Film Review – LICENCE TO KILL (1989)

Licence to Kill (1989; UK/USA; Technicolor; 133m) ∗∗∗½  d. John Glen; w. Michael G. Wilson, Richard Maibaum; ph. Alec Mills; m. Michael Kamen.  Cast: Timothy Dalton, Carey Lowell, Robert Davi, Talisa Soto, Anthony Zerbe, Frank McRae, David Hedison, Wayne Newton, Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Starke, Everett McGill, Desmond Llewelyn, Pedro Armendáriz Jr., Robert Brown, Priscilla Barnes, Don Stroud, Caroline Bliss. James Bond leaves Her Majesty’s Secret Service to stop an evil drug lord and avenge his best friend, Felix Leiter. The toughest Bond since FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE. This is an efficient action movie, but lacks some of the ingredients that made the very best Bond films stand out from the crowd. Dalton is again excellent as 007 and the plot has a more realistic base. Gladys Knight delivers the punchy theme song. [15]

Film Review – THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS (1987)

Living Daylights, The (1987; UK; Technicolor; 130m) ∗∗∗  d. John Glen; w. Richard Maibaum, Michael G. Wilson; ph. Alec Mills; m. John Barry.  Cast: Timothy Dalton, Maryam d’Abo, Jeroen Krabbé, Joe Don Baker, John Rhys-Davies, Art Malik, Andreas Wisniewski, Thomas Wheatley, Desmond Llewelyn, Robert Brown, Geoffrey Keen, Walter Gotell, Caroline Bliss, John Terry, Virginia Hey. James Bond is living on the edge to stop an evil arms dealer from starting another world war. Bond crosses all seven continents in order to stop the evil Whitaker and General Koskov. Dalton makes an effective and more serious 007 in an entertaining addition to the series. There are still moments of outlandish humour, but these are kept mainly in check. The plot lacks depth and a charismatic villain, but whilst overlong the film delivers some strong action sequences and gives a failing franchise the kiss of life. Based on a short story by Ian Fleming. [PG]