly for television and in black and white. License to kill is the second of two movies that Timothy Dalton has starred in. The first movie was called “The Living Daylights” made in 1987. I don't think there will be anybody that could ever replace Sean Connery or Roger Moore. I have all 22 movies plus, the earliest black and white version of Casino Royale, which was made strictly for TV in 1954. Every time one of these movies comes out. I usually wait for it to come out on DVD so that I can add it to my collection. But there are times when I get in the mood to just sit down and watch one of these on a Saturday afternoon. With all of the new ones that have come out, people seem to forget that there still are some good ones that have been out for awhile, but they just need to be reminded that they are out there and “License to Kill” is one of those good ones. With Timothy Dalton, playing the part of James Bond they tried to keep the English accent, along with all of the other Bond movies. The director, John Glenn tried to find somebody that would keep people on the edge of their seat. Plus have a different style of acting, trying to stay away from the style of acting of Sean Connery and Roger Moore.

As each new Bond movie comes out. They send him on a more dangerous mission than the last. This particular one finds James Bond trying to avenge the death of his old friend and his very seductive and beautiful new bride Della Churchhill, (played by Priscilla Barnes), agent Felix Leiter, (played by David Hedison). While he is trying to seek revenge for the death of his friend, MI6 ordered Bond to forget about that matter. “M” said it was not their problem and tried to give him a new assignment. Bob refuses to follow orders and stripped of his license to kill status. He leaves MI6 to go on a personal vendetta, he promises to avenge his friend's death by traveling the world to find the person responsible for this. He finds out that drug lord Franz Sanchez (played by Robert Davi) and of course there is a villainess of this movie, and she is the sultry Lupe Lamora, (played by Talisa Soto) as beautiful as she is she tries to become friends with Bond as he tries to play both sides of the track.

He goes on several different adventures, his usual boat chase and fights on an unmanned airplane and confrontations with gunfire and explosions in the middle of the Mexican desert. These are all very exciting scenes, from the Mexican desert to back in Miami. He continues to fight against the DEA agents and the outlandish drug lord. Bonds still insists that Sanchez (drug lord) is responsible for the death of his friend, but his boss at MI6 does not believe him and says it is not their problem. Bond gets a little help from fellow agent Sharkey, (played by Frank McRae) they go after their next obstacle, which is a remote-controlled drone, which is used for smuggling drugs into the marina. They figured that if they could pull this off. This would damage and hurt the drug smuggling operation. The underwater scenes of bond fighting with the spear gun is very real Bonds seems to be superhuman through all of this, once he has tried to board this drone he finds out that Pam Bouvier (played by Carey Lowell) another one of the Bond girls is involved. The chemistry between Bond and all of the Bond girls does very well. There are more scenes with enough explosion to satisfy your thirst for the Bond movies such as Stinger missiles attack, fuel trucks blowing up, and other such excitement's will keep you on the edge of your seat.

I know that Timothy Dalton is only used in only two of the Bond movies, but for some reason, what ever person they pick to play Bond, they do a fine job recruiting them. I find that the job that he does in both of his movies is extra ordinarily different than Sean Connery and Roger Moore. He has his own style of acting. Once you have seen the new movie and go back to watching one of these older ones. You can see the difference in the gadgets and exciting scenes. They become more extravagant as life goes on. The new movie “Quantum of Solace” which comes out in October of 2008 is supposed to be movie of all movies in the James Bond series. Basically, the quality of this film stands up, just like all the rest. Bond and the villains, I would rate as highly decorated actors. It seemed to take a special personality to be one of the henchmen, which again I would highly rate as extraordinary. The beautiful Bond girls all three of them sexy and sultry as they are did not seem to overreact on any of their parts. It was nice to see that they bring certain Bond colleagues back playing their original parts from movie to movie.

Overall Conclusion
I would highly recommend this movie to all of those James Bond fanatics. It is always nice to go back in time and watch some of his older movies. Even though it is a different James Bond, the imagination is still there about being a spy operative. The scenes from different countries are extraordinarily beautiful. The only thing that I did not like was the theme song sung by Gladys Knight. This was the only part that did not rate very high on my scale.

Other Bond Movies
Here is a list of all of the other Bond movies if you are interested:Casino Royale (1954), Dr. No (1962), From Russia with Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunder Ball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), Casino Royale (1967), On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), Live and Let Die(1973), The Man with the Golden Gun(1974), Moonraker(1979), For Your Eyes Only (1981), Octopussy (1983), Never Say Never Again(1985), The Living Daylights(1987), Goldeneye (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies(1997), The World Is Not Enough(1999), Die Another Day(2002), Casino Royale(2006), and the newest movie coming out in 2008 Quantum of Solace.

Any of these movies I would highly recommend to watch anytime day or night. If you like computerized gadgets fight scenes, explosions, and all kinds of adventure these are the movies for you.


Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Better than Watching TV
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 13 and Older

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