History Film / LicenceToKill

29th Jul '16 11:46:27 AM AnotherGuy
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* CommunicationKills: M made a serious mistake dealing with Bond. He very well knew the CIA and Hong Kong agents had operations going on in Isthmus City, and that there ''were'' plans to take down Sanchez. However, even if he didn't want a hotheaded Bond to add himself to one of those operations if he knew about them, at the ''very least'' he could have refuted Bond's idea that the Americans were doing ''nothing''. M should have said that there was a plan going on, instead of the old "they knew what they were getting into" line.


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* PoorCommunicationKills: M made a serious mistake dealing with Bond. He very well knew the CIA and Hong Kong agents had operations going on in Isthmus City, and that there ''were'' plans to take down Sanchez. However, even if he didn't want a hotheaded Bond to add himself to one of those operations if he knew about them, at the ''very least'' he could have refuted Bond's idea that the Americans were doing ''nothing''. M should have said that there was a plan going on, instead of the old "they knew what they were getting into" line.
29th Jul '16 11:42:17 AM AnotherGuy
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* AndShowItToYou: Sanchez's threat of "cutting his heart out" wasn't a metaphor, and thankfully, we never see it.
29th Jul '16 11:40:31 AM AnotherGuy
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* CommunicationKills: M made a serious mistake dealing with Bond. He very well knew the CIA and Hong Kong agents had operations going on in Isthmus City, and that there ''were'' plans to take down Sanchez. However, even if he didn't want a hotheaded Bond to add himself to one of those operations if he knew about them, at the ''very least'' he could have refuted Bond's idea that the Americans were doing ''nothing''. M should have said that there was a plan going on, instead of the old "they knew what they were getting into" line.


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* UndyingLoyalty:
** Sanchez holds this in highest regard, though only if it's mutually beneficial.
** Q uses his vacation time to help Bond, even though he's a rogue agent.
29th Jul '16 11:32:03 AM AnotherGuy
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* BriefcaseFullOfMoney: Killifer gets a noticeably heavy suitcase with $2 million, in wads of $20s, as a reward for helping liberate Sanchez. Later becomes a case of LaserGuidedKarma when it's the item used to knock him into the shark pool. PlayedForLaughs when Bond arrives in Isthmus, goes to the bank manager's office, saying he wants to make a deposit. The manager politely asks why the tellers downstairs can't handle this, when the porter enters and puts down Bond's huge case with a loud ''thump''. Cue immediate fawning from the manager, who, along with his assistant, start counting the money.

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* BriefcaseFullOfMoney: Killifer gets a noticeably heavy suitcase with $2 million, in wads of $20s, as a reward for helping liberate Sanchez. Later becomes a case of LaserGuidedKarma when it's the item used to knock him into the shark pool. PlayedForLaughs when Bond arrives in Isthmus, goes to the bank manager's office, saying he wants to make a deposit. The manager politely asks why the tellers downstairs can't handle this, when the porter enters and puts down Bond's huge case with a loud ''thump''. Cue immediate fawning from the manager, who, along with his assistant, start counting the money. Naturally, said manager is crestfallen when he realizes Bond intends to withdraw everything later.
27th Jul '16 6:58:38 AM JamesAustin
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Dalton was signed to return as James Bond for a third time, but legal issues (a lawsuit concerning television licensing rights sold off cheap by the new MGM owners to finance the purchase of MGM, without approval of franchise co-owner, the Broccoli/Wilson family), coupled with reluctance, if not outright resistance, of the new MGM management in 1993 to see Dalton return once more, [[DevelopmentHell kept the series in a long-running hiatus]] ([[SequelGap six years]], the longest gap between two films in the franchise to this day) until Dalton "resigned" in April 1994. PierceBrosnan was announced as the new James Bond in July 1994 and ''Film/GoldenEye'' came out in November 1995.

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Dalton was signed to return as James Bond for a third time, but legal issues (a lawsuit concerning television licensing rights sold off cheap by the new MGM owners to finance the purchase of MGM, without approval of franchise co-owner, the Broccoli/Wilson family), coupled with reluctance, if not outright resistance, of the new MGM management in 1993 to see Dalton return once more, [[DevelopmentHell kept the series in a long-running hiatus]] ([[SequelGap six years]], the longest gap between two films in the franchise to this day) until Dalton "resigned" resigned in April 1994. PierceBrosnan was announced as the new James Bond in July 1994 and ''Film/GoldenEye'' came out in November 1995.



* WhatTheHellHero: Pam Bouvier calls Bond out when she and Q catch up to him in Isthmus for letting his personal vendetta endanger a critical DEA plan to cripple Sanchez's operation. In Bond's defence, he didn't ''know'' about the operation: the DEA had led him to believe that ''nothing'' was happening. [[spoiler:Technically, it wasn't. Kwang is a Hong Kong Narcotics agent, hence why the DEA picked up Sanchez at the start in the first place.]] Pam herself is CIA: she's referring to Sanchez's owning Stinger missiles he was threatening to use to shoot down American passenger planes if the U.S. didn't stop harassing him. Her operation was trying to get the Stinger missiles back, but Bond's assassination attempt spooked her contact. This, combined with Bond realizing he blew Kwang's operation as well, makes him realize his RoaringRampageOfRevenge wasn't that clean and simple. [[spoiler:Of course, Bond being Bond, he ultimately demolishes it single-handedly. It would be awesome except a lot of good agents and people were killed by his fuck ups.]]
** Earlier, Bond gets one from M after the former drops Killifer into the shark tank without the authority from the Americans or M.
** Bond couldn't have known, but Kwang had managed to raise Sanchez's suspicions independently by asking all of the wrong questions.

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* WhatTheHellHero: Bond gets one from M after he drops Killifer into the shark tank without the authority from the Americans or M, and Pam Bouvier later calls Bond out when she and Q catch up to him in Isthmus for letting his personal vendetta endanger a critical DEA plan to cripple Sanchez's operation. In Bond's defence, he didn't ''know'' about the operation: and the DEA had led him to believe couldn't know that ''nothing'' something was happening. [[spoiler:Technically, it wasn't. happening because [[spoiler: Kwang is a Hong Kong Narcotics agent, hence why the DEA picked up Sanchez at the start in the first place.]] place]], and [[spoiler: Kwang]] had managed to raise Sanchez's suspicions independently by asking all of the wrong questions. Pam herself is CIA: she's referring to Sanchez's owning Stinger missiles he was threatening to use to shoot down American passenger planes if the U.S. didn't stop harassing him. Her operation was trying to get the Stinger missiles back, but Bond's assassination attempt spooked her contact. This, combined with Bond realizing he blew Kwang's operation as well, makes him realize his RoaringRampageOfRevenge wasn't that clean and simple. [[spoiler:Of course, Bond being Bond, simple, so he ultimately demolishes it single-handedly. broadens his goals to include dismantling Sanchez's entire operation while he's at it. It would be awesome would've been awesome, except a lot of good agents and people were killed by his fuck ups.]]
** Earlier, Bond gets one from M after the former drops Killifer into the shark tank without the authority from the Americans or M.
** Bond couldn't have known, but Kwang had managed to raise Sanchez's suspicions independently by asking all of the wrong questions.



27th Jul '16 6:32:27 AM JamesAustin
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* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Timothy Dalton revealed in a 2007 interview that his Bond was not allowed to have too much sex, because his films were released at the height of the AIDS epidemic. To this end, Bond only actually has sex with one woman in ''Licence'', and it's entirely offscreen.
27th Jul '16 5:40:09 AM JamesAustin
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* AxCrazy: Dario
* {{Badass}}: Bond, of course.

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* AxCrazy: Dario
* {{Badass}}: Bond, of course.
Dario.



* EndOfAnAge: In many ways, as the last Bond film to be made before the fall of the Berlin Wall, the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, the last film to feature title sequences by Maurice Binder, the last to use the classic office sets for M & Moneypenny [[spoiler:(at least until ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'')]], the last to feature SmokingIsCool throughout the film, the last film with Albert R. Broccoli as an active producer, and the last not to have any CGI (and thus, also the last to feature cheesy [[DrivingADesk rear projection]] shots).

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* EndOfAnAge: In many ways, as the last Bond film to be made before the fall of the Berlin Wall, the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, the last film to feature title sequences by Maurice Binder, the last to use the classic office sets for M & and Moneypenny [[spoiler:(at least until ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'')]], the last to feature SmokingIsCool throughout the film, the last film with Albert R. Broccoli as an active producer, and the last not to have any CGI (and thus, also the last to feature cheesy [[DrivingADesk rear projection]] shots).



* {{Expy}}: Sharkey appears to be one of the [[Film/DrNo Quarrel]] [[Film/LiveAndLetDie family]].
** Sanchez, a South American druglord who liberally bribes and kills anyone who gets in his way, is one for Pablo Escobar. "Plomo o plata" is even directly referenced.

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* {{Expy}}: {{Expy}}:
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Sharkey appears to be one of the [[Film/DrNo Quarrel]] [[Film/LiveAndLetDie family]].
** Sanchez, a Sanchez seems to be one for both Pablo Escobar (a South American druglord drug lord who liberally bribes and kills anyone who gets in his way, is one for Pablo Escobar. "Plomo o plata" is being even directly referenced.referenced) and Manuel Noriega (another South American drug lord who was the ''de facto'' ruler of a BananaRepublic in the '80s). Regarding the latter, both Noriega and Sanchez's actor, Robert Davi, have noticeable pockmark scarring on their faces, though that could be purely coincidential.



** Both Killifer and Krest are nauseated by Sanchez dipping Leiter into the shark pool.
*** Especially telling because when the scene is later mimicked with Bond throwing Killifer in the same pool, while Sharkey looks away in horror, Bond isn't disturbed at all and keeps watching.
** Pam mentions that Dario "Used to be with the Contras until they kicked him out".

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** Both Killifer and Krest are nauseated by Sanchez dipping Leiter into the shark pool.
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pool. Especially telling because when the scene is later mimicked with Bond throwing Killifer in the same pool, while Sharkey looks away in horror, Bond isn't disturbed at all and keeps watching.
** Pam mentions that Dario "Used "used to be with the Contras until they kicked him out".



* [[ThreateningShark Everything's Even Worse With Sharks]]: Felix loses part of his left leg to a shark. Said shark also eats Killifer.



** Ironically, Bond manages to take down Sanchez in just a few days while the Hong Kong narcotics agents had tried "to set him up for years". This is only because Bond just has to kill Sanchez. The international authorities, like the DEA and the Hong Kong agents, are trying to gather evidence to put him in a federal prison cell and dismantle his empire.



* {{Ninja}} : Working for ''Hong Kong Narcotics''. Face, meet palm.

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* {{Ninja}} : {{Ninja}}: Working for ''Hong Kong Narcotics''. Face, meet palm.



* TautologicalTemplar: M and MI6, who acts as the {{Hero Antagonist}}s towards Bond in contrast to their past and later appearances, operates by showing NoSympathy to Felix Leiter's tragedy (equivalent to acting as {{Ungrateful Bastard}}s since Leiter has put his life on the line for Bond and them in the past), willing to allow the BigBad to undergo KarmaHoudini, not caring if their American allies are useless despite Bond flat out telling them that they are not going to do anything to stop Sanchez and hiring corrupt agents to take Bond in for being a RogueAgent or possibly execute him [[UngratefulBastard after all the past service Bond done for them]] through lethal injection [[FridgeHorror if the needle crooked agent Fallon was preparing was not a sedative]].

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* TautologicalTemplar: M and MI6, who acts as the {{Hero Antagonist}}s towards Bond in contrast to their past and later appearances, operates by showing NoSympathy to Felix Leiter's tragedy (equivalent to acting as {{Ungrateful Bastard}}s since Leiter has put his life on the line for Bond and them in the past), willing to allow the BigBad to undergo KarmaHoudini, not caring if their American allies are useless despite Bond flat out telling them that they are not going to do anything to stop Sanchez and hiring corrupt having agents to take Bond in for being a RogueAgent ''dead or possibly execute him alive'' [[UngratefulBastard after all the past service Bond done for them]] through lethal injection [[FridgeHorror them]]. What's worse is that it crosses into negligency if M and [=MI6=] knew about the needle crooked agent Fallon Hong Kong narcotics agents' operation (remember, Hong Kong was preparing was not a sedative]].British colony at the time) and yet they didn't tell Bond that when he asks incredulously that they're doing nothing.
* ThreateningShark: Felix loses part of his left leg to a shark. Said shark also eats Killifer.



** Robert Brown's M, the HeroAntagonist in his two scenes, who shows NoSympathy towards Bond's vendetta to avenge Felix and his late wife to point he scoffs "Oh, spare me the sentimental rubbish," issues a man hunt on Bond when he goes rogue and sent out his agent Fallon, who's presumably corrupt in comparisons to other MI6 agents in the films, to arrest Bond, dead or alive. That's right, M is ''preventing'' Bond from going after Sanchez. [[FridgeHorror One has to wonder]] that given the recasting of the role with Creator/JudiDench starting in ''Film/GoldenEye'', and the fact M is a LegacyCharacter, if Brown's M was forced to step down from his position in between the Dalton and Brosnan films due to sinking to a new low by his somewhat heartless mishandling of this situation with Bond's pursuit of Sanchez.
*** The real issue with M's actions are that he never tells Bond that there are ''several'' operations going on in Isthmus City, and that he has "a man" in town working on Sanchez. When Bond asks incredulously that they're doing ''nothing'', he should have replied they did have something going on, and to cool his jets while they dealt with a delicate situation.
** Bond himself, who becomes more brooding to the point that in different scenes, he interrogates Lupe and Pam Bouvier like a police detective interrogating a criminal suspect due to their connections to Sanchez.

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** Robert Brown's M, the HeroAntagonist in his two scenes, who shows NoSympathy towards Bond's vendetta to avenge Felix and his late wife to the point he scoffs "Oh, spare me the sentimental rubbish," issues a man hunt on Bond when he goes rogue and sent out his agent Fallon, who's presumably corrupt in comparisons to other MI6 agents in the films, to arrest Bond, dead or alive. That's right, M is ''preventing'' Bond from going after Sanchez. [[FridgeHorror What's even worse with M's actions are that he never tells Bond that there are ''several'' operations going on in Isthmus City, and that he has "a man" in town working on Sanchez, which causes Bond to unintentionally screw up the actual plans of the other law enforcement agencies had in place, and gets a lot of them killed. When Bond asks incredulously that they're doing ''nothing'', he should have replied they did have something going on, and to cool his jets while they dealt with a delicate situation. One has to wonder]] wonder that given the recasting of the role with Creator/JudiDench starting in ''Film/GoldenEye'', and the fact M is a LegacyCharacter, if Brown's M was forced to step down from his position in between the Dalton and Brosnan films due to sinking to a new low by his somewhat heartless mishandling of this situation with Bond's pursuit of Sanchez.
*** The real issue with M's actions are that he never tells Bond that there are ''several'' operations going on in Isthmus City, and that he has "a man" in town working on Sanchez. When Bond asks incredulously that they're doing ''nothing'', he should have replied they did have something going on, and to cool his jets while they dealt with a delicate situation.
Sanchez.
** Bond himself, who becomes more brooding to the point that in different scenes, he interrogates Lupe and Pam Bouvier like a police detective interrogating a criminal suspect due to their connections to Sanchez. It reaches the point that he seems ready to shoot Pam dead after thinking that she's in league with Sanchez, at which point she makes him have a realization about his vendetta.
20th Jul '16 7:24:13 PM BenMitchell90
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** This would be the first Bond movie to be rated PG-13.

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** This would be the first Bond movie to be rated PG-13. In fact, it was originally slapped with an R rating by the MPAA, and had to have its gorier moments trimmed to get the lower, more marketable rating. As an amusing sign of how standards have changed over the years, when the Bond films were remastered in 2006, the original cut that got an R in 1989 was given a PG-13 this time.
12th Jul '16 6:05:20 PM foxley
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* OnlyServesForLife: Sanchez pointedly reminds his puppet president that he is "only president for life".
30th May '16 6:51:53 AM DoctorNemesis
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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: He doesn't say it, but it's hinted by Bond's mild HeroicBSOD reaction after Pam tells him that Sanchez has acquired Stinger missiles and is threatening to shoot down a civilian airliner in retaliation for the DEA arresting him. Furthermore, Bond's assassination attempt spooked the potential [[TheMole Mole]] that Pam was trying to persuade to help get them off Sanchez. Notably, whereas up to that point his focus has pretty much been 'make Sanchez dead ASAP', his goals broaden to include dismantling Sanchez's entire operation while he's at it.
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