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Licence to Kill (Two-Disc Ultimate Edition) [DVD]

Timothy Dalton , Carey Lowell , Alec Mills    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Timothy Dalton, Carey Lowell, Robert Davi, Talisa Soto, Anthony Zerbe
  • Directors: Alec Mills
  • Producers: Peter Lamont, Albert R. Broccoli
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Oct 2008
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001EINT5A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,883 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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

Product Description

The second and final of Timothy Dalton's outings as James Bond sees 007 leave Her Majesty's Secret Sevice and branch out on his own. The trouble begins when drug baron Franz Sanchez (Robert Davi) makes an unexpected appearance at the wedding of Felix Leiter (David Hedison), Bond's good friend, leaving the groom maimed and the bride dead. Bond has no choice but to seek his revenge and, with a little help from the obligatory 'Bond girl' (Carey Lowell) and the ever-present Q (Desmond Llewellyn), sets out after the villainous Sanchez. Causing a storm on its release because of its violence and dark plot, the film was originally given an 18 certificate before studio cuts.


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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very underated Bond 8 July 2007
By D. Evans VINE VOICE
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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104 of 107 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No, Mr Bond. I expect you to BUY! 4 Aug 2004
By A Customer
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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the very best Bond movies 7 Jan 2008
Format:DVD
Boy did they take a big risk when they made this movie? The 'dark and gritty Bond' audiences lauded when Daniel Craig took over the show was fine for a post 9/11 (and post Jason Bourne) environment, but in 1989 it proved to be a disaster.

Personally, I have always loved this film, and somewhat relish the opportunity to point out why its dismissal was such a tragedy. The story concerns a seemingly untouchable South American drug lord called Sanchez (think Noreaga) who escapes the custody of the CIA and, by way of making a point, throws Bond's long standing ally and friend, Felix Leiter, into the waiting jaws of a great white shark. As if this weren't enough, he also has Felix's new wife (who also seems to be rather chummy with Bond) raped and murdered. Hardly the kind of premise Bond fans were expecting!

When the CIA are 'unable' to do anything, Bond quits his job as an agent of her majesty's government and goes after Sanchez alone, Charles Bronson style.

This is supposedly why so many people disliked and dismissed the film when it hit theatres in 1989. Cries of "James Bond would never quit his job" were heard the world over, ringing around thousands of empty cinemas.

What these naysayers clearly missed in the 15 Bond movies that preceded this one, is that Bond had actually tried to resign more than once in the past. In fact, as recently as 'The Living Daylights', Bond says of M, "If he fires me I'll thank him for it". Why was it such a surprise that he should quit and go after a man who tried to kill his best (if not only) friend?

I always considered Timothy Dalton a fine Bond. His philosophy, like Daniel Craig's, was that Bond should be a real person - dark, cynical, even angry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars james bond
same as previous as part of a set and was needed to complete thwe set i have of bond films
Published 2 months ago by warren
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Price
For 20 Disc Box set of James Bond, I paid a great price. And very happy if this was for myself.
As I was giving it as a gift - I was a little disapointed about the cover... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Maryanne Dennis
5.0 out of 5 stars great
one of the best bond movies ever with the best bond actor timothy Dalton going beyond the line of duty for revenge of a freind
Published 4 months ago by Mr. L. Montgomery
5.0 out of 5 stars Out on his own, and out for revenge...
When drug lord Franz Sanchez exacts his brutal vengeance on Bond's friend Felix Leiter, 007 resigns from the British Secret Service and begins a fierce vendetta against the master... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr. Corey S. Newcombe
4.0 out of 5 stars Hardcore Bond
Always wanted this version on Bond as it is Bond as he should be.. hard.. no nonsense.. takes no prisoners.. if you're goin for bond you have to go blu ray..
Published 8 months ago by Ren
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I wanted.
This completes my collection, I have been longing to find these videos with all six faces of 007. Very pleased.
Published 8 months ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars LICENCE TO KILL 1989
TIMOHTY DALTON'S SECOND OUTING AS JAMES BOND 007

NOT AS GOOD AS HIS FIRST FILM THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS JUST WISH HE COULD HAVE FINISHED HIS TENURE WITH A THIRD FILM IN TO... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Andrew H. Baird
4.0 out of 5 stars The Living Daylights (part 2)
I watched Timothy Dalton's first performance (Living Daylights) just before his second (and final) outing as Bond. I have to say they were pretty much similar. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Albatross
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
I love my James Bond Collection box set. The DVDs work perfectly on my DVD player. Looks very attractive on the shelf too.
Published 12 months ago by Caroline Richards
4.0 out of 5 stars Its a film
This is a little different as it features the suave Bond who did not stay on giving way, I think, to Pierce Brosnan.
Published 13 months ago by D. Chapman
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