Licence to Kill

Licence to Kill

John Glen (1989)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Timothy Dalton was not everybody's choice to replace urbane Roger Moore when he retired his Walther PPK after A View to a Kill in 1985, a verdict confirmed by the limp response to The Living Daylights, his first mission as James Bond. But his second outing is an altogether tougher, grittier affair and is well suited to Dalton's brooding incarnation of Ian Fleming's superspy. Indeed, John Glen's fifth (and final) Bond film as director has more in common with the more visceral, bloody violence of Lethal Weapon and Die Hard than the wry silliness of the Moore era. You know you're in virgin territory when Bond resigns the day job to go and get the brutal drugs lord (Robert Davi), who's just fed his best mate to a shark on his wedding day. This time it's personal and Davi's stone-faced Sanchez and his snarling knife-wielding henchman (played by a young Benicio Del Toro) prove formidable and unflinchingly nasty adversaries. But it's not all business and no play for Bond, as he also gets up close and intimate with a sassy CIA agent (Carey Lowell) and Sanchez's sultry girlfriend Lupe (Talisa Soto). It's a watchable adventure boosted by impressive action sequences and a fiery climax with a bone-crunching punch-up. Pity Dalton didn't have another crack at proving his secret-agent credentials.



Cast & Crew

James Bond Timothy Dalton
Pam Bouvier Carey Lowell
Franz Sanchez Robert Davi
Lupe Lamora Talisa Soto
Milton Krest Anthony Zerbe
Sharkey Frank McRae
Killifer Everett McGill
Professor Joe Butcher Wayne Newton
Dario Benicio Del Toro
Truman-Lodge Anthony Starke
President Hector Lopez Pedro Armendáriz Jr
"Q" Desmond Llewelyn
Felix Leiter David Hedison
Della Churchill Priscilla Barnes
"M" Robert Brown
Miss Moneypenny Caroline Bliss
Heller Don Stroud
Kwang Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
Hawkins Grand L Bush
Fallon Christopher Neame (2)
Director John Glen
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: U.I.P. (UK)Guidance: Violence, swearing.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray