Licence To Kill (1989) Tidbits

  • The first film not named after a Fleming story, this was originally titled Licence Revoked, but polling indicated American audiences thought it meant he lost his driver’s license.
  • The first Bond film to have a PG-13 rating, the last to show him smoking.
  • The MI6 station office is Hemingway’s house in Key West; when his license is taken away, Bond says, “I guess it’s a farewell to arms.”
  • When Bond is on the gasoline tanker and is being shot at by machine guns, the bullets that ricochet off the tanker make the Bond theme.
  • Sanchez’s mansion was filmed at an estate in Acapulco.
  • Sanchez and the black DEA agent from the begining of the movie also appeared together as FBI agents in Die Hard.
  • The character of Krest was originally in the Ian Fleming short story, “The Hildebrand Rarity”.
  • Felix Leiter’s shark attack was actually in the book “Live And Let Die”.
  • Another item you might find interesting was the fact that one of the two DEA agents–I forgot the charcter’s name–was that he was an Olympic gold medalist. I believe the charcter’s name was Mullens and he was played by Rafer Johnson who I believe struck gold in 1964 in the decathalon.
  • 007 refers to Pam Bouvier as Ms. Kennedy when he arrives in Isthmus City. This is a reference to former first lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, and coincidentally, President John F. Kennedy was a fan of Ian Fleming’s novel From Russia With Love.