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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  • Prince Charles and Princess Diana at an event for Licence to Kill (1989)
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  • Carey Lowell in Licence to Kill (1989)
  • Timothy Dalton and Robert Davi in Licence to Kill (1989)

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Did You Know?


Richard Maibaum suggested Robert Davi to play the part of Franz Sanchez, after seeing him in Terrorist on Trial: The United States vs. Salim Ajami (1988).


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 ...


Both Truman-Lodge and Heller greet the Asian delegation in Japanese, but the delegation members speak Chinese amongst themselves. In addition, two members of the delegation are referred to as "Kwang" and "Tan," which are surnames of Chinese origin.

Crazy Credits

The Surgeon General's warning appears at the end credits, due to the characters' use of tobacco products.

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.


If You Asked Me To
Performed by
Patti LaBelle
Produced by Stewart Levine
Arranged by Aaron Zigman
Written by Diane Warren


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Action | Adventure | Thriller

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