License to Kill 1989
License to Kill - Release July 14, 1989. Directed by John Glen
"I want you to know this is nothing personal, is purely ...business" - Sanchez
James Bond loses his MI6 sanctioned "license to kill" and must go it alone (though not for long, Carey Lowell as Pam Bouvier and Talisa Sotoas Lupe Lamora are soon helping him) as Bond tries to defeat drug kingpin Franz Sanchez (Robert Davi) who has seriously injured Bond's friend Feliz Leiter and murdered Leiter's wife.
1989 was the year of Tim Burton's Batman, and License to Kill, the 16th cinematic adventure of James Bond, came in #36 for top earning films of the year.
The movie was shot in Forida and Mexico and was veteran Bond director John Glen's final Bond movie (he had also directed For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, View to a Kill, The Living Daylights). Legal fighting over the cinematic ownership rights shelved James Bond for the next six years, and though Timothy Dalton was in the previous two Bond adventures (A View to a Kill, The Living Daylights) and all three of his films had made substantial money for the franchise, Dalton did not return for the 1996 Goldeneye, which starred Pierce Brosnan.
Dalton's James Bond films are usually viewed as the last of the traditional, original Bond tales, and Brosnan's version being the "new" modernized version. Goldeneye was the first Bond movie that was not derived from Ian Fleming's written James Bond adventures (Brosnan's first Bond movie Goldeneye turned in a $352 million box-office.)
License to Kill
Production budget: $32 million
Worldwide earnings: $156,167, 015 ($34 million USA domestic, $121 million foreign source: boxofficemojo)
Talisa Soto as Lupe Lamora
Carey Lowell as Pam Bouvier
Carey Lowell, Robart Davi and Taliso Soto
Talisa Soto, Carey Lowell, and Timothy Dalton
Original page April 2016