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  • Actors: Timothy Dalton, Carey Lowell, Robert Davi, Talisa Soto, Anthony Zerbe
  • Directors: John Glen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Feb. 2013
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00A8M1AK4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,551 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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James Bond turns renegade to hunt down a master criminal in this pulse-pounding thrill ride that’s packed with awesome stunts, subtle humour and explosive confrontations. Timothy Dalton brings urgency, charm and deadly determination to his portrayal of the superagent, who leaves the British Secret Service and begins a fierce vendetta after his friend Felix Leiter (David Hedison) is brutally attacked by drug lord Franz Sanchez (Robert Davi).


Timothy Dalton's second and last James Bond assignment in Licence to Kill is darker and harder-edged than anything from the Roger Moore years, dropping the sometimes excruciating in-jokes that had begun to dominate the series in favour of gritty, semi-realistic action. When CIA colleague and close friend Felix Leiter (David Hedison) gets married immediately after arresting villainous drug baron Franz Sanchez (with a little help from Bond), the crime lord's retribution is swift and terrible. Bond goes on a personal vendetta against Sanchez after his licence to kill is revoked. There are plenty of spectacular stunt scenes, of course, but the meaty story of revenge is this film's distinguishing feature. Dalton's portrayal of the iconic hero as tough but flawed was a brave decision that the producers subsequently retreated from after Licence to Kill's relatively poor box-office showing.

On the DVD: Timothy Dalton's insistence that Bond was a man not a superhero, and "a tarnished man" at that encouraged the producers to redefine Bond with a tougher edge more in keeping with Fleming's original conception of the character. Licence to Kill is Bond's darkest assignment. The production team experienced their usual difficulties in bringing it to the screen, the "making-of" documentary reveals, including a haunted road in Mexico and a mysterious flaming hand that appeared out of the fire during the climactic tanker explosion. There are two commentaries here, both montage selections of interviews from cast and crew. The first features director John Glen and many of the actors; the second has producer Michael G Wilson and the production team. Gladys Knight pops up in the first music video, Patte La Belle in the second ("If You Asked Me To"). There are the usual trailers, gallery of stills and a feature on the Kenworth trucks specially adapted for the movie's stunt work. --Mark Walker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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106 of 109 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Aug. 2004
Format: DVD
This box set is incredible value for money. I already owned all the Connery DVDs as well as OHMSS and most of the Brosnans. When I decided to complete my Bond DVD collection I realised that it would be cheaper to just buy this box set and give my duplicates away rather than buy the individual titles I was missing. For the price, you get all the 20 Bond titles (exactly the same as the individual titles that are available as separate DVDs - including the two-disc version of Die Another Day), you also get a nice collectors' tin emblazoned with the 007 logo. If you are a Bond fan, this is almost impossible to refuse.
Three things to note, however. Firstly, to those people (below) who complained that this box set does not include Never Say Never Again, you should be aware that this is not an official Bond film (i.e. it is not a EON/DANJAQ/MGM-UA release). Therefore, it is no surprise that it is not included in this set (neither is Casino Royale, for that matter). If you want to purchase NSNA or CR, they are both available at a very good price here on Amazon. In my opinion, this is not a good reason to give this box set less than the five stars it deserves. Secondly, there are rumours that the first nineteen titles are going to be reissued as two-disc special editions (like Die Another Day), with a second disc devoted to extras. I think the existing extras are already sufficient (especially the excellent Making Of documentaries usually narrated by Patrick McNee). So, if, like me, you can't wait for those to come out, don't hesistate to get this superb box set. The price is just too good to resist. Thirdly, Bond 21 is already in pre-production. So, this box set will eventually become incomplete. But you can always buy that film as a separate DVD when it is released.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By D. A. Giambrone on 16 Mar. 2006
Format: DVD
Why do so many people dislike this film? Sure, it has a few flaws-the over-the-top truck chase and the lack of a John Barry score, to name a few. The trouble is Dalton's Bond followed immediately afer Moore's. Although Moore's films were enjoyable, they were completely different to Flemings original vision. All his gadgets and gags would have been better suited to Thunderbirds and the 'Carry on' films. in many ways Moore's Bond bastardized the character.
Once again Dalton plays bond as a moody, mean and cold character and again I think he is great. The supporting cast is also good with both Robert Davi and Benecio Del Toro playing very real and very sadistic characters, (not your usual meglomaniacs).
The plot itself is a tale of revenge, heavily inspired by Yojimbo and a Fistful of Dollars. It sees Bond going after a drugs baron(Davi as Sanchez), after Sanchez brutally mames his friend Felix Leiter. What ensues is a dark and gritty adventure-Bond swears for the first time-which is only let down by its silly climax (a truck doing a wheeley).
Give this film a chance, with an open mind. On a seperate note, the casting of Daniel Craig is inspired, as, I believe he will continue the legacy set by Dalton, in bringing a real and believable Bond to the screen.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By D. Evans VINE VOICE on 8 July 2007
Format: DVD
Released in 1989, Licence to Kill, remains the darkest and most violent of any of the James Bond films. It is also the most underrated. John Glen, directing this his fifth and final James Bond, opted to make a more realistic thriller, clearly influenced by the success of the then recent Die Hard movie. As with Die Hard, Licence to Kill would show the hero being injured and bleeding after confrontations with the villains.
The film was also to feature further scenes of violence including a man's head exploding after he is thrown into a decompression chamber, Bond setting a man alight and Bond's friend, Felix Leiter, being shown fed to As a result of this approach, the film was given a 15 rather than the usual PG certificate, and therefore generated some of the lowest box offices receipt of any Bond film. In particular Licence to Kill did not do well in America, although this was also a result of a poor marketing campaign there, as well as the film competing against the huge success of the Batman movie.
A further link to Die Hard, is that film is scored by Michael Kamen, who also undertook music duties for the Bruce Willis thriller, and here replaces long term composer John Barry. Kamen's score is excellent. There is a nice dramatic twist on the Bond theme at the start, underlying the seriousness of this movie. It is a shame that Kamen did not return for the next movie Goldeneye, which featured a somewhat mediocre score.
As well as being John Glen's final film, this also marks the last appearance of Robert Brown as M and although no one knew it at the time, this would be Timothy Dalton's second and last outing as Bond. After the films release, a lengthy legal dispute woudl prevent another Bond from being made for five years.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 July 2012
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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.
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