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Licence To Kill (Special Edition) (1989)

Timothy Dalton , Carey Lowell , John Glen  |  PG |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (296 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Timothy Dalton, Carey Lowell, Frank McRae, Wayne Newton, Benicio Del Toro
  • Directors: John Glen
  • Writers: Ian Fleming
  • Producers: Albert R. Broccoli
  • Format: Widescreen, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Special Edition, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: CBS/Fox Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 22, 2002
  • Run Time: 133 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (296 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000K0E7
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,779 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Licence To Kill (Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Documentary: Inside License to Kill
  • Promotional featurette highlighting stunt footage from the film's exhilarating final scene & Theatrical publicity footage
  • Music Videos: "License to Kill" by Gladys Knight & "If You Asked Me To" by Patti LaBelle
  • Behind-the-scenes still gallery with more than 100 images
  • Collectible behind-the-scenes booklet

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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tough, gritty Bond film. January 6, 2000
Format:DVD
"Licence To Kill" is one of the most controversial films in the Bond catalog. For many, it is too violent (in a realistic way, without the comedic or fantasy elements), and does not feature a "Bondian" villian or plot. For others, however it is a return to the classic Fleming style, as seen in "From Russia With Love," and "On Her Majesty's Secret Service."

Of all the actors that have played James Bond, Timothy Dalton provided the most accurate interpretation of Ian Fleming's character. That may be a different character than the one that Sean Connery played, and certainly quite different than the one Roger Moore played, but Dalton's performance as Bond in "License To Kill," and "The Living Daylights," is the truest to Fleming's novels.

The Special Edition DVD of "License To Kill" is quite special indeed. A beautiful widescreen picture, crystal clear sound, and a plethora of special features (like the other Bond special editions) including theatrical trailers and documentaries on the making of the movie make it a must have. The film itself also boasts some of the most exciting action sequences and best character development (what a novel concept!) in all of the Bond films, and features some crackling dialog. If you're an action movie junkie, or like an exciting thriller this one is for you.
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64 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Bond film with the second-best Bond December 30, 2003
Format:DVD
If you enjoyed the first few James Bond films with Sean Connery (before the franchise turned into a campy parody of itself), then you'll like this one. Although it's not based on any of Ian Fleming's original stories, it captures their feel better than anything since _From Russia With Love_.

Timothy Dalton's steely Bond is arguably the closest to date to Fleming's original vision for the MI6 secret agent (not 'spy', please). He's as tough and lean as Connery ever was, and he brings something of Connery's lupine charm to the role.

The rest of the movie is extremely well done. Robert Davi is one of the best villains since Goldfinger, and surely one of the most realistic in the entire series. Carey Lowell, though mostly effective, is a little underwhelming in the acting department. And the plot -- lifted at least partly from Fleming's _Live and Let Die_ (which is the source for the bad thing that happens to Felix Leiter early in the film) -- gives Dalton's Bond an excuse to seethe with volcanic fury and go off seeking vengeance.

If I'm not mistaken (and I don't think I am), this is also the last script to which longtime Bond screenwriter Richard Maibaum contributed. (He died not long after this film was produced.)

I like Pierce Brosnan in the role, and I'd like him better if he got better movies to do; _Goldeneye_ has probably been his best so far. But for some reason, the screenwriters don't want to make him gritty enough. (And by the time they tried with Roger Moore -- in the excellent _For Your Eyes Only_ -- it was far too late.)

I also like _The Living Daylights_. But when I want to watch a non-Connery Bond film, this is the one I pick most often.

Probably all Bond fans out there have already seen it. But if you haven't, you've got a treat ahead of you.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Series Best! January 17, 2001
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Format:DVD
I have seen where a few critics have down-graded this movie and that is a shame as "License to Kill" has a lot going for it. The concept of Bond as a rogue was a refreshing change, and one of the best concepts in any of the Bond films. Essentially, the plot goes as follows: A renown drug dealer Sanchez (Robert Davi) is arrested in Miami with help of the DEA and Felix Leiter (Bond's CIA contact and good friend). Following the arrest, Felix gets married. Sanchez escapes and commits a brutal act of revenge before returning to Isthmus City. James Bond (Timothy Dalton), determined to take Sanchez down, enlistes Pam Bouvier (Carey Lowell) to help him. One problem for Bond is that Sanchez is well guarded and has numerous contacts. Bond will have to have to be careful in infiltrating Sanchez. The other problem is that he is now a rogue agent, having his license to kill revoked by the British government.
The only real weak points of this movie would be the occasional weak acting from Talisa Soto (Sanchez's girlfriend), and a little bit more swearing than some of the other bond films, but many other elements more than make up for these two minor shortcomings.
Timothy Dalton is superb as James Bond. Dalton is a great, capable actor, and he is perfect for the movie and its concept. Dalton did a superb job and this is a key factor to the success of the film. As a side note, Dalton needed to make a change in the approach from Roger Moore, just as Moore needed to make a change from Connery. This change between actors is important, otherwise comparisons are made, and usually it is the incumbent who loses (in the minds of the general audience). Dalton did the right thing by changing the Bond to a darker persona.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dalton's Bond Swansong February 7, 2000
Format:DVD
'Licence to Kill' marks Timothy Dalton's last appearance as James Bond, and it is a gritty, harder-edged Bond film than any since the halycon days of Sean Connery. Despite Leonard Maltin's comments posted here at Amazon.com, I prefer this film to Dalton's debut, in 'The Living Daylights'. (Rumor has it that the script of the earlier film was written with Pierce Brosnan in mind, as he came very close to playing Bond in the late eighties...it was filled with quips and one-liners, definitely NOT Dalton's forte!)
In this outing, Bond's longtime friend, Felix Leiter (David Hedison, playing the CIA agent a second time), is brutalized by a vicious druglord (Robert Davi), and his new bride is murdered, and Bond has to go AWOL from the British Secret Service to get revenge. This concept turns Bond into a lone wolf, although Q and CIA operative Pam Bouvier (the athletic and sexy Corey Lowell, later on 'Law and Order'), join him in his vendetta.
As in all the best Bond films, the action is fast and loud, the women don't wear much, and there is a riproaring climax (here, in a high-speed big rig chase). By having Bond act alone, the producers were able to keep the budget down, the high-tech gadgetry to a minimum, and the locations to just Miami and Mexico (substituting as a fictional Latin American country.) All this makes for a lean, mean Bond vehicle, well-suited for Dalton's interpretion of Bond as less witty, and more violent.
Why did the film fail at the box office? Sad to say, audiences weren't prepared for a 007 that was closer to Ian Fleming's vision. Also, 'Lethal Weapon 2' came out at about the same time, and Mel Gibson was at the peak of his popularity, which pulled crowds away.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 007
It completes my 007 collection I wasn't always thrilled with Timothy Dalton, but he is part of the legacy. Yeah
Published 1 day ago by Stephanie E. Horn
5.0 out of 5 stars Timothy Dalton makes a great James Bond.
Very exciting and oh so "James Bond" like. The acting, and plot was exciting and entertaining. Read more
Published 24 days ago by SES
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Bond movie
Timothy Dalton does a nice job in this movie.
The plot is good and acting is also good.
Blue Ray makes it much better.
Published 1 month ago by Parkhiker
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD
very efficient service. item was received in excellent condition and exactly as advertised. The film is of good and sound quality.
Published 1 month ago by Daniel Mahin
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Present
I gave this movie and several others to my brother in law for xmas. He is a big James Bond movie watcher. He said he really enjoyed the movie. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Norma
3.0 out of 5 stars Dalton Strikes Again
Timothy Dalton's second and last shot at playing James Bond isn't nearly as much fun as his debut, 2 years earlier, in the Summer of 1987 film THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS . Read more
Published 2 months ago by Taheen Lopez
3.0 out of 5 stars Different look at Bond
This was a very different take at Bond. Putting him more on his own against very simple or straight villain. No fancy gadgets or fancy cars. Bond down to his simple skills.
Published 3 months ago by Alejandro
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Anything 007 is nothing but excellent to my husband who this was a gift for. No complaints, I think we have just about every 007 DVD now so I'm out of Birthday gift ideas. :(
Published 3 months ago by DaisyJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift
I have acquired most of the James Bond movies. Timothy Dalton makes an excellent OO7, James Bond. Very exciting movie.
Published 3 months ago by Doc
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
I bought this for my husband. He loves to watch James Bond. This is a good movie to watch if you like Bond.
Published 4 months ago by Nicole C. Clark
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