2 March 2015

James Bond License to Kill


License to Kill 1989
  • Director:  John Glen
  • Based on the novels  by Ian Fleming
  • Cast: Timothy Dalton, Carey Lowell, Robert Davi, Talisa Soto, Anthony Zerbe, Frank McCrae, David Heddison,  Benincio del Toro, Desmond Llewellyn, Robert Brown
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Timothy Dalton   The Tourist, The Lion in Winter
    • Carey Lowell  Leaving Las Vegas, Sleepless in Seattle
    • Robert Davi – Die Hard
    • Talisa Soto – Don Juan DeMarco, The Mambo Kings
    • Anthony Zerbe – Matrix Revolutions, Matrix Reloaded, Papillon, many TV series
    • Frank McCrae – 48 Hours, Norma Rae, TV series
    • Benicio del Toro – Things We Lost in the Fire, 21 Grams, The Pledge, Traffic, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Usual Suspects, The Indian Runner
  • Why? Curious. Hal and I saw several Bond films in a Bond festival in the early 70’s and enjoyed them. Sean Connery is the only Bond we have ever seen.  Friends have said later actors have been good too. And with Judi Dench they can’t be all bad.  So we bought the box...
  • Seen:  February 27, 2015  
It’s becoming more and more difficult to write about these films. Anything new, that is.  And there are still many left. With two more actors.
Oh well.
This time:
Songs by Gladys Knight and Patti LaBelle.
Opening scenes: unusually boring. The intros are often the most artistic part. Not on this one.
It’s personal this time. Friends of Bond are injured and killed by drug lords. He becomes a rogue agent with Q and Moneypenny’s help.  It could, should, be interesting. But we’ve seen most of it before. Including the pretty fish. And some cats.
Essentially it’s dull. There isn’t even any humour and the bad puns are very few.

1 ¾ * of 5

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