Licence to Kill

Escaped Drug lord Franz Sanchez (Robert Davi) exacts fierce vengeance on the man who put him in prisonFelix Leiter (David Hedison).  James Bond (Timothy Dalton) begins a fierce vendetta against Sanchez, resigning from the British Secret Service and going rouge.  Allying himself with CIA agent Pam Bouvier (Carey Lowell) and Sanchez’s  girlfriend Lupe Lamora (Talisa Soto) and a vacationing Q (Desmond Llewelyn).  Bond travels into the heart of Sanchez’s drugs origination, ferociously seeking revenge on the man who tortured his friend in a gritty true to life pulse pounding action thriller that defies the Bond formula.

The film’s The first film not named after an Ian Fleming story however it does nod to a lot of sequences fond in various novels most notably Live And Let Die with the shark attack.  Both bond girls are absolutely exquisite, and both have a sex appeal that is all their own.  Lupe Lamora (Talisa Soto) who is Sanchez’s unwilling girfriend is a girl you would kill over, she has a fierce attitude born in a world where power is everything.  Never knowng a man who didnt covet her for how she looks she falls hard for Bonds charm and genuine care for her safty.  Pam Bouvier (Carey Lowell) is very much a modern woman, more self-sufficient less the damsel in distress which I love in a bond girl.  Looks pretty plain before her transformation at bonds request to look the part of his executive secretary, but when she enters that room you can see why Bond double takes.  She radiates sex appeal, I mean looking at her on screen you can nearly smell it off her, it’s that short cut hair does it for me.  She walks into that room with a powerfully sexy confidence and with a fire in her eyes while looking at Bond that says “Now then you handsome bastard, how’s this for looking the part”.  Smouldering looks, kick as fighting skills and a soft fragile heart, she is definitely in my all-time top five Bond Girls.  Q (Desmond Llewelyn) plays such a big role in this movie, not only equipping Bond in the field but doing so under no orders from M ().  I love how Bond introduces Q as his uncle, it has this little wave to how close the two have become, like family.  There is a real Uncle’ish feeling with Q, looking out for Bond and shaking his head at the mess he gets himself into with women. The humour in this movie is low key due to the dark nature of the plot but the scenes with Q are a breath of fresh air that allows the viewer to relax between the action and suspense. The cast assembles in this movie is nothing short of giants  Robert John Davi , Benicio del Toro, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Anthony Jared Zerbe, its epic to see these actors involved in a bond!  The score was composed and conducted by Michael Kamen and the title Song “Licence to Kill” was composed by Narada Michael Walden, Jeffrey Cohen and Walter Afanasieff performed by Gladys Knight.  It is up there with my favourite Bond theme tunes. It is a full on power ballad with banging vocals it’s where for me the Bond Theme tunes become their own.  Even the gun barrel roll music intro sounds intense, it slams in from the start with a feeling of shits about to go down!

Why did I choose this movie? This is probably the darkest Bond of the series as a whole, and my favourite of Timothy Dalton’s two movie roles. I love Dalton as an actor, he has a class and a presence that’s demands attention, a phenomenal actor. I am glad that he left it on a high although I think I would of liked him to stay for more, he just took no shit as Bond and for as dark and hard as he played it, there was a gentle heart underneath it all, a heart that had made room for friendship family and love.  No other actor could of played the two movies that Dalton done, he was by far the perfect choice for a edger darker vastly original and an immensely human Bond….James Bond will return in GoldenEye

 My Rating: A
Format: DVD
I Own This Movie
Artwork by: Alain Bossyut
Bond#16

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