Licence To Kill

After assisting the DEA in the capture of drug baron Franz Sanchez in mid air, James Bond attends the wedding of his CIA buddy Felix Leiter.

However, after Sanchez escapes custody, 007 finds Sanchez has exacted his revenge on Leiter by raping and murdering his bride, while  Leiter is maimed by being thrown to the sharks.

When M orders Bond on an assignment in Turkey he resigns and with his licence to kill withdrawn flees MI6 and goes rogue. Bond manages to infiltrate the drug smuggling operation and uncovers how vast quantities of drugs are being shipped, as he tracks down Sanchez on a personal mission of revenge.

What we say

Timothy Dalton’s return as James Bond was a real disappointment and while it incorporates material from the novel Live And Let Die, it lacks the sense of being a James Bond film and the plot is rather confused


Original release

Premiere: 13th June 1987 at the Odeon Leicester Square
UK: 13th June 1989
US: 10th July 1989

Principal crew

Director John Glen
Screenplay Michael G Wilson &
Richard Maibaum
Producer Albert R Broccoli & Michael G Wilson
Music Michael Kamen
Editing John Grover
Production design Peter Lamont
Cinematography Alec Mills


Timothy Dalton James Bond
Carey Lowell Pam Bouvier
Robert Davi Franz Sanchez
Talisa Soto Lupe Lamora
Anthony Zerbe Milton Krest
Frank McRae Sharkey
David Hedison Felix Leiter
Wayne Newton Professor Joe Butcher
Benicio Del Toro Dario
Anthony Starke Truman-Lodge
Everett McGill Ed Killifer
Desmond Llewelyn Q
Pedro Armendáriz Jr. President Hector Lopez
Robert Brown M
Priscilla Barnes Della Churchill Leiter
Don Stroud Heller
Caroline Bliss Miss Moneypenny
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa Kwang
Grand L. Bush Hawkins
Alejandro Bracho Perez
Guy De Saint Cyr Braun
Rafer Johnson Mullens
Diana Lee Hsu Loti
Christopher Neame Fallon
Jeannine Bisignano Stripper
Claudio Brook Montelongo
Cynthia Fallon Consuelo
Enrique Novi Rasmussen
Osami Kawawo Oriental
George Belanger Doctor
Roger Cudney Wavekrest Captain
Honorato Magaloni Chief Chemist
Jorge Russek Pit Boss
Sergio Corona Bellboy
Stuart Quan Ninja
José Abdala Tanker Driver
Teresa Blake Ticket Agent
Samuel Benjamin Lancaster Della’s Uncle
Juan Peláez Casino Manager
Mark Kelty Coast Guard Radio Operator
Humberto Elizondo Hotel Assistant Manager
Fidel Garriga Sanchez’s Driver
Edna Bolkan Barrelhead Waitress
Eddie Edenfield Clive


  • Champagne
  • Budweiser (with lime, although he doesn’t actually drink it)
  • Bollinger RD
  • Vodka martini (medium dry, shaken, not stirred)
  • Whiskey


Maserati 425 bi-turbo saloon (1989)


  • “He disagreed with something that ate him”
  • “If I don’t get you back in time for the wedding, I’m a dead man for sure!”
  • ‎”Here. Buy yourself some decent clothes.”
  • “No Commander. You’re a loose cannon on deck. I’m shipping you straight back to London.”

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David Leigh founded The James Bond Dossier in 2002. A fan of 007 since the age of 8, he is also author of The Complete Guide to the Drinks of James Bond. You can order a copy here if you don't own it already.

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