Licence To Kill (1989)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

United Kingdom/USA, 1989.  Danjaq, United Artists. Screenplay by , , based on characters created by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , Michael G. Wilson.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

‘s second outing as British agent James Bond 007 is as thrilling as the first time around, and features a much darker story than usual. This time, Bond leaves his agency and goes on a personal mission to avenge the maiming of his good friend Felix Leiter (of the CIA) and the murder of Leiter’s wife.  Doing so means going after an evil drug lord () and, despite not having the British government on his side, Bond manages to get along by relying on his wits, gadgets and charm with the ladies. is the villain’s sexy ex-girlfriend, and  a helpful pilot; this one doesn’t manage to shake off all the cheesy elements of the Roger Moore adventures, but Dalton’s serious and sultry Bond elevates it to a new level. Look for future Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro as one of the bad guy’s goons.

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