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on 28 October 2014
Bond goes rogue in this flick. The usual action and plot in sues with some great set pieces which you expect.
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on 4 August 2004
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. Anyway, the 007 logo which is emblazoned across the spines of the first twenty DVDs (each DVD has a little bit of the logo on its spine) is already complete, so that gives this box set a distinctive and "complete" feel.
To conclude, this box set is superb value for money and any Bond fan will want to have it. This has to get five stars!
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on 9 August 2015
Very pleased with this DVDs which arrived very quickly. Great film.
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on 14 September 2017
Second best Bond "do you want to know why?"
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on 28 June 2009
These days generally regarded by the more prickly fans as the lowest point of the James Bond series thus far, 1989's Licence to Kill was a tricky sell when it was first released, featuring far more violence and a more adult-oriented plot than the franchise had seen previously in an attempt to keep up with changing audience tastes in action movies, and to compete with the likes of Lethal Weapon (1987). However, the film itself is excellent, and ended Timothy Dalton's all-too-short stint in the role on a high note. Expanding on his nearly humourless interpretation of 007 in the previous film, Dalton here takes the character one step further, presenting us with a borderline psychopath obsessed with serving up vicious revenge on the scumbags who targeted his friend Felix Leiter (David Hedison, encoring from 1973's Live And Let Die and by this point far too old for the role) and his new bride, after the apprehension of Robert Davi's notorious drugs baron backfires. Davi (Die Hard), Anthony Zerbe (Papillon), Everett McGill (Twin Peaks) and a very young Benicio Del Toro are all excellent, sleazy villains, and whilst the movie does occasionally seem to be tipping into territory that is more Chuck Norris than 007, at least the film feels fresh. Not a typical Bond movie, and certainly not one for the younger fans, it is nevertheless a solid action thriller, and is easily the most compelling thing the more theatre-inclined Dalton has ever done in film.
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on 25 March 2013
Given to my nephew who is an avid Bond film buff and this was a video missing from his collection of all the films
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This 16th entry in the Bond franchise is notable for multiple reasons. It marks many firsts and several lasts, but it's also the darkest and nastiest the series has ever got, and this really appeals to me. I severely doubt that Bond will ever go as wicked and hardcore as Timothy Dalton's second venture.

Second and last for Dalton. Fifth and last for director John Glen. Last for Robert Brown as M. Last for Caroline Bliss as Moneypenny. First and last for composer Michael Kamen. First Bond movie to be given an adult rating (barely escaping an R in the US and cut to get a 15 in the UK). And, most importantly, the very last Bond movie to be released during the summer season. A fact that endures to this day as the studio now favors a late autumn/early winter slot. It also marked the last entry for over six years, the longest gap in the franchise, before Brosnan rebooted the character with Goldeneye.

Summer 1989 was very busy for moviegoers. Tim Burton's Batman, Indiana Jones, Ghostbusters 2, and Lethal Weapon 2 were all pulling in huge business. For the kiddies there was lighter fare such as Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. Franchise fatigue had set in with James Bond. The public had endured one movie every two years since 1962 and were looking elsewhere for thrills and adventure. No one cared for a mean and nasty Bond movie. The few who took a chance were turned off by the violence and sadism. Licence to Kill became the dark, very dark, horse of the franchise. If there is one kind of movie I adore above all else, it's the dark horse. This time around Bond goes Bad (with a capital B, you should notice).

The formula of a supervillain surrounded by scantily-clad women out for world domination being thwarted by gadgets and expensive cars is thrown out. Licence to Kill subverts viewer expectations on many levels and gives us an altogether different story for Bond (though perhaps a bit too familiar in regards to other 80s action movies).

After successfully capturing South American drug lord Franz Sanchez (a cool, smoldering performance by Robert Davi) in Miami series spook Felix Leiter (David Hedison, reprising his role from Live and Let Die) ties the knot with lovely wife Della. Sanchez does not plan to stay incarcerated for long and has soon corrupted the man bringing him in for trial. Immediately after being sprung from captivity he murders Della and mutilates Leiter by feeding him to a shark. The sight of a dead woman in her wedding dress opens old wounds for Bond and he relentlessly hunts down Sanchez.

M is having none of this and orders Bond to abandon his quest for vengeance or face the consequences. Bond promptly quits MI6 and goes rogue. In many ways it is Bond who is the villain of this film. As I said, Franz Sanchez is not a cartoon. He's simply a businessman looking to expand his empire. A man who believes in loyalty above all else. Look out for him and he'll look out for you. Bond identifies this crack in the armor and abuses it, squeezing himself into Sanchez's operation and destroying it from within. Sanchez does not have any ridiculous backstory or motivation, he develops as a character as Bond manipulates and exploits him. His confusion and naive sense of friendship the cause of many sad ironies. It's easy to forget that we are supposed to enjoy his downfall as Bond sets about wrecking his dreams and future.

Timothy Dalton absolutely kills it as Bond in LTK. His sharp, focused eyes and his cold, angry performance give us an insight into a whole new side of the character. Here Bond is stripped down, without back-up, with little to no weapons or gadgets, while winging his revenge plot on the fly. This is not the soft, dull-witted Bond of the Moore-era. Dalton is furious. Sanchez finally gives him a much-needed outlet for his pent-up rage over Tracy's death. You could go straight from OHMSS to LTK and completely skip over the silly Moore years altogether.

Thrown into the mix is Carey Lowell as Pam Bouvier, a CIA op with her own agenda against Sanchez. I had the biggest crush on her when I was 9-years-old. Her short hair and tall, slender frame really caught my eye more than Olivia D'Abo or Tanya Roberts. Bouvier is no bimbo either. She's feisty and smart, and the perfect match for Bond. Talisa Soto is also real easy to look at, but her wooden acting spoils it a bit.

John Glen is not much of a visual director, he was really just there to make sure that the cameras were switched on during these years. LTK is shot in lovely anamorphic Panavision with very high key photography. I do feel that the film could have benefited from more atmospheric intriguing camera-work and it sometimes comes close but for the most part this is same-old when it comes to aesthetics, and is the only noticeable similarity it has to the previous movies.

Michael Kamen's score might also sound familiar. It might remind you of Nakatomi Plaza specifically. Kamen's late 80s/early 90s signature is all over this one, which is appropriate since it IS the Die Hard Bond, sharing cast and crew members with the 1988 classic. The sign of a good Bond composer is one who knows when to just go totally crazy with the famous Bond chorus (something no Daniel Craig entry has done yet). The chorus marks the moment when 007 does something "Totally Bond". Here it's during the moment he wheelies through a fire in a big rig, the look on his face as he smacks down on top of another car proving that being Bad is so damn Good. Sadly, for some reason, it is the ONLY Bond score that has never had a proper album release.

Do not listen to the killjoys who say that this movie killed the franchise. Dalton did not kill Bond and Brosnan did not save him. Dalton only maxed-out the character and ended years of silliness. He was given a very short tenure as Bond but he managed to take him away from Moore and pushed as far as he could, as far as audiences would let him. If it were not for rights issues he would have got a third outing, but nothing could top this one. He goes for broke and cashes out, but not before leaving a solid, and definite mark on the franchise. LTK is a tough, nose-to-the-grinding block Bond movie that could have been taken a few steps further had Glen had the talent and flair to do so, but as it is this is still a very important entry in an innovating and enduring series.

The Blu-ray looks great in 2.35:1 1080p with DTS HD-MA sound. Extras are plentiful, including a great documentary on the movie which features the infamous "fire hand" photograph (watch and you'll find out).
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on 30 August 2010
My joint favourite Bond film alongside On Her Majesties Secret Service. Licence to Kill could easily be a standalone film, away from the Bond franchise, as it's so un-Bond - no-one is trying to take over the world here but Bond's mission is personal, a mission into revenge and violent payback, as if seeing the tragedy that strikes Felix on his wedding day ignites the touch paper of the vengeance he's been holding in since witnessing his own wife's death in OHMSS.

For people who love Bond for the fun, playful scripts and set pieces, and knowing that its all ultimately a load of tosh but great entertainment, then I don't think it's one for you, but if you want to see a different side to Bond, a totally different story - a man hell bent on revenge even if it means his own destruction then this really is a great film and as such gets five stars from me as even if you don't like Bond films you can watch this one as a separate entity.
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on 20 May 2015
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on 24 March 2017
Boring 💤
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