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License To Kill (1989) – A 007 Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
If there ever was an underrated film (in any genre or franchise) then surely License To Kill is it.  Disliked by the majority of critics and, for the time, one of the 007’s least profitable films… License To Kill is well overdue a re-evaluation by the mainstream.  Not by me however. I’ve always rated this as one of the best Bond films – a brutal, bloody and hardboiled revenge thriller that strips away the jokes and gadgets (mostly) to focus on just how dangerous Bond really is.  Davi makes an excellent bad guy and the grounded setting and personal narrative for 007 makes this feel, once again, more like a Richard Donner action film than the 16th film in the franchise.  This is Premium Bond for sure.

Best Bit: I love the pre-credit sequence.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: The Living Day Lights, Lethal Weapon, Skyfall 

9 out of 10 stars


 

Phil Hobden

Phil Hobden is the former Film Editor & Writer for renowned martial arts focused COMBAT MAGAZINE in the UK. He is also a filmmaker in his own right, having produced two cult Independent action films in LEFT FOR DEAD and TEN DEAD MEN. He was the host for the award nominated Filmsploitation podcast for 4 years, currently co-hosts Ross And Phil Talk Movies and is a writer/editor for his own blog Phil's Quick Capsule Review...

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