007 Licence to Kill (1989)

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Plot:

Shortly after an important drug bust, CIA agent Felix Leiter gets married, but when the drug lord he arrested escape and kills his wife and mutilates Leiter his old friend British agent James Bond seeks revenge. When "M" orders 007 to drop the matter and start a new assignment, Bond deserts Her Majesty's Secret Service and embarks on a world wide personal vendetta to kill those responsible.

The cold opening features Bond about to be the best man at a wedding when the chance to capture a big time drug dealer pops up.  Things turn into a big shoot out and as he escapes, Bond uses a helicopter to repel onto a plane and hook it like a fish and capture that son of a gun.  Within 12 minutes, this movie is better than EVERYTHING in Octopussy. You also notice right from the start that the score is much darker and moodier.

The title sequence is pretty dope, if just for the song, which references Goldfinger, possibly the best Bond song of all (or close, because Live and Let Die is fucking rad, but more of a McCartney song than Bond song).

Ooooh
Ah-aaah
I need, I need, I’ve got to hold on to your love
Ooooh

Hey baby, thought you were the one who tried to run away
Ohh, baby, wasn’t I the one who made you want to stay?
Please don’t bet that you’ll ever escape me
Once I get my sights on you

I Got a licence to kill (to kill)
And you know I’m going straight for your heart
(Got a licence to kill)
Got a licence to kill (to kill)
Anyone who tries to tear us apart
(Got a licence to kill)
Licence to kill

Hey baby, think you need a friend to stand here by your side?
Yes you do (your side)
Ohh, baby, now you can depend on me to make things right (things right)
Please don’t bet that you’ll ever escape me
Once I get my sights on you

[2x:]
I Got a licence to kill (to kill)
And you know I’m going straight for your heart
(Got a licence to kill)
Got a licence to kill (to kill)
Anyone who tries to tear us apart
(Got a licence to kill)
Licence to kill

Say that somebody tries to make a move on you
In the blink of an eye, I’ll be there too
And they’d better know why I’m gonna make them pay
Till their dying day
Till their dying day
Till their dying day

[2x:]
Got a licence to kill (to kill)
And you know I’m going straight for your heart
(Got a licence to kill)
Got a licence to kill (to kill)
Anyone who tries to tear us apart
(Got a licence to kill)
Licence to kill

Gotta hold onto your loving
Licence to kill
Ooohooo!
Kill

Mother fucking Benico Del Toro!  Mother fucking ED from Twin Peaks!  FBI Special Agent Big Johnson from Die Hard! After arresting Big Johnson, Ed turns heel for the $2 million bribe money and breaks Johnson free. Big Johnson then ends up feeding most of Felix to a shark and killing his new bride, Dana.  This sends Bond into a rampage of revenge and death that lasts the whole movie. This time...IT'S PERSONAL.

A dude gets thrown into an electric eel tank, which is the origin scene of Electro in the wonderful The Amazing Spiderman 2.  Bond also makes sure Big Ed is eaten by a shark and shows ZERO remorse.  Not even a pun.  That shit was cold blooded, friends.  Bond in fact resigns when told to drop the revenge shit.  His license to kill is revoked.  He's a man without a country!  Being that he's Bond, he doesn't go for that shit and bails. This isn't even a mission.  He's technically a rogue agent at this point and is straight up going after the drug deal not because of anything to do with the drugs, but for revenge for his friends.

Bond hidden as a manta ray is a little less ridiculous than in a mechanical croc.

Bond's other buddy gets killed and now shit is EXTRA personal. In the course of this rampage, he shoots a dude with a spear gun at point blank range, throws two dudes out of a plane, AND ruins all the coke under water.  Bond is NOT fucking around in this movie.

Yo, Benicio was a beautiful man.  He's aged poorly. In this big bar fight, the LADY does more damage than Bond and saves his ass more than a few times, which is even weirder than normal considering this version of Bond is more of a bad ass than Moore ever could have been.

Wayne Newton OUTTA NOWHERE.  Oh shit.  Shang Tsung is also in this?  What a cast.  Twin Peaks, Mortal Kombat, Die Hard, Fear and Loathing, and Bond all mixed into one movie.  That's dope as fuck.

GADGETS:

Explosive alarm clock, explosive toothpaste (think plastic explosives and not cartoony toothpaste that blows up when you brush your teeth, camera gun with biometric lock, a camera that takes x-rays and shoots a laser.  Some cool stuff.  

Ninjas!  And one of them goes full Spiderman.

Bond in jeans and a t-shirt is weird, even if it is at night and in water. Also weird is very few one liners from Bond.  Not because there are so few of them, but because he says them at all.  They don't fit in this movie and feel very forced in, but there aren't enough of them to really ruin the mood or anything.

Possibly the most violent kill in the series when a dude is stuck inside of a pressure chamber until his head swells and explodes, with blood everywhere instead of what happened in Live and Let Die to Mr. Big. But that is followed near the end of the movie with Benicio getting tossed into a pulverizer and a huge spray of blood. This is a violent and bloody movie.  Far more than anything up to this point.

In a series built on being ridiculous, the only truly ridiculous part was Bond driving a tanker on one side for an extended amount of time. That and he somehow manages to pop a wheelie with the semi.

Bond Girls:

Both are BANGING.  Pam Bouvie is an absolute bad ass who is never once a damsel in distress and actually saves Bond's ass a few times.  She's rad.  She's also hot as fuck once she got rid of her terrible 80s hair.  Lupe Lamora is also hot, although she's not important to the plot at all except to make Pam jealous, basically.  The acting from Soto was not very good, but I don't think that was the point of her being cast. A big step up from Octopussy, for sure. Pam has to be near the top of the list of bad ass Bond Girls.

 

This movie is DOPE. It's a real shame Dalton didn't get another movie, because this is the best Bond movie in like 15 years.  It's mean, dark, Bond is vicious and pissed, very little camp, most of it is fairly grounded.  It's a revenge movie where Bond isn't even on an official mission.  He isn't even an official agent during the movie.  All the drug deal plot is completely superfluous, because Bond doesn't care about it.  He just wants to fuck up the dude who killed his friends.  Along the way, he fucks up the business as well because why not.  But he definitely gets his revenge.  I highly recommend this movie as both a Bond movie and rad 80s action movie. Bond kills 10 people, almost all of them personal and cold as fuck.  I think there are 2 sex scenes, but I'm not sure.  This movie wasn't about boning.  But I did laugh at Q being an ultimate bro and trying to justify Bond's dick slinging to Pam when she was mad about it.

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