Licence To Kill Reviews
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.
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.
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
Licence to kill doesn't play like a typical Bond movie, but the action is high, in a more violent, edgier approach.