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—Ryan Peterson
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Synopsis: James Bond goes rogue and sets off to unleash vengeance on a drug lord who tortured his best friend, a C.I.A. agent, and left him for dead and murdered his bride after he helped capture him.


Reaction: A couple of sections are a bit more brutal in their violence than previous Bond outings. A few okay sequences but overall not my favorite.


Personal Rating: 4/10

Select Cast and Crew
John Glen => Director
Michael G. Wilson => Writer / DEA Agent (voice) (uncredited)
Richard Maibaum => Writer
Michael Kamen => Composer
Ian Fleming => Characters
Alejandro Bracho => Perez
Anthony Starke => Truman-Lodge
Anthony Zerbe => Milton Krest
Benicio Del Toro => Dario
Branscombe Richmond => Barrelhead Bar Patron (uncredited)
Carey Lowell => Pam Bouvier
Caroline Bliss => Miss Moneypenny
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa => Kwang
Christopher Neame => Fallon
Claudio Brook => Montelongo
Cynthia Fallon => Consuelo
David Hedison => Felix Leiter
Desmond Llewelyn => Q
Diane Hsu => Loti (as Diana Lee-Hsu)
Don Stroud => Heller
Eddie Edenfield => Clive
Enrique Novi => Rasmussen
Everett McGill => Ed Killifer
Frank McRae => Sharkey
Grand L. Bush => Hawkins
Guy De Saint Cyr => Braun
Pedro Armendáriz Jr. => President Hector Lopez (as Pedro Armendariz)
Priscilla Barnes => Della Churchill Leiter
Rafer Johnson => Mullens
Robert Brown [II] => M
Robert Davi => Franz Sanchez
Talisa Soto => Lupe Lamora
Timothy Dalton => James Bond
Wayne Newton => Professor Joe Butcher

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Throughout the series Q (Desmond Llewelyn) is constantly reprimanding Bond for damaging or losing his equipment. Here, as a touch of irony, after he uses his rake/radio, he blithely tosses it in the bushes and walks away.
  • Despite being one of the least commercially successful [Bond] movies in the United States, it was considered by director John Glen his best "007". This opinion is shared by some fans and critics who praise the realism of Licence to Kill.
  • Pam Bouvier (played by Carey Lowell) is the first Bond Girl to ever actually drink one of Bond's signature vodka-martini cocktails.
  • Released in the summer of 1989, this movie suffered in competition from a welter of big box office blockbusters, including Batman, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Lethal Weapon 2, The Abyss, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and Ghostbusters II. Ever since, all [Bond] films have been released in either fall or winter.
  • In AMC's Bond Girls Are Forever, Carey Lowell said that she shut her eyes and flinched every time she fired the gun and had to be trained to fire with her eyes open because a CIA op would not flinch. However, she still winces a bit whenever she fires the handgun.
  • During the scene where James Bond is hanging by a hook over the cocaine grinder, Benicio Del Toro's character is cutting him loose. During filming he actually cut Timothy Dalton's hand and the scene had to be stopped so he could be stitched up.
  • The scene where Bond resigns from the MI6 was shot at Ernest Hemingway's house in Key West. That's why when M (Robert Brown [II]) informs 007 that his licence to kill is revoked, he replies, "I guess this is a farewell to arms," a nod to one of Hemingway's most famous novels.
  • Of all the [Bond] films, this one has the largest role for Desmond Llewelyn as Q.
  • At 21 years old, Benicio Del Toro is the youngest actor to ever play a villain in a [James Bond] film.
  • In an interview during filming in September 1988 Timothy Dalton denied media claims that his Bond was not allowed to have as much sex due to the AIDS epidemic at the time. However, in a 2007 interview he admitted that this was in fact true.
  • According to Robert Davi, he wrote his line "Loyalty is more important to me than money." This sentiment is echoed in the torture scene from Casino Royale.