#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – James Bond is on possibly his most brutal mission yet. Bond’s good friend, Felix Leiter, is left near death, by drug baron Franz Sanchez. Bond sets off on the hunt for Sanchez, but not everyone is happy. MI6 does not feel Sanchez is their problem and strips Bond of his license to kill making Bond more dangerous than ever. Bond gains the aid of one of Leiter’s friends, known as Pam Bouvier and sneaks his way into the drug factories, which Sanchez owns. Will Bond be able to keep his identity secret, or will Sanchez see Bond’s true intentions?
Plot: After capturing the notorious drug lord Franz Sanchez, Bond’s close friend and former CIA agent Felix Leiter is left for dead and his wife is murdered. Bond goes rogue and seeks vengeance on those responsible, as he infiltrates Sanchez’s organization from the inside.
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_**A different kind of Bond**_
Released in 1989, “Licence to Kill” always struck me as the most atypical Bond film. In this one James (Timothy Dalton) goes rogue after a good friend’s bride is murdered and the friend is half-eaten by a shark. Stripped of his authority, Bond vengefully goes after the responsible drug lord, Sanchez (Robert Davi).
The opening act drives home that “Licence to Kill” is a more serious and brutal Bond flick. Although there’s still a lot of “yeah, right” moments, the comedic edge of past Bond films is all but gone. And the violence is so savage and merciless compared to past films that it almost comes off shocking.
In addition, the spectacular globe-trotting locations are absent in favor of a more one-dimensional setting — the Florida Keys and Mexico (where the film was shot). Although they do fine with these limited locales, the change is noticeable.
The women are below par as well. Carey Lowell works best as the “Bond girl,” but she pales in comparison to, say, Lois Chiles, Luciana Paluzzi and Claudine Auger. Talisa Soto is also on hand as Sanchez’ girl and, briefly, Priscilla Barnes.
The opening stunt sequence is alright, but it’s unmemorable compared to past Bond films, like “The Living Daylights,” “The Spy Who Loved Me” and “Moonraker.”
Furthermore, there’s an under-developed subplot about a cult guru and the film seems overlong at 133 minutes.
But the movie scores points with effective villains (it wouldn’t be right to say “good villains”, would it?), particularly Davi and a young Benicio Del Toro, both cruel and sadistic.
FINAL SAY: The fun might be over, but at least they tried something different to stir things up. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite work. “Licence to Kill” performed weakly at the box office and ranks with the lesser Bond flicks. Still, it’s interesting as an atypical part of the series — darker and grittier, albeit still comic booky. Plus Dalton is striking as the vengeful protagonist and, if you can hang around till the final act, it’s totally kick-axx.
Effective immediately, your licence to kill is revoked, and I require you to hand over your weapon.
Licence to Kill is directed by John Glen and written by Richard Maibaum and Michael G. Wilson. It’s an original story that uses characters and instances created by Ian Fleming. It stars Timothy Dalton, Carey Lowell, Robert Davi, Talisa Soto, Anthony Zerbe, Desmond Llewelyn, David Hedison, Benicio Del Toro, Frank McRae, Everett McGill and Wayne Newton. Music is scored by Michael Kamen and cinematography by Alec Mills.
Bond 16 and 007 goes rogue when drug baron Franz Sanchez leaves Felix Leiter mutilated and his wife dead. With licence revoked by MI6, Bond has to go it alone to enact revenge for the Leiters.
The controversial Bond for many reasons, Licence to Kill even today has been known to induce fearsome arguments in Bond fan circles. Not since On Her Majesty’s Secret Service has a Bond film so polarised opinions. In one corner are the folks who determine it’s not a Bond movie, in the other is those who say it’s a stripped to the bone human Bond. You either love it or you hate it it seems. True to say that it is more an action thriller than a outright Bond film, no humongous sets, no megalomaniac villain (Davi’s drug baron a very realistic menace) and of course there is Bond being pursued by those that have courted him previously as their number one agent. Yet there’s a whole raft of scenarios that could only exist in a Bond universe, there’s gadgets, too, for those that enjoy that side of Bond. Where else would you see a tanker driving on its side? Or exploding toothpaste and alarm clock, camera’s that turn into weapons and a broom that is actually a transmitter? Not Bondian enough? Really?
Licence to Kill is a superior action thriller movie, the script is tight, the cast ace and the picture is crammed full of exceptional action set pieces. From the pre-credits sequence that sees Bond and Leiter enact a mid-air arrest, to the rather brilliant tanker carnage at the finale, the film rarely pauses for breath, and right there in the centre is a brilliant Dalton giving a rogue Bond plenty of layers. He’s brainy and classy, fallible and driven, intense and tough, always sexy and always dangerous. Dalton’s ability to convey raw emotion as each challenge comes his way is a real treat to watch. But most of all he is right there restoring Bond to being a serious action figure. What Bond fans didn’t realise at the time was that it would be 17 years before Bond would be this raw again, then it would be heralded as a brave new start for Bond!
Another of the film’s strengths is bringing back Hedison as Leiter, last seen playing the role in Live and Let Die, Hedison has great chemistry with Dalton and it’s a joy to see Leiter play an active part in the action on screen. However, the makers do make a misstep by having Leiter be all too jovial at the end of the film, weird since he is minus a limb and his wife was raped and murdered by Sanchez’s henchmen. Another big plus is Lowell’s Pam Bouvier, a tough and brave Bond girl, sexy as heck, her pilot skills come in handy and she’s no mug when it comes to brawling. Lowell does fine work in the role and keeps it away from being a token interest cliché. Davi keeps Sanchez as believable, a very driven drug baron who is cultured and funny, but always pulsing a vicious streak, while McRae has presence, McGill neatly keeps the cards close to his chest, Del Toro a nice line in nastiness and Soto is pretty as a picture and plays Lupe Lamora with skilled vulnerability. And of course there’s Llewelyn as Q, who here gets a right old meaty role as he goes out in the field to become Bond’s only aid from MI6. Again, not Bondian enough?
Licence to Kill saw the end of Dalton’s tenure as Bond, legal issues between Danjaq and MGM/UA meant that no Bond movie would be made for another six years. By then Dalton had moved on to other work and was 51. It also marked the end of production duties for Cubby Broccoli, the final direction by John Glen (5 Bond films in total), Richard Maibaum’s last script and the last performances by Robert Brown as M and Caroline Bliss as Moneypenney. One of the many misconceptions about the Dalton era is that Licence to Kill was a flop, it made $156 million worldwide, considerably down on The Living Daylights but more than A View to a Kill. A huge profit of over $100 million, this in spite of it being pitched against Batman and sequels to beloved American films by a studio head who had no idea how to market a film. The best actor to take on the role of Bond, Dalton’s impact on the series cannot be overstated, he (rightly so) is very proud of his work in the two films and still talks very fondly of a role he respected beyond compare. 9/10
A criminally underrated Bond picture
Licence To Kill is one of the most underrated Bond movies since On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Slipping easily back into 007’s shoes with style after his previous role as Bond, Timothy Dalton embodies the character. With a break away from the comic-book villains and fantastical locations, the filmmakers decide to focus instead on a very adult and contemporary story about drug smuggling and revenge. Michael G. Wilson and Richard Maibaum’s story is engaging and exciting, with a steadfast confidence in their leading man. This is a Bond movie that took risks — it was the first 15-rated Bond film in the UK — and surely deserves kudos for doing so. Make no mistake; this is not a family Bond picture. Its themes require a more mature perspective than its predecessors, and the violence is certainly stronger than anything that had come before. Unfortunately, these factors seem to be what critics of Licence To Kill call ‘faults’. But why is change so bad, I ask? Casino Royale is getting major appreciation from critics for its grittiness and its darker edge. So why not Licence To Kill? After all, this is the movie that started the current trend, with Dalton’s mature portrayal of Bond paving the way for Pierce Brosnan and, without doubt, Daniel Craig. It always amazes me that people do not give Dalton more respect for what he did with the character. This guy started the ball rolling. And boy did he give it a hard push.
The characters in Licence To Kill are one of it’s major plus points. James Bond is the most human we have seen him in 20 years, as Dalton brings a real sense emotional depth to the character; a tortured man full of hurt and pain and vengeance, his determined and stony face almost cracking with the burning hatred that is barely contained inside of him. We also get a strong female lead with Carey Lowell, whose portrayal of Pam Bouvier is at once intelligent, sexy, and funny. On the flip side of the coin, we have a genuinely terrifying villain in the shape of Robert Davi, playing his role deadly straight with not a hint of camp. It’s a rare scenario where you feel Bond has met someone of equal competence. The Sanchez character is a frightening presence, and an early role from Benicio Del Toro is just as effective; his chilling grin a fear-inducing sight.
Technically speaking, John Glen’s direction is taught and assured, with the pace never really letting up for the 130+ minutes running time, save at the very end of the movie where the spectacular truck chase sequence perhaps drags just a little. The brilliant Michael Kamen also supplies us with an elegant, sensual and brooding score that is a vital player unto itself, complimenting the visuals excellently.
In spite of these pluses, there are some minor quibbles. As I said before, the truck finale is perhaps a bit long, even though the stunt work is amazing, but it does slow the pace a bit. Talisa Soto is indeed beautiful as Sanchez’ girlfriend but, bless her, she isn’t exactly the most talented actress on the planet. She plays her part well enough, but the role isn’t exactly Oscar-worthy, and it’s not helped by the fact that the script tends to relegate her to the sidelines. Everett McGill’s cigar-chomping Killifer is rather too pantomime for me – he just doesn’t stand up to the characters of Sanchez or Anthony Zerbe’s Krest but he doesn’t stick around long so doesn’t get in the way too much.
With a striking leading man in Bond’s shoes, Licence To Kill deserves a lot more credit than it gets. This is the film that broke the mould, opening the doors to a more adult, violent Bond world that continued briefly with some of the Brosnan films and certainly with Daniel Craig’s portrayal of the character. In Timothy Dalton we have a brilliant actor in the starring role who brought us a more human and believable Bond, yet it is Daniel Craig who is currently getting the credit for these exact traits. Don’t get me wrong, his characterisation is superb. But Dalton is the one who started it off, and it is a shame that he only made the two films.
John Glen says that from all of the Bond movies that he directed, Licence To Kill is the one he is most proud of. And rightly so. Not only do we get a more fleshed-out character in Bond than previous outings, we get a more believable and mature storyline, with great characters and competent direction. Definitely one of the most underrated Bond movies, this engaging film is a great piece of entertainment, and one that I hope will gather praise with time. See it.
Trying to go darker but need more commitment
James Bond (Timothy Dalton) teams up with Felix Leiter (David Hedison) on his wedding day on a DEA raid, and captures drug lord Franz Sanchez (Robert Davi) who is in the States to retrieve his runaway girlfriend Lupe Lamora (Talisa Soto). Corrupt agent Ed Killifer (Everett McGill) helps Franz escape. Then Franz tortures Felix and kills his new wife. Bond sets out to avenge his friend. Nobody can extradite Franz, M does not approve forcing Bond to quit, and M strips Bond of his license to kill. However, none of it can stop Bond from hunting down Franz with the help of Leiter’s informant Pam Bouvier (Carey Lowell).
This is Timothy Dalton’s second and last time as Bond. It’s noteworthy to see Benicio Del Toro early in his career as one of the henchmen. This is an even darker Bond from Dalton. He’s a good actor, but he doesn’t have enough of a mean streak to go that dark. And having Wayne Newton as the guru front for the cartel doesn’t increase the movie’s credibility. The whole thing needs more commitment from the people in charge to go grittier and darker. In the end, the franchise isn’t ready yet. The best thing in the movie is where Carey Lowell hid her gun.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 13 min (133 min)
Genre Action, Adventure, Thriller
Director John Glen
Writer Michael G. Wilson, Richard Maibaum, Ian Fleming
Actors Timothy Dalton, Robert Davi, Carey Lowell
Country United Kingdom, Mexico, United States
Awards 1 nomination
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby SR, Dolby Surround 7.1
Aspect Ratio 2.39 : 1
Camera Arriflex 35-III, Panavision Primo and E-Series Lenses, Panavision Panaflex Gold II, Panavision Primo and E-Series Lenses, Panavision Panaflex Platinum, Panavision Primo and E-Series Lenses
Laboratory DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA, Technicolor, London, UK (prints)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Eastman 125T 5247, 400T 5294)
Cinematographic Process Panavision (anamorphic)
Printed Film Format 35 mm