Licence To Kill (1989) Firsts

  • First Bond film rated PG-13
  • First returning Felix Leiter (David Heidson)
  • First time Felix Leiter is married
  • First time Felix Leiter is maimed
  • First movie in which Bond and Moneypenny do NOT appear together
  • First time Bond M accepts Bond’s registration from Her Majesty’s Secret Service
  • First film not to take a Fleming title
  • First film to have a second generation Bond actor (Pedro Armendariz, Jr.)
  • First time the singer of the opening song is not credited in the opening. Gladys Knight was listed in the closing credits only.
  • First time Bond wears blue jeans
  • First use of a CD-ROM device
  • First movie to be filmed with Spectral Recording Dolby Stereo
  • First time where a Latin American drug lord is portrayed in a Bond film
  • First appearance of drug cartels
  • First (and only time) 007 goes to the Hemingway House in Key West, Florida
  • First time an airplane is towed by a helicopter
  • First time 007 waterskis barefooted, behind a seaplane
  • First time 007 mutilates a shipment of contraband (cocaine)
  • First time 007 has custody of stolen drug money ($5 million)
  • First chase scene involving 18-wheelers
  • First chase scene involving oil-tankers
  • First time undercover narcotics agents are seen in a Bond film (Hong Kong, U.S. DEA)
  • First time 007 goes on a rogue mission
  • First time 007 has his “licence to kill” revoked by M
  • First time 007 jumps into a swimming pool
  • First time a monastery is a cover for the villain’s headquarters
  • First time 007 uses a signature gun
  • First time a villain floggs a woman
  • First time 007 sees a woman with scars on her back
  • First time Felix Leiter is widowed
  • First time 007 drives a Lincoln Continental Mark VII coupe
  • First time 007 kills someone doused with gasoline (Sanchez)
  • First time 007 uses a cigarette lighter to kill someone
  • First time a Jeep is crushed by an 18-wheeler
  • First time an 18-wheeler does a wheelie (similar to the Mustang in Diamonds are Forever)
  • First time a henchman spits in 007’s face (Dario)
  • First time someone gets their heart taken out by the villain (or by anyone for that matter)