Licence to Kill

Review: We see James Bond working on his own rather than on behalf of the British Secret Service. He sets off to unleash vengeance on a drug lord who tortured his best friend who was a C.I.A agent. The drug lord left him for dead and murdered his bride after he helped capture him.
Director: John Glen
Actors: Timothy Dalton, Robert Davi, Carey Lowell and Benicio Del Toro
Year: 1989
Genre: Action, Adventure and Thriller
Conclusion: 3/5
This was the first Bond that was a much darker and a more daring film than all of its predecessors. There is some truly amazing stunt work in this. The chase sequences are incredible. Timothy Dalton makes a fantastic Bond and it is a shame that he didn’t go on to do anymore. It might have been a different story otherwise. Pierce Brosnan then took over the role of playing Bond. This is John Glen’s fifth (and final) Bond film as director. Benicio Del Toro was the villain in this making him the youngest villain ever to be played in a Bond movie at the age of 21 years. This was the last film that Albert R. Broccoli was on set for as he fell ill during production. With this film being much darker it then therefore ran into censorship problems with the BBFC. When they first screened this film in February 1989 cuts were required for a 15 certificate. They then had a second screening in March 1989 and more cuts were then made for a 15 certificate. Third screening in May: cuts implemented for 15 accepted by the BBFC. Forth screening in June: further cuts required for a possible 12 rating. In July a final decision was made that the distributors stick with the cut 15 rating. Apparently then at the end it came out uncut for the 2006 DVD release. According to the BBFC website it states this work was cut. To obtain this category cuts were required but the details are not available.

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