Licence to Kill [DVD] [1989]

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Overall Customer Rating:
98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (66 out of 68)

Synopsis


Licence to Kill
For his second outing as James Bond, Timothy Dalton is working on his own rather than on behalf of the British Secret Service in this follow-up to {$The Living Daylights). When his American friend Felix Leiter (David Hedison), an agent of the Drug Enforcement Administration, is seriously injured by drug dealer Franz Sanchez (Robert Davi), 007 is out for blood. There is precious little time for the usual Bondian quippery and campiness, resulting in a marked increase in bloodletting (including the "implosion" of secondary villain Anthony Zerbe). A climactic highway chase involving an oil tanker and a helicopter is the highlight, as well as Benecio Del Toro in an early role as the psychotic henchman Dario. Licence to Kill's intensified taste for violence lessened Bond's box-office value, and helped keep 007 off the screen for another six years before Pierce Brosnan took up the mantle. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Timothy Dalton
    Timothy Dalton - James Bond
  • Carey Lowell
    Carey Lowell - Pam Bouvier
  • Robert Davi
    Robert Davi - Franz Sanchez
  • Anthony Zerbe
    Anthony Zerbe - Milton Krest
  • Frank McRae
    Frank McRae - Sharkey



Overall customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An Underrated Bond Film That Was Ahead Of Its Time

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    RCE62
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    Way before current Bond actor Daniel Craig 's tough, gritty and realistic portrayal of 007, there was Timothy Dalton who played the Mi-6 agent in two films: "The Living Daylights" in 1987 and "Licence To Kill" in 1989. Unfortunately, audiences and critics in general in the late-80s were not yet quite ready for Dalton's approach and interpretation -- albeit faithful to Bond creator Ian Fleming's vision -- of an intense, living-on-the-edge government assassin. This was too drastic a paradigm shift from the lighthearted, broadly-comedic and overly-debonair Bond persona which predecessor (now Sir) Roger Moore brought to the public in seven successive Bond movies from 1973 to 1985. Dalton's first outing in 1987 was well-received given that "The Living Daylights" as a whole was still closer to the Moore style of films. The second one though was tailor-made for Dalton and his realistic edginess, brought to the fore and accentuated by the film's vendetta plot, and manifested by a high level of tough, mean violence and dark ironic humor that Bond fans were not accustomed to. Thus, "Licence To Kill" did not fare very well, commercially and critically, during its original release. Today, however, this film may be seen as tame versus the current Daniel Craig movies.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the Greatest Bond Movies!

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    TheWhiteQueen

    Licence to Kill has a great plot that keeps you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. Timothy Dalton in his portrayal of Bond fits the character superbly, bringing to life the charming, take-charge super spy we all know and love. In this film, Bond goes against his organization in order to take down a Colombian drug lord whose operation hit a little too close to home. The action sequences and special effect are spectacular for the time (1989) and it's great to see a strong female lead, Carey Lowell, dishing it out not just to the bad guys, but to James as well. He quickly learns that Pam Bovier is one lady never to underestimate. Robert Davi does an excellent job as Sanchez, keeping Bond on his feet every step of the way, and, Wayne Newton's portrayal of Professor Joe is priceless. I would recommend this DVD to anyone who enjoys Bond films or action films in general. It's worth it!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Dalton is great as Bond in Licence To Kill!!

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    RayK01

    This is a great Bond movie in which for the first time,we see Bond on a revenge spree after the attack on his friend Leiter.Dalton is incredible as a vengeful Bond after the person or persons responsible for the attack of his friend Felix Leiter.Great action,and a look at a young and very talented actor Benico Del Toro!I don't care what some may say about Dalton as Bond,I thought he was just perfect in the role of Bond,being the first next to Craig to bring a more real Bond to play.Highly recommended!!

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not Bad

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    Kamahama3x
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    Licence to Kill is a classic Bond film with Timothy Dalton reprising his role as 007 in this fast-paced/action packed film. There are is little room for boredom when it comes to watching this movie. Timothy Dalton excels in his role that he has made even more interesting since his last performance on "The Living Daylights". Robert Davi makes a great villain for the film. It was a surprise to see a young Del Toro in this film. Overall, a really must have film for fans of action and especially of Bond, James Bond.

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  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    the nadir of the Bond series

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    prlwctd

    Licence to Kill is my least favorite Bond because, first and foremost, it's a complete snoozefest. Sure there's a sexy leading lady (Carey Lowell) and the appearances from Wayne Newton and then-unknown Benecio Del Toro, but the producers' idea of being more 'realistic' is really having more and more outlandish stunts. There's also Dalton's Bond, who is probably the most unlikable hero in screen history. Thankfully, the series would be back on track with the next entry, Goldeneye (even though we had to wait six years for it).

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    This Movie Ruined the Character!

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    Godzillafan1995fwc
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    Licence to Kill is the one of the worst James Bond movies in my eyes. The worst thing about it is not Timothy Dalton, oh no, it's the premise of him losing his licence to kill. I don't like the premise of that. I mean Bond is a government agent for crying out loud and being a government agent means you have the right to kill your target. I feel that losing his licence to kill just ruins the character. I will say that this movie had a lot of potential.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good not great; Dalton's swan song

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    Mikaln
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    Licence to Kill is a real anomaly in the Bond pantheon; it's nasty and vicious, and seems to point the way for more violence in the coming Bond films. But it lacks the scope and world threat that are so key to a true Bondian film experience. The acting is first rate (Robert Davi, Carrie Lowell), but excellent acting (Wayne Newton as the TV preacher) doesn't substitute for star quality, and Dalton never wears the Bond image. Worthwhile, but ultimately, not a Bond film.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I love the newer Bond movies

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    hotrodguy
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    I love all the Bond movies but I love the newer ones because they have more action than the classics and this one is no exception. While Timothy Dalton may not be my favorite Bond, he plays the role well and with more action and gadgets, the movies get more fun. If you get these on sale, even better, don't pass them up.

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