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Licence To Kill Reviews

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July 25, 2016
One of The darkest Bond Films, Timothy Dalton brings grit and intensity for a blood-hungry Bond full of gruesome action and a super dark tone
July 24, 2016
VERY big step up from The Living Daylights. Great villain, great action and Timothy Dalton does an outstanding job as Bond here. We've come back to the times of the Connery era!
½ July 23, 2016
Licence to Kill is probably in the top 10 best Bond films ever made. It's action has not aged at all, and Timothy Dalton's performance packs a punch stronger than before.
½ July 12, 2016
WHAT I LIKED: One of the best in the series, 'License to kill' sees Dalton settle into the role to bring an excellent performance with the right levels of grit and charm. Match that with one of the best protagonists, a gritty revenge plot and some of the greatest relationship dynamics we've ever seen, and you're onto a real winner.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: Perhaps the last act is a touch silly...
VERDICT: It's a shame that Dalton couldn't stay because this is Connery level stuff. What an enjoyable film.
½ June 4, 2016
Certainly a heavier entry on the James Bond franchise that brings a different charm that fortunately works because of interisting charachters and a impressively good performance by Timothy Dalton.
April 15, 2016
This Deserves More, so Underrated
½ April 13, 2016
Very different to literally all of the other Bond entries, The only thing that makes it a Bond movie is the name as it's more of a revenge story and is quite dark too, It has some good action scenes and car chases, The stunts were very good too, Again hardly any corny one liners or cheesy scenes, It's a shame Dalton only signed for two movies as I wouldn't of mind seeing him play Bond again.
April 12, 2016
Timothy Dalton gives a more assured performance as Bond in his second movie in the leading role. He also has a better plot which, despite one or two slips, gives 007 plenty to do. Unusually for a Bond movie, the plot concerns a personal issue for the super spy where he seeks to avenge his old friend Felix Leiter after a South American drug baron kills Leiter's new wife and feeds him to his pet shark. There are the usual Bond staples of spectacular hanging out of aeroplane stunts, car chases, casinos, and 5 star hotels in glamorous locations but there are noticeably fewer bikini-clad ladies lounging by the villain's pool. In such big budget movies, it's often the details that let things down and there are some clumsy effects, even allowing for the age of the film. A draw full of obviously rubber maggots and a few plastic fish seem needlessly crude and there's a cringe-worthy winking fountain at the end of the film. There's also a bizarre role for crooner Wayne Newton as a kind of TV evangelist who forms part of the villain's operations, a character that only really fulfils the need to get some kind of over-sized base into the movie. However, this is an assured, if unchallenging movie and I think it is a shame that Dalton moved on from the part following its release. Licence To Kill could have been better and hasn't aged terribly well, however it could have been much, much worse and it did mark a bit of an upward turn for a patchy franchise something that Dalton himself can take much of the credit for.
½ March 28, 2016
This is a very different Bond. This whole movie is about revenge. A very good story that gives you the full story upfront. The action is pretty good. Overall a good Bond movie.
March 25, 2016
A grounded Bond story that is more personal than professional, a welcome change of pace from previous over-the-top installments. Dalton gives another great performance in his final Bond outing.
March 5, 2016
160305: Sky diving to your wedding? Wheelie popping semi-trucks? Yes, the nonsense I've always hated so much continues. Other than a couple pretty faces, Lowell & Soto; and ugly, Del Toro & Davi; not much to see here. As I'm progressing forward in time, I still hold out hope that, one day, a James Bond film will really appeal to me.
February 23, 2016
Not the regular kind of Bond, but certainly a welcome diversion, and well-suited to Dalton's emotionally-charged take on the character. More of a regular action film in the vein of most 80s/90s productions, and this is possibly the goriest of the whole series to boot. Lowell has spunk and it's possibly here that the tenor of femmes fatales in the series changed for the better. Davi earns more stripes for his excellently-portrayed movie villains, and a young Del Toro for the same as well in one of his firsts. It's not without its cracks showing though - it's mostly blind luck that gets Bond through the plot yet again, and also, that's clearly pasta, not maggots.
February 22, 2016
Licnece to Kill surprised everybody, and is quite good, but the plot and villain are just too forgettable to give it a above average rating.
Super Reviewer
½ February 8, 2016
Arming 007 with a rousing amount of darkness and edge, the first PG-13-rated Bond film finds Dalton in top form and the series getting down and dirty. Yes, Casino Royale shakes and stirs Bond into pitch blackness, but License to Kill tries it first and to mostly good effect. Featuring explosively thrilling action scenes and Benicio Del Toro in a breakout role, the film's worst offense (it still holds the record as the lowest earning Bond in the franchise) is debuting in a pre-9/11 world where Michael Keaton - not Christian Bale - assumes Batman's cowl.


In this PG-13-rated spy thriller, James Bond (Dalton) goes rogue and sets off to unleash vengeance on a drug lord (Davi) who tortured his best friend, a C.I.A. agent, and left him for dead and murdered his bride after he helped capture him.

The fact that the producers changed the title from License Revoked says everything about this middling attempt to make Bond go dark. Reportedly having little faith in the ability of American audiences to understand the meaning of the word "revoked," the Brits went with the much more marketable phrasing License to Kill. It demonstrates an unsureness that shows up in many aspects of this production. Dalton's 007s gets locked on intensity even more than his previous outing, which brings the tone down more than makes the character dirty. Still, the explosions and chases keep this off-the-grid caper intense in the right ways as well. If only the producers lightened up the character a bit and found the winning formula, Dalton's otherwise ace version of 007 might've booked passage to GoldenEye rather than just dying in development another day.

Bottom line: Rogue Notion
February 3, 2016
One of the best bond movies out there. The story and direction had a dark tone which differentiate it from any other bond movie. The action sequences were intense and had an awesome car chase climax that felt similiar to mad max. Timothy Dalton did a great job portraying a more serious and gritty performance as Bond. Pam (Carey Lowell) did a fantastic job as the bond girl and participated in the action scenes aiding in helping James Bond instead of playing the damsel in distress like some of the movies.
February 1, 2016
Timothy Dalton once again brings a more serious Bond to the franchise.
Licence to kill doesn't play like a typical Bond movie, but the action is high, in a more violent, edgier approach.
January 22, 2016
There are some great action set-pieces and Timothy Dalton is solid as Bond, but Licence to Kill is a little too long and often quite dull.
December 21, 2015
Basically a forerunner of Casino Royale, only people didn't want to accept a grittier, more dour Bond back then.
December 17, 2015
Another Ok entry for Dalton's final Bond.

The story takes a quick left from traditional Bond territory - here Bond is a Groomsman heading to a hidden oasis with the wedding party when trouble shows up, and the bride is killed and the groom left for dead, so 007 gets angry and takes his license to kill a bit beyond his usual limits.
An odd storyline for a Bond flick made worse by a lesser film quality - their oasis appears ratty and sparse instead of the usual lush and exotic Bond settings we've come to expect.
That lack of quality seems to pervade the movie.
Altho Dalton steps up his Bond to display a more overt anger - which is miles above the almost phoned-in, half-hearted first attempt at Bond in Living Daylights - he really carries this film as well as possible considering the lack of visual pizzazz here.

Sadly, I found both of Dalton's Bond stories to be rather routine and somewhat forgettable - save for the exciting Jeep-top opening sequence of Daylights.

The overall attempt to make Bond a relatable 80s character thru Dalton backfired for me bc it made him seem more common instead of the fantasy character that Connery, Lazemby and Moore all handled with aplomb. Even Moore's over-the-top plots gave him reason to eyeroll along with us, so we could still relate to him.

I felt bored by Dalton's smug, almost Ben Affleck quality.
The cheap feel of the movie, and lackluster Bond story almost ruined it for me. This one doesn't hold up well either.

2.5 out of 5
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