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Licence To Kill Reviews

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January 5, 2017
Licence To Kill (1989) ??? 007 goes rogue, setting off to find man responsible for hurting personal friend. That same man also happens to be a dangerous drug lord. Timothy Dalton's second outing for secret agent is much more vigorous (and therefore has less old-time Ian Fleming panache), but is completely absorbing; largely benefiting from great stunts, exotic locations, high adventure. A must for action fans.
January 4, 2017
160305: 16th Bond Film. 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.
November 21, 2016
it's okay still not amazing story is so so action scenes are great though
November 15, 2016
11/12/2016: Meh. It wasn't horrible, but not real good either.
November 7, 2016
Gritty, violent and taken more seriously; a precursor to what we'd see in the Daniel Craig era.
October 9, 2016
Starts with a powerful set-up for a more personal Bond tale, but is ultimately subsumed into a standard Bond tale that often forces the humour, romance and action beats where they don't fit, it seems to have only taken one movie to forget the lessons of The Living Daylights. What we get is entertaining, if generic Bond story with perhaps too many moving parts and which often focuses on the wrong thing (the religious con artist gets more scences than the revoked licence, which is only mentioned once!) and sometimes feels more Miami Vice than MI6. What elevates proceedings is that Dalton makes a great Bond. The story does allow him to show many sides of the character and the set-up is paid off in his scenes with the villain; his confrontations with what would otherwise be a fairly unmemorable foe by the flamboyant standards of the series becomes are made electric by the personal stakes and the acting. A missed opportunity to explore a 007 who is truly off the radar and off the rails is ultimately recused by being solid Bond, just as long as you weren't expecting more.
½ July 28, 2016
6.5 out of 10:

Despite some slow moments and it's a bit too violent for a normal classic Bond film, License to Kill still has some pretty good action scenes.
July 27, 2016
Again, on the long side but no longer than the others. There are some nice explosions of oil trucks and some gruesome deaths. Not terrible.
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
Super Reviewer
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.
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.
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