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Licence to Kill

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United Kingdom, Mexico, United States · 1989
Rated PG · 2h 13m
Director John Glen
Starring Timothy Dalton, Carey Lowell, Robert Davi, Talisa Soto
Genre Action, Adventure, Thriller

After capturing the notorious drug lord Franz Sanchez, James Bond’s close friend and former CIA agent Felix Leiter is left dead and his wife murdered. Bond goes rogue and seeks vengeance on those responsible as he infiltrates Sanchez’s organization from the inside.

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He may look the part, but Timothy Dalton fails the boots, the scuba gear, or the automobiles left him by Moore and Connery.


The New York Times by Caryn James

For all its clever updatings, stylish action and witty escapism, Licence to Kill is still a little too much by the book. Mr. Dalton is perfectly at home as an angry Bond, and as a romantic lead and as an action hero, but he never seems to blend any two of those qualities at once.


Chicago Tribune by Dave Kehr

If Licence to Kill has one of Bond`s best heavies, it also has one of his best heroines in Carey Lowell, a strapping brunet who plays an ex-Army pilot reluctantly enrolled on Bond`s side. Lowell`s line readings may be only adequate, but she moves with the grace and vigor an action movie needs.


Washington Post by Desson Thomson

But this cruise is also a gruesome one. You may find yourself shaken -- not stirred -- by the screenwriting cruelty and cynicism behind the 16th "Bond."


Chicago Sun-Times by Roger Ebert

On the basis of this second performance as Bond, Dalton can have the role as long as he enjoys it. He makes an effective Bond - lacking Sean Connery's grace and humor, and Roger Moore's suave self-mockery, but with a lean tension and a toughness that is possibly more contemporary.

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