“Look pal, I was an army pilot … I have flown to the toughest hellholes in South America and I will not
have you lecture me about professionalism …”
Licence to Kill stars Timothy Dalton in the role of James Bond who is out for revenge after a colleague, Felix Leiter (Hedison) is seriously injured and his bride (Barnes) is killed.
Agent 007 goes on a personal vendetta against the master criminal, Franz Sanchez (Davi) and his drug cartel.
Bond receives assistance from CIA Agent, Pam Bouvier (Lowell), and Sanchez’s girlfriend Lupe Lamora (Soto) in his attempt to bring Sanchez down.
In Licence to Kill, Bond has to contend with dangerous henchmen, including Dario (Del Toro) and Milton Krest (Zerbe), and overcome overwhelming odds culminating in a death defying oil tanker chase in the Mexico desert.
Timothy Dalton James Bond
Carey Lowell Pam Bouvier
Robert Davi Franz Sanchez
Talisa Soto Lupe Lamora
Anthony Zerbe Milton Krest
Frank McRae Sharkey
Everett McGill Ed Killifer
Wayne Newton Professor Joe Butcher
Benicio Del Toro Dario
Anthony Starke Truman-Lodge
Pedro Armendariz Jr. President Hector Lopez
Desmond Llewelyn Q
David Hedison Felix Leiter
Priscilla Barnes Della Churchill
Robert Brown M
Caroline Bliss Miss Moneypenny
Don Stroud Heller
Grand L. Bush Hawkins
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa Kwang
Alejandro Bracho Perez
Guy De Saint Cyr Braun
Rafer Johnson Mullens
Diana Lee-Hsu Loti
'James Bond is out on his own and out for revenge'
‘Licence to Kill’ by Gladys Knight
England, Mexico, USA.
Sanchez: ‘In this business, there's a lot of cash. And a lot of people
with their hands out.’
Kwang: ‘In a word... bribery.’
Sanchez: ‘Exactly. He took the words right out of my pocket.’
Bond: ‘In my business you prepare for the unexpected.’
Sanchez: ‘And what business is that?’
Bond: ‘I help people with problems.’
Sanchez: ‘Problem solver.’
Bond: ‘More of a problem eliminator.’
In Licence to Kill, James Bond and Felix Leiter apprehended Franz Sanchez in the Florida Keys moments before the beginning of Leiter’s wedding. With Sanchez captured, Bond and Leiter skydived to join the wedding party at a church in Key West.
Felix Leiter's wedding in Key West, Florida
Sanchez was a fierce enemy who presented an air of confidence. He looked after his staff and in return required sheer devotion. The well-off Sanchez was a powerful drug baron of South America who lived lavishly in the Republic of Isthmus.
In the Florida Keys, the vehicle transporting Sanchez to prison went off the Seven Mile Bridge from the Overseas Highway plunging into the sea. As the vehicle sunk, Sanchez made a miraculous underwater escape.
The Seven Mile Bridge in the Florida Keys
Killifer was the mastermind behind Sanchez’s astounding escape after accepting a $2 million bribe - he worked for the Drug Enforcement Administration. Bond ensured he suffered a cruel death.
Felix Leiter and Della Churchill are married on the island of Key West in Florida. Soon after Della is viciously murdered by Sanchez’s henchmen and Leiter was fed to sharks in an aquatic facility owned by Milton Krest.
Leiter was lucky to survive the battering, but still lost one of his legs. Attached to his body was a chilling note: “He disagreed with something that ate him.”
Sanchez and his men
The business of Sanchez created large amounts of cash and was run by a group of money hungry thugs. The operation refined and distributed narcotics using modern equipment and advanced techniques.
Robert Davi and Benicio del Toro in Licence to Kill
Sanchez’s preferred henchman, Dario, was assigned the key dirty work, including the brutal killing of Della Leiter. This knife wielding bandit was hardened, merciless, and a constant threat to 007 in Licence to Kill.
The owner of Wavekrest Marine Research, Krest’s company concealed Sanchez’s activities and transferred the contraband into the Unites States.
He would suffer a spectacular death by his master - Sanchez tossed Krest into the decompression chamber of a research vessel where he swiftly blew up like a balloon and burst.
Professor Joe Butcher
Butcher was a shady televangelist who lived at a lavish meditation centre in the Mexican countryside. He used religious broadcasts in an elaborate way to communicate with drug distributors for Sanchez.
The Otomi Ceremonial Centre in Temoaya, Mexico
His centre accommodated the laboratories for Sanchez’s drug business - a crucial part of the operations for this ruthless villain in Licence to Kill.
Taking care of the finances for Sanchez, Truman-Lodge ably handled the growing activities of the drug operations. When Bond infiltrated Sanchez’s ventures, Truman-Lodge began grumbling to Sanchez leading to his untimely demise.
In Licence to Kill, the extremely attractive Lamora was the girlfriend to Sanchez and future ally to Bond in his attempts to derail Sanchez. She was treated poorly by her boyfriend who often showed an awful temper. Lamora saw 007 as a saviour and eventually helped him penetrate Sanchez’s criminal gang.
Talisa Soto is Lupe Lamora
James Bond was able to cut off a Sanchez drug delivery carried by one of Milton Krest’s marine vessels. He then stole $5 million in drug money to set up the death of Krest.
Initially James Bond convinced Sanchez that one of his own staff members was deceiving him. Eventually 007’s disguise was noticed and his life was at threat.
Explosion at the Otomi Ceremonial Centre, Mexico
Bond had to see off the dangerous Dario before ensuring the meditation centre and associated laboratories were destroyed. In the process he caused complete pandemonium at Butcher’s prestigious centre.
A CIA agent and previous United States Army pilot, Bouvier was incredibly strong and determined. She ably assisted Bond in halting Sanchez and made use of her excellent flying skills.
Carey Lowell is Pam Bouvier in Licence to Kill
Sanchez had developed a unique system to transfer his drugs into the United States. From his laboratories he had dissolved the narcotics in petroleum which would later be reconverted upon arrival.
Making use of powerful Kenworth lorries, Sanchez aimed to see the convoy through to its destination via the treacherous Rumorosa Mountain Pass in northern Mexico.
Truck pursuit on the Rumorosa Mountain Pass in Northern Mexico
However, Bond and Bouvier planned to impede the fleet. In a long drawn out assault on this notorious stretch of highway they systematically brought Sanchez and his criminal empire to a halt. This dramatic pursuit in the Licence to Kill mission showed 007 at his best.
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