New York Times - 07/14/1989
"...A script that makes [Bond] fit for the 90's....Lowell becomes the most playful, modern Bond heroine in years..."
Los Angeles Times - 07/14/1989
"...The movie whips up a combustible brew of old and new..."
James Bond (Timothy Dalton) returns with a vengeance in LICENCE TO KILL. Having just witnessed his best friend's wedding, Bond is shocked when he learns that ruthless drug runner Franz Sanchez (Robert Davi) has assaulted the couple on their honeymoon, killing the bride. Assisted by the twiggy Drug Enforcement Agent Pam Bouvier (Carey Lowell) and the gadget wizard Q (Patrick Llewelyn), Bond resigns from Her Majesty's Secret Service and pursues justice on his own. Perhaps the darkest of the 007 films, LICENCE TO KILL, exhibits a previously unseen side of James Bond. Maniacal at times, ex-agent 007 detonates everything in his way on the road to avenging his friend's bride.
The 16th installment of the James Bond series, LICENCE TO KILL, veers away from the pick-up artistry and light interlocution of former 007 films. Instead, director John Glen, gives the audience a crystal clear view of the man behind the martini glass.
Description by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment:
James Bond is catapulted into his most passionate adventure -- not for country, not for justice, but for personal revenge. As Agent 007 turns renegade, Timothy Dalton brings urgency, charm, and deadly determination to his portrayal of the screen's greatest action hero.
When drug lord Franz Sanchez (Robert Davi) exacts his brutal vengeance on Bond's friend Felix Leiter (David Hedison), 007 resigns from the British Secret Service and begins a fierce vendetta against the master criminal. Bond won't be satisfied until Sanchez is defeated, and to accomplish this aim he allies himself with a beautiful pilot (Carey Lowell) and Sanchez's sexy girlfriend (Talisa Soto). But Bond, relegated to outlaw status, must battle agents on both sides of the law as he discovers the horrifying extent of his prey's resources. In order to bring Sanchez down, Bond must survive a ferocious boat chase, a mid-air brawl over the controls of an out-of-control airplane, and an action-packed confrontation in the Mexico desert.
It's a pulse-pounding thrill ride with awesome stunt sequences, subtle humor, and explosive confrontations. When Bond's licence to kill is revoked, he's more deadly than ever!