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License to Kill (1989) Movie Information

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John Glen


Timothy Dalton
Robert Davi
Carey Lowell
Talisa Soto
David Hedison
Benicio Del Toro





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Bond is out for revenge when his good friend Felix Leiter is attacked and nearly killed by a drug lord. However, when M and his government forbid him from pursuing the matter, he goes off on his own personal vendetta. -- Chris Kavan

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Yojimbo 09/19/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Having Bond go rogue is a nice idea on paper, but Timothy Dalton's tour as Bond is promptly scuppered by a script with all the subtlety of Bernard Manning with a sledgehammer. A shame, as The Living Daylights was really rather good.

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Daniel Corleone 12/07/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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This reviewer feels that Majesty's Secret Service was much better than this film. Its pace of the story wanders, lead not as engaging as the other artists who portrayed Bond and the score not as interesting. A more angst inspired Bond with wonderful stunts only shadowed by the overall execution, License to Kill was not a well made Bond film.

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Snoogans 05/09/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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It's another standout in the series (like Majesty's Secret Service), but it works for me. I enjoyed it more than most Bond fans.

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Chris Kavan 09/09/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Timothy Dalton was never my favorite Bond. While License to Kill has plenty of action, it never really fits into that James Bond mold.

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Ichabod Crane 06/12/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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This Bond is far more violent than most Bonds you might see especailly involving the graphic nature of the violence. The violent is a bit too much actually and the two newewst bonds actually show how you can be more violent without be distasetful like how some of the violence is in this one. That aside the plot is semi interesting the action scenes are okay, as is the villian and Bond himself is fine by Dalton as a different kind of Bond. It is not great but it is okay basically. A side note is this film really sticks as being made in the late eighties by its music and its look.

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11/10/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

“The enemy of my enemy is my friend.”

The plot is rather different from that of the standard Bond film as Bond goes after a ruthless South American drug lord Franz Sanchez, who threw his American colleague and good buddy Felix Leiter to the sharks and murdered his wife.

Bond resolves to seek revenge on Sanchez, but the American authorities seem uninterested, and Bond is ordered not to pursue the matter by his superior, M. So Bond defies orders from Her Majesty's Secret Service, leading M to revoke his license to kill and continues on his personal vendetta but unlike any of his previous missions, Bond is now an outlaw, no longer working for the government, so the criminals he is pursuing are not the only ones who are against him!

The Bond girls forever a staple of the series are suitably glamorous and inevitably succumb...

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