Licence To Kill

1989, Movie, PG-13, 133 mins

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Although James Bond purists will no doubt be dismayed by the drastic character change undergone by 007 in his 16th outing, LICENCE TO KILL offers a fresh look at the superspy, a new set of villains, and some of the most spectacular action sequences yet seen in the series. The film finds Bond (Timothy Dalton) in the Florida Keys for the wedding of his CIA buddy Felix Leiter (David Hedison). The happy event is interrupted, however, when Leiter and Bond make a detour to capture Franz Sanchez (Robert Davi), a notorious Colombian drug dealer. But that night Sanchez escapes with the help of a corrupt DEA agent (Anthony Zerbe). Sanchez dispatches his goons to Leiter's home, where they create havoc. Bond vows revenge, ignores his superior's orders to give up his personal vendetta, and is subsequently stripped of his license to kill by M (Robert Brown) himself. In his second outing as Bond, Dalton presents a more serious, harder-edged agent 007 than either the Roger Moore or Sean Connery incarnations. This new spin lends some badly-needed complexity to a character that had become increasingly cartoonish and predictable. As with Bond, the villain here, played superbly by Davi, is much more realistic and complex than the usual exaggerated Bond heavy. Hardcore Bond fans may be dismayed by some of the changes, but no one can deny that the action scenes staged by director John Glen are some of the most spectacular of the entire series and well worth the price of admission. leave a comment

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