Licence To Kill (1989)

James Bond is catapulted into his most passionate adventure — not for country, not for justice, but for personal revenge. As Agent 007 turns renegade, Timothy Dalton brings urgency, charm, and deadly determination to his portrayal of the screen’s greatest action hero.

When drug lord Franz Sanchez (Robert Davi) exacts his brutal vengeance on Bond’s friend Felix Leiter (David Hedison), 007 resigns from the British Secret Service and begins a fierce vendetta against the master criminal. Bond won’t be satisfied until Sanchez is defeated, and to accomplish this aim he allies himself with a beautiful pilot (Carey Lowell) and Sanchez’s sexy girlfriend (Talisa Soto). But Bond, relegated to outlaw status, must battle agents on both sides of the law as he discovers the horrifying extent of his prey’s resources. In order to bring Sanchez down, Bond must survive a ferocious boat chase, a mid-air brawl over the controls of an out-of-control airplane, and an action-packed confrontation in the Mexico desert.

It’s a pulse-pounding thrill ride with awesome stunt sequences, subtle humor, and explosive confrontations. When Bond’s licence to kill is revoked, he’s more deadly than ever!


  • Rated: PG
  • Number in Series: 16
  • Running Time: 127 minutes
  • Budget: $40 million
  • UK Premiere: June 13, 1989
  • US Premiere: July 14, 1989


  • James Bond: Timothy Dalton
  • Moneypenny: Caroline Bliss
  • M: Robert Brown
  • Q: Desmond Llewelyn
  • Bond Girl (Pam Bouvier): Carey Lowell
  • Bond Girl (Lupe Lamora): Talisa Soto
  • Villain (Franz Sanchez): Robert Davi
  • Henchman (Dario): Benicio Del Toro


  • Writing Credits: Michael G. Wilson
  • Producer: Albert R. Broccoli
  • Producer: Barbara Broccoli
  • Director: John Glen
  • Composer: Michael Kamen
  • Title Song: Gladys Knight
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