Licence To Kill

James Bond (Timothy Dalton) goes after a mean drug dealer (Robert Davi) south of the borderthis time on a personal vendetta, which means that he isn’t working for the English government, although the usual attributes of the Bond cycle are otherwise preserved. Carey Lowell (more plucky and interesting than the usual Bond bimbos) and Talisa Soto form part of the Bondish decor, Michael G. Wilson and Richard Maibaum wrote the script, and John Glen directed. Despite some shaky narrative continuity and muddled motivations, this manages to move pretty briskly, and the action sequences are generally well handled, especially at the climax. (JR)

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