Licence To Kill Reviews
Timothy Dalton is a good actor but portrays Bond rather bland compared to the more witty other actors who came before and after him.
There is a lot to like about this film, namely Dalton's performance that illustrates his acting chops but the film feels flat at times.
Looking to revitalise the franchise, The writers take Bond off his leash and let him go rogue, in a better than average last outing for Dalton.
2/5 Bond is on his own but...gets a few toys
Girls 2/5 largely ,dressed up scenery
Villain 3/5 Okay
Bond Theme 2/5 largely forgettable
James Bond 007: Timothy Dalton
Pam Bouvier: Carey Lowell
Franz Sanchez: Robert David
Felix Lieter: David Henderson
Miss Moneypenny: Caroline Bliss
Q: Desmond Llewelyn
M: Robert Brown
On CIA agent Felix Leiter's (David Hedison , in his second stint in the role, the first being Live and Let Die) wedding day, he and Bond capture drug lord Franz Sanchez (Robert Davi), who then escapes and kills Leiter's new wife Della (Priscill Barnes), and takes Felix's leg by feeding him to a shark. 007 then ignores M's (Robert Brown) warning to not go after Sanchez, and embarks on a personal vendetta that causes him to have his license to kill revoked by MI6. Having now become a rogue agent, Bond tracks Sanchez to his base of operations in South America with the help of a beautiful CIA pilot, Pam Bouvier (Carey Lowell) and the one and only Q (Desmond Llewelyn).
This is the first Bond film to receive a "PG-13" rating, and it is also one of the most serious 007 adventures ever. But, overall this film disappoints in every way. Dalton, once again is way too hard edged for Bond, Robert Davi is adequate in the main villain role, but nothing special. Carey Lowell is very forgettable as the main Bond girl. And Desmond Llewelyn's "Q" is the best part of the film. Other notable secondary characters are a young Benicio Del Toro and the ever charismatic Wayne Newton.
Even the lackluster "Living Daylights" is better then this 007 outing. After three straight sub par Bond films in a row, the franchise had grown stale and would not return for another six years.