Licence to Kill (1989)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Adventure, Thriller

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James Bond goes rogue and sets off to unleash vengeance on a drug lord who tortured his best friend, a C.I.A. Agent, and left him for dead and murdered his bride after he helped capture him.

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  • Carey Lowell in Licence to Kill (1989)
  • Timothy Dalton and Desmond Llewelyn in Licence to Kill (1989)
  • Timothy Dalton at an event for Licence to Kill (1989)
  • Robert Davi in Licence to Kill (1989)
  • Carey Lowell and Timothy Dalton at an event for Licence to Kill (1989)
  • Timothy Dalton and Robert Davi in Licence to Kill (1989)

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Did You Know?


John Rhys-Davies was offered a cameo role as General Pushkin, but declined the offer, as he was filming Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989).


AWACS radar operator: We have a mid-course deviation. Target heading 036, 126 miles, bearing 062, Havana VOR.
Voice of DEA agent: He's landing at Cray Key. Advise Key West Drug Enforcement.
AWACS radar operator: Roger, sir. AWACS to Key West. Key West Drug Enforcement, please come in.
Voice of DEA agent: If they hurry, they just ...


When the people at the church look up at the helicopter holding the plane, it is at a low altitude yet it is immediately shown thousands of feet higher to allow the parachuters to jump out.

Crazy Credits

At the tail end of the credits: "James Bond Will Return"

Alternate Versions

To receive a 15 certificate, the original UK cinema release was cut by the BBFC with edits to the opening whipping of Lupe, the shark attack on Leiter, a brief shot of Krest's exploding head, blood spurts from the shooting of Loti, Dario's bloody death in the grinder, Sanchez on fire, and sound effect levels of blows in certain scenes. This same print was released on VHS. For the 2000 Special Edition DVD, some cuts were waived, with the PG-13 version being passed 15 without further cuts (despite the film playing fully uncut on ITV). The BBFC waived all the cuts for the Ultimate Edition DVD release, which restored the cuts made for the PG-13 in the US and all of the original BBFC cuts.


Wedding Party
Performed by Ivory
Produced by
Jimmy Duncan and Phillip Brennan
Written by Jimmy Duncan and Phillip Brennan


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Action | Adventure | Thriller

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