License To Kill

A review by Mike Shea   Movie Rating: ( * * * · · )    DVD Rating: ( * * * * * )

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License To Kill is the second of Timothy Dalton's stints as James Bond (a very short number, but Pierce Brosnan is really a better choice). Dalton doesn't do such a bad job, but License To Kill is missing out on a lot of what makes Bond great. First off, I am a big believer that the common Bond characters shouldn't get involved in the story, this one involves Felix Lightheart, the CIA contact Bond has had throughout almost all of his movies. Second, the whole idea of him going rogue is kind of weak. "For King and Country" has been his motto throughout and now we are supposed to believe he would chuck that for a personal vendetta? And isn't drug dealing a little below the pay grade of a dude who helped personally end the cold war? Still, it isn't the worst bond movie ever (Diamonds Are Forever probably takes that title). The DVD has a 16x9 enhanced picture, Dolby Digital 5.1 sound, a pair of commentaries and a making of feature. Overall not too bad a movie and an excellent DVD.