LICENCE TO KILL (15)
D: John Glen
MGM/United Artists/Eon (Albert R. Broccoli & Michael G. Wilson)
UK/USA 🇬🇧 🇺🇸 1989
W: Michael G. Wilson & Richard Maibaum [based on characters created by Ian Fleming]
DP: Alec Mills
Ed: John Grover
Mus: Michael Kamen
Timothy Dalton (James Bond), Carey Lowell (Pam Bouvier), Robert Davi (Franz Chavez), Talisa Soto (Lupe Lamora), Anthony Zerbe (Milton Krest), Benicio Del Toro (Dario)
Nearly two decades before Daniel Craig starred in dark & violent Bond movies, Timothy Dalton played 007 in this camp and violent outing for the British secret agent, who goes rogue and wants revenge when a newly-wed colleague is left for dead and his wife murdered by a remorseless drug dealer and his henchmen.
For me, there's very little about this film to fit it into the James Bond series of films, the violence is out of place considering the films which preceded and the main villain just seems lifted from any routine crime thriller made around the same time. Timothy Dalton isn't suave enough to play the lead either and it's no surprise that this was his last Bond movie after just two movies. The franchise itself went on a six year break until Pierce Brosnan stepped into the shoes for Goldeneye.
Great title song, but the rest of the film isn't great. Poorly staged action scenes which feel like parody, stilted dialogue, plot points and characters which go nowhere and a huge waste of Q's amazing gadgets. Not the worst Bond movie, but it's closer to the bottom of the list than the top.