Licence To Kill
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For his second outing as James Bond, Timothy Dalton is working on his own rather than on behalf of the British Secret Service in this follow-up to The Living Daylights). When his American friend Felix Leiter ({$David Hedison), an agent of the Drug Enforcement Administration, is seriously injured by drug dealer Franz Sanchez (Robert Davi), 007 is out for blood. There is precious little time for the usual Bondian quippery and campiness, resulting in a marked increase in bloodletting (including the "implosion" of secondary villain Anthony Zerbe). A climactic highway chase involving an… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

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"Every once in a while, [the Bond series] pulls in its stomach, pops the gun from its cummerbund, arches its eyebrow and gets off another bull's-eye. The newest, Licence to Kill, is probably one of the five or six best of Bond."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Los Angeles Times
"With Dalton straightening out Bond for the second time, Licence to Kill continues the salvage operation begun in The Living Daylights and rescues a series that was in danger of shooting itself in the foot. With a Walther PPK, of course."
‑ Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Licence to Kill gets better as it unfolds for more than two hours. It just takes an insufferably long while to find the right pace."
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"This series' record of maintaining an admirable level of quality stays intact, even if this film might best be used as a cinematic appetizer to see before renting a tape of one of the Connery or Moore classics."
‑ Ralph Novak, People Magazine
"Darker version of James Bond has more violence, language."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
"If the series is ever going to return to its Connery-era glory, it definitely needs some new writers, ones who know how to streamline a story and keep the dialogue tight."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"The Bond women are pallid mannequins, and so is the misused Dalton -- a moving target in a Savile Row suit. For every plausible reason, he looks as bored in his second Bond film as Sean Connery did in his sixth."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"Licence to Kill ranks as one of the best of the 16 Bond films, thanks to Dalton's athletic, tough and deadly new 007."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"He may look the part, but Timothy Dalton fails the boots, the scuba gear, or the automobiles left him by Moore and Connery."
‑ Tom Hibbert, Empire Magazine
"Anchored by an engaging revenge plot, this Bond film has a great villain, a dark tone and several top-notch action set pieces."
‑ Austin Kennedy, Film Geek Central
"Dalton revives the cool, ironic detachment of the Connery years, but he also allows a touch of obsession to show through Bond`s surface aplomb."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune
"The thrills-and-spills chases are superbly orchestrated as pic spins at breakneck speed through its South Florida and Central American locations."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"As unlikely as it seems, Mr. Dalton actually appears to be growing in the Bond role, which is potentially stifling because its own popularity has so rigidly defined it."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"It's a watchable adventure boosted by impressive action sequences and a fiery climax with a bone-crunching punch-up. Pity Dalton didn't have another crack at proving his secret-agent credentials."
‑ Jeremy Aspinall, Radio Times
"No quips. No smirks. No innuendoes. Just raw, exposed nerves. The traits for which Dalton gets dinged are those looking past the character's admittedly alluring surface pleasures. Women aren't the only things that keep 007 awake at night, you know."
‑ Nick Rogers, Suite101.com
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