LICENCE TO KILL (Theatrical Release USA 1989)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.0|5.0 Starsìììì

Licence To Kill keeps tradition with those over-the-top opening action scenes that audiences have come to expect as the trademark of a good 007 Bond film. While this film is almost on par with the previous Timothy Dalton interpretation of Agent 007 in The Living Daylights (1987), this movie does the same thing that the last Dalton film did to this spy series. It runs more along a police story’s line than a bona fide spy thriller story. The movie almost seems to naturally set itself up for a replacement James Bond which does happen with the casting of Pierce Brosnan as the next James Bond in the 1995 release of GoldenEye and in the 1997 release of Tomorrow Never Dies.

Storyline

James Bond (Timothy Dalton) finds himself performing as a rogue agent when his licence to kill becomes revoked.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director John Glen for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Albert R. Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: James Bond (Timothy Dalton), Pam Bouvier (Carey Lowell), Franz Sanchez (Robert Davi), Lupe Lamora (Talisa Soto), Milton Krest (Anthony Zerbe), Sharkey (Frank McRae), Felix Leiter (David Hedison), Professor Joe Butcher (Wayne Newton), Dario (Benicio Del Toro), Truman-Lodge (Anthony Starke), and Ed Killifer (Everett McGill).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. While it seems Sean Connery will always stand alone as the quintessential James Bond (Diamonds Are Forever), for 007 fans needing a dip into ‘Bond’, the movie will not disappoint and is worth watching. However, Diamonds Are Forever and Tomorrow Never Dies perform at higher, quality watches than this movie.

Ben Meyers

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