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: 74%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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
"It's all very pacy, with the overly straightforward plotting dimmed but not obscured by the hi-tech effects."
‑ , Time Out
"Darker version of James Bond has more violence, language."
‑ Betsy Bozdech, Common Sense Media
"The good: this is beautifully complicated stuff... The bad: simply, that it's not a Bond film."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"A well-produced slick high-octane action thriller that remains escapist and as entertaining as possible throughout."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"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
"Mr. Dalton is perfectly at home as an angry Bond, and as a romantic lead and as an action hero, but he never seems to blend any two of those qualities at once."
‑ Caryn James, New York Times
"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
"Licence to Kill gave us a grittier and more ruthless Bond. Dalton can definitely play dark, but he lacks the charisma of Connery"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"...it often feels more like a typical '80s actioner than a bona fide James Bond adventure..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Despite some shaky narrative continuity and muddled motivations, this manages to move pretty briskly, and the action sequences are generally well handled, especially at the climax."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The stunts all look convincing, and the effect of the closing sequence is exhilarating."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-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
"It's a strained, sexless, and overcooked film...Dalton's game, but the film is inert, perhaps unprepared to work with the new Irish Kiss direction of the series."
‑ Brian Orndorf, BrianOrndorf.com
"Fast, efficient and unusually gruesome Bond. The tone is sombre, the action is ingenious and in Dalton the series finds the only actor to take 007 seriously."
‑ , Film4
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