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- Following the mutilation of Felix Leiter and the death of Della Leiter at the hands of drug baron Franz Sanchez, 007 disobeys orders and pursues Sanchez with a vengeance. Bond's obsession costs him his licence to kill - and nearly his life.
- July 13, 1989
- Bond seeks revenge for the maiming of Felix Leiter and the murder of his wife.
Box Office Results:
- $156.2 million
- 2 hours, 8 minutes
- Walther PPK
- Q Branch Briefcase II
- Signature Gun
- Xray camera with laser emitting flash
- Plastic explosive contained in toothpaste tube
- Radio controlled detonator contained in cigarette pack
- Broom-shaped radio (used by Q)
- John Glen
- Richard Maibaum
- Michael G. Wilson
- Licence To Kill
Title Song Artist:
- Gladys Knight
- Timothy Dalton as James Bond
- Robert Davi as Franz Sanchez
- Anthony Zerbe as Milton Krest
- Benicio Del Toro as Dario
- Don Stroud as Colonel Heller
- Anthony Starke as Truman-Lodge
- Wayne Newton as Professor Joe Butcher
- Everett McGill as Ed Killifer
- Alejandro Bracho as Perez
- Guy De Saint Cyr as Braun
- Pedro Armendariz Jr. as President Hector Lopez
- Wayne Newton as Professor Joe Butcher
- David Hedison as Felix Leiter
- Frank McRae as Sharkey
- Key West, Florida, USA; fictional South American republic of Isthmus and Isthmus City; the Bimmi Islands; Olimpatec Meditation Institute; London, UK.
- Bond:"Now why don't you wait until your asked?"
Bouvier: "Then why don't you ask me?"
Best Mistake: (According to mi6.co.uk)
- Leaving Felix's wedding, Bond puts his airline tickets in his right pocket, but when he checks in he takes them out of his left.
Distinguishing Feature: (According to mi6.co.uk)
- Felix Leiter is played by the same actor who played him in Live And Let Die - the only time in the series the role has been reprised, except in Casino Royale and Quantum Of Solace.
Vital Statistics: (According to mi6.co.uk)
- Conquests: 2
- Martinis: 1
- Kills: 12
- "Bond, James Bond": 1
- The last Bond film to have Timothy Dalton playing Bond.
- The scene where Felix Leiter is fed to a shark is taken from a scene in Ian Fleming's novel "Live and Let Die".
- Last appearance of the male M (Robert Brown).
- Second and last appearance of Caroline Bliss as Moneypenny
The story opens with Bond and his friend, CIA agent Felix Leiter, on their way to Leiter's wedding to Della Churchill. Meanwhile, DEA agents spot drug lord Franz Sanchez flying near the Bahamas , and a Coast Guard helicopter collects Leiter and Bond in an attempt to capture Sanchez. They capture Sanchez by attaching a hook and cord to Sanchez's plane and pulling it out of the air with the helicopter. Bond and Leiter parachute to the wedding.
Later that day, bribed DEA agent Ed Killifer assists Sanchez in escaping. On their honeymoon night, Leiter and Della are captured by Sanchez's henchmen; Leiter is fed to sharks as his wife is raped and killed. After hearing the news of Sanchez's escape, Bond returns to Leiter's house to find Della dead and Felix alive but severely injured.
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Bond begins his revenge by killing Killifer, causing him to fall into the same tank with the sharks that maimed Leiter. M meets Bond in Key West's Hemingway House and orders him to an assignment in Istanbul, Turkey. Bond refuses the assignment and subsequently resigns. M accepts his resignation and immediately revokes his licence to kill. Bond quickly escapes MI6 custody and becomes a rogue agent, bereft of official backing but later surreptitiously helped by armourer Q. Bond boards a ship run by Milton Krest, Sanchez's key lieutenant, where he ruins Sanchez's latest drug shipment and steals five million dollars. In Leiter's records, Bond finds details of a rendezvous in Bimini with Pam Bouvier , an ex-CIA agent-pilot, who he recruits to his mission.
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Bond journeys to the Latin American country of the "Republic of Isthmus" (a fictional country loosely based on Panama, which is known for its Isthmus of Panama), where he finds his way into Sanchez's employ by posing as an assassin looking for work. With the aid of Bouvier and Q, he frames Krest, making him appear disloyal to Sanchez. Sanchez traps Krest in a hyperba chamber and then suddenly depressurises the chamber, causing Krest's head to explode; meanwhile, for Bond's perceived loyalty, Sanchez permits him into his inner circle of friends.
When Sanchez takes Bond and a group of business men customers to his base of operations in the Mexican desert, Bonds cover is blown by one of Sanchez' men, Dario, who recognises Bond as an enemy. Bond causes a fire that destroys the drugs laboratory, but Sanchez and his remaining men escape in four loaded tanker trucks.
In the ensuing chase through the desert, with the help of Pam Bouvier, Bond manages to destroy three of the tankers - and subsequently the remainder of Sanchez' empire - before engaging in combat with a machete-wielding Sanchez on the back of the final tanker, which eventually crashes and rolls down an embankment. Soaked in gasoline, Sanchez prepares to kill Bond but Bond but Bond uses the lighter given to him by Felix the day of his marriage to Della to ignite Sanchez and run away. In flames, Sanchez stumbles into the wrecked tanker, causing it all to explode.
Later on during a party at Sanchez' mansion, Bond continues his romance with Pam Bouvier in the swimming pool.
-END CREDITS. (If You Asked Me To - Patti Labelle, plays in background).