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4.6 out of 5 stars
4.6 out of 5 stars
Licence to Kill [Blu-ray] [1989]
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on 20 July 2015
Unfairly overlooked in the summer of 1989 in favour of the other big blockbusters of the time (I'm looking at you 'Batman') and relegated to minor status in the intervening years by fans and public alike, this second outing for Timothy Dalton's 007 deserves a second chance as there is much to be enjoyed and rediscovered.

Unlike the usual ''terrorist wants to take over the world'' plot, this entry finds our hero battling a much more down to earth villain. When drug baron Franz Sanchez (played to perfection by Robert Davi, clearly relishing his role) maims Felix Leiter (a returning David Heddison) and murders his bride Della (Priscilla Barnes) in order to locate important intel that Leiter holds, our man James discovers his inner Charles Bronson and launches into a revenge fuelled tirade across Florida to the mysterious Isthmus City where Franchez's main centre of operations is held. Along the way, Bond is first stripped of his licence to kill and operating on his own is helped by the dependable Q (Desmond Lewellyn in a much meatier role) and beautiful pilot Pam Bouvier (Carey Lowell) who aid him in an attempt to bring Franchez down and avenge Leiter.

This time, the screenplay is much more of the 80s action movie template and maybe that's why the audience stayed away. I guess if you wanted to see that, there were plenty of 'Die Hards' and Arnold Schwarzenegger movies at the time that fitted that bill - however, as a Bond movie it is a refreshing change of pace and suits Tim Dalton's portrayal perfectly. He's assured, mean and very moody and his steely blue eyes feel like they could laser beam through glass - for me, he's the perfect 007 and I wish he had hung around for a third adventure, but alas not to be. The rest of the cast are also spot on and for a movie that hits the two hour mark, it rarely lags with enough action, romance and adventure to satisfy any movie fan. Director John Glen (on his last assignment) goes for the jugular delivering a much harder movie than previous instalments with razor sharp editing and blistering action sequences. Kudos also to composer Michael Kamen who delivers a lush score that accentuates the action aesthetic and cinematographer Alec Mills keeps the movie looking exuberant and attractive throughout.

The blu ray is of the usual MGM James Bond high standard: Excellent picture quality with great contrast and detail throughout. The special features are plentiful including commentaries, documentaries, etc. and an assortment of featurettes. All in all, a decent package and highly recommended for people who haven't seen it in awhile and new Bond fans looking for something that is akin to what Daniel Craig is doing now.
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on 19 July 2017
This is a review for Licence To Kill (Ultimate Edition 2 Disc) [DVD].

A much darker Bond movie is presented here than in Dalton's previous outing - The Living Daylights.

I will not go into details about the plot, but it is similar to Yojimbo and its remakes - A Fistful Of Dollars and Last Man Standing. Bond infiltrates the operation of a drug lord and destroys it from within by turning its members against one another.

Timothy Dalton turns in an intense performance as the avenging hero - one minute light and charming and in the next burning with barely controlled rage.

Unfortunately, as with The Living Daylights, audiences weren't ready for a more serious Bond movie and this was considered a flop.

Film ratio is 2.35:1. Audio is 5.1. Both are superb.

The extras disc is the usual cornucopia of delights.

My advice to you is this: Ignore the bad word of mouth this film has received over the decades (mostly from film and tv critics) and give it a go. It's far superior to any of those that followed.
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VINE VOICEon 3 January 2012
Well I am a great James Bond fan and found it rather sad when it was announced that there would be no more back catalogue Bond movies made. Imagine the surprise when low and behold Amazon was advertising not 1 but 3 back catalogue Bond films so I ordered Never Say Never Again which unfortunately for some reason only works on Region A/1 players come on are we going to have the same old region issues with dvd and it is an English film about an English spy so why cant you get the film in England? Anyway am awaiting Golden Gun to come through. When I did get Licence To Kill it amazingly worked even though the title was in some foreign language! The film itself is very hard much more similar to the Daniel Craig style than the Brosnan. The women especially Lowell is great and Davi is an incredible villain. Lots of action involving water ski-ing behind a plane and the opening sequence lassooing a private plane with a winch cable is fun. Keep making the back catalogues whichever region B2 country you are!
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on 7 February 2017
One of the most underrated films in the series, starring probably the second best Bond after Connery.
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on 20 August 2017
We quite liked Dalton's Bond - not so much smooth implausibility, and more 'genuine' feeling.
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on 22 March 2017
Good movie - but not Bond's finest hour?
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on 3 July 2017
really like this bond film
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on 7 June 2017
Vhs replacement
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on 13 May 2017
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on 7 October 2017
god film for the whole family
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