Licence to Kill

{4/5} “Remember, if it hadn’t been for Q branch you’d have been dead long ago.”

Licence to Kill, released in 1989

When a drug lord named Sanchez feeds the lower half of Felix Leiter’s body to a shark, James Bond vows revenge. M expects Bond to do the mission he’s been assigned instead, so Bond resigns. Without the resources of the British government behind him, Bond asks a friend of Felix’s named Pam to help him take down Sanchez.

The story is somewhat interesting, as it’s different than the usual. It’s certainly one of the most realistic entries in the series.

Bond always makes his shot — unless he’s shooting at a bad guy who’s not supposed to die until later. Moneypenny and Q provide aid to Bond even though he’s not on an official mission.

David Hedison plays Felix Leiter for the 2nd time, having played him in Live and Let Die.

Richard Maibaum wrote or co-wrote 12 of the 15 James Bond movies from “Dr. No” to “Licence to Kill.” Michael G. Wilson co-wrote 5 of the movies with Maibaum — from “For Your Eyes Only” to “Licence to Kill.”

Stars Timothy Dalton, Robert Davi, and Carey Lowell. Directed by John Glen (The Living Daylights). The music is by Michael Kamen — it’s OK but not brilliant.

This is probably the 2nd time I’ve seen it.

I previously reviewed The Living Daylights.

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