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->'''M:''' This private vendetta of yours could easily compromise Her Majesty's government. You have an assignment, and I expect you to carry it out objectively and professionally.
->'''Bond:''' [[TakeThisJobAndShoveIt Then you have my resignation, sir!]]
->'''M:''' '''''We're not a country club''''', 007!

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The 16th ''Film/JamesBond'' film, starring Creator/TimothyDalton in his second and last appearance as 007. When escaped drug lord Franz Sanchez (Robert Davi) brutally attacks Bond's old friend Felix Leiter on his wedding night and murders Leiter's wife, Bond starts a personal vendetta against Sanchez that requires him to become a RogueAgent in the process.

It is a [[LoveItOrHateIt polarizing film]] among James Bond fans; with some viewing it as a cheap attempt to be DarkerAndEdgier and cash in on the late '80s ''Series/MiamiVice''/''Film/LethalWeapon''/''Film/DeathWish'' craze; while others view it as a welcome return to the spirit of the Creator/IanFleming novels, as the film uses elements from ''Literature/LiveAndLetDie'', ''Literature/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'' and the short story "[[Literature/ForYourEyesOnly The Hildebrand Rarity]]" (it actually contains more Fleming material than many of the screen adaptations of several Fleming titles--additionally, both Dalton and Robert Davi used the novel of ''Literature/CasinoRoyale'' as inspiration to define their characters as mirror images of each other). It was also affected by the 1988 [[TVStrikes Writers' Strike]], with producer Michael G. Wilson having to finish off the script on his own without co-writer Richard Maibaum.

Though the film tested better with audiences than any previous James Bond film, and did very well overseas (even better than ''Film/TheLivingDaylights'' in some markets), it severely under-performed in North America, due to a [[{{Misblamed}} poor promotional campaign and even poorer release date]]--the summer of 1989, after several [[Film/{{Batman}} much higher-profile and]] [[Film/LethalWeapon2 better marketed action and]] [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade adventure blockbusters had]] already cleaned up at the box office. Though James Bond was certainly not the [[Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier only longtime franchise installment which underperformed]] that summer.

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]] 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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!!This film contains examples of:

* ActionDressRip: Justified. Pam's evening dress zips off at the knee level.
* ActionGirl: Pam Bouvier is arguably the best example of the series. Other than the Bimini BarBrawl (in which Bond really only provided the getaway vehicle), she never really needs to be saved by Bond. In fact, ''she'' saves him a few times.
* AdaptationDistillation: An interesting one, because the movie isn't directly based on any Ian Fleming novel. ''License'' does lift Felix Leiter's shark attack from the novel ''Literature/LiveAndLetDie''... the movie version of which starred David Hedison as Leiter. The movie also mixes elements of ''Literature/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'' and a short story "[[Literature/ForYourEyesOnly The Hildebrand Rarity]]".
** More specifically, Milton Krest and his boat, the ''Wavekrest'' are from "[[Literature/ForYourEyesOnly The Hildebrand Rarity]]", although the titular rarity -- a fish -- doesn't appear. Krest's wife-beating habits are given to Sanchez. As for ''Literature/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'', Sanchez himself shares many qualities with the novel's version of Fransico Scaramanga, both being crime lords in Central America, although he's more FauxAffablyEvil.
* AffablyEvil: Professor Joe Butcher is a conman, but he's never anything but pleasant. Even when Pam pulls a gun on him, or steals back her "donation", he can only smile about the whole thing. It helps that it's not ''his'' money being stolen, and he ''did'' get to see her shapely leg. It's probably the reason he's the only villain in the film who survives Bond's wrath.
--->[[CatchPhrase Bless your heart!]]
* AgentsDating: Bond resolves the LoveTriangle by choosing CIA agent [[LastGirlWins Pam Bouvier]]. During the course of the film, she poses as his "[[SexySecretary Executive Secretary]]", with all the implications that come with that.
* ArtisticLicenseGunSafety: There is a point during Bond's assembly of the camera/sniper rifle where he ends up pointing the barrel at ''himself''. This is even worse than it sounds, since he had ''loaded'' the gun just seconds before. Q should also get a mention in this, for designing a gun in which loading the bullets is part of the assembly process rather than something you do ''after'' its been put together.
* AssholeVictim: Ed Killifer, Milton Krest
* AxCrazy: Dario
* {{Badass}}: Bond, of course.
* BananaRepublic: Isthmus City is an {{Expy}} for Panama. Sanchez even has a meeting with El Presidenté, where he informs the man that he is "replaceable".
-->'''Sanchez''': You're only President... [[ImpliedDeathThreat For Life]].
* BangBangBANG: As an in-joke, there's a scene in the final chase where bullets ricochet off a tanker to the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cx9HPd7UBgc tune of the Bond theme]].
* BarBrawl: Complete with GrievousBottleyHarm and ChairmanOfTheBrawl.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Bond seems to desperately want Pam Bouvier. He vents his frustration by displaying vague hostility towards her.
* BerserkButton: Bond accepts the violent deaths of those in the world of espionage as a fact of life; but when innocent people end up getting killed as collateral (old-flame and best friend's wife or not), on the other hand, that's when you find yourself on his bad side. And as the movie poster clearly states, [[UnstoppableRage Bond's bad side is a dangerous place to be]].
** Franz Sanchez does not take being screwed over very well, a trait that Bond ends up taking advantage of.
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: Kwang tells this to his partner. She obliges by committing SuicideByCop, by killing one of Colonel Heller's men, prompting Colonel Heller's men to shoot her.
* BettyAndVeronica: Pam Bouvier and Lupe Lamora.
* BigDamnVillains: Bond would have been sent straight back to England after he was caught by the undercover narcotics agents if it weren't for Colonel Heller's timely intervention.
* BigEntrance: Leiter and Bond arrive at the wedding by skydiving from a helicopter that's dangling Sanchez's plane.
* BloodierAndGorier: Probably the bloodiest and goriest Bond film to date.
* BondOneLiner: Oddly, by the ''villain''.
-->'''Sanchez:''' ''(when asked what to do about the blood-splattered money)'' Launder it.
** "SWITCH THE BLOODY MACHINE OFF!"
** Also includes probably the smartest BondOneLiner; At ErnestHemingway's house, when Bond is asked to hand over his gun, "I guess this is [[Literature/AFarewellToArms a farewell to arms]]."
** There's also Bond's "Bon Appetit!" after locking the unconscious guard in a big drawer full of maggots (never mind that [[ArtisticLicenseBiology maggots don't eat living flesh]]), harking back to when he threw a henchman into a pool of piranha fish in ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice''.
** Sharkey's reaction to Killifer's death. Also a BaitAndSwitchComment.
-->'''Sharkey:''' Oh, what a terrible waste. (''Bond stares at him'') Of money!
* 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.
* BulletholeDoor: Pam blasts an (excessively large) hole in the wall at the Bimini bar with a shotgun.
* CallBack: Pam's "I haven't heard that one in a long time" quip about Bond mentioning their escape boat has run out of fuel is most likely a reference to Bond and Honey Rider's similar predicament at the end of ''Film/DrNo''.
** The opening chords to this movie's theme is similar to the one to ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}''.
** The horrific end to Felix's marriage to Della echoes Bond's [[Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService own tragic marriage to Tracy]].
** "Why don't you wait until you're asked?" "Why don't you ask me?"
* CarSkiing: The climactic chase has Bond commandeering a tanker truck and somehow managing to dodge a Stinger missile with this maneuver.
* CartwrightCurse: Felix's marriage to Della lasted twice, possibly three times as long as Bond's marriage to Teresa. This isn't saying much.
* ChekhovsGun: Partially averted. Some of the gadgets Q brings to Isthmus City (the exploding alarm clock and the laser/X-ray Polaroid camera) are never used (in the field). However, [[spoiler:if Bond doesn't succeed to assassinate Sanchez with the gun, it only responds to Bond's handprint; this saves his life later when a ninja tries shooting him with it.]]
** [[ChekhovsGift Chekhovs Lighter]]: As a present to their Best Man, Felix and Della give James a lighter which overflares when he tries it out. [[spoiler:Bond uses it to [[ManOnFire finish off Sanchez]].]]
** Also Felix has a flower tucked into his lapel for the wedding. Bond identifies Krest's Ocean Exotica warehouse as the place where Leiter was fed to the shark when Bond sees it among some of the garbage on the floor (that, and traces of dried blood).
* CollapsingLair
* ComicBookAdaptation: Eclipse Comics adapted the story as a standalone graphic novel.
* ContinuityNod: Felix tells Della that [[Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService "[Bond] was married once, but it was a long time ago."]].
* ConveyorBeltODoom: To which Dario meets his demise.
* CrazyPrepared: Sanchez's escape, first bribing Killifer with a hefty sum and then having him drive the prison van off the road on the Key West Bridge, where his froggers are waiting.
* CyanidePill: Kwang, the Hong Kong narcotics agent, bites down on one before Sanchez can interrogate him.
* DarkerAndEdgier: This remains the darkest Bond flick, to the effect that some audiences were turned off by the violence. Others thought it was more faithful to the books. In fact, some scenes had to be trimmed or removed to avoid an R-rating (They were later restored for the Ultimate Edition DVD/Blu-Ray). It did get a 15, roughly equivalent in terms of what's allowed, in the UK and is the only Bond film to date to have a theatrical release rated 15.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Q actually gets to be a supporting character in this one, rather than his usual one scene appearance to give Bond his gadgets.
* DeathByMaterialism: Killifer, Heller and Truman-Lodge. Inverted with Milton Krest; Sanchez only ''thinks'' he died for this.
** Note Killifer falls into the shark enclosure when Bond throws him the suitcase full of money and he reflexively lets go of his handhold to grab it!
* {{Deconstruction}}: Bond going rogue had been hinted in previous films (''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'', and most notably ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService''), but never really explored until now. ''Licence to Kill'' really doesn't show this in a flattering light, considering the number of innocent people who end up dead because of Bond's vendetta.
* DirtForcefield: One of the few movies where Bond [[AvertedTrope doesn't have it]]. By the end of the final action sequence, he's covered in sweat, blood, dirt, and gasoline.
* DirtyCop: Ed Killifer is bribed by Sanchez into helping break him out.
* DistractedByTheSexy: Twice for Bond. The first time when Pam shows up at the bank, having gotten a new haircut and decent set of clothes. The second time when she strips down to her underwear as she and Bond load Sanchez's money on to the Wave Krest to frame Krest.
* DisturbedDoves: Bond dislodges a few while rappelling to attach plastic explosives next to Sanchez's office window.
* TheDragon: Heller and Dario.
** DragonWithAnAgenda: Heller.
* DrivingADesk: There are scenes where Sanchez and his cronies pretend to drive through long stretches of Isthmus's highways.
* DudeWheresMyReward: Bond is present "only as an observer" so doesn't get the credit for capturing Sanchez, who ends up retaliating against the wrong man.
* DullSurprise: Lupe. As mistress to a drug lord, you can't really blame her.
* TheEasyWayOrTheHardWay: Sanchez to Bond after he's exposed as a spy. When Bond refuses to say anything at all, Sanchez orders him put on the ConveyorBeltODoom.
* 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).
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: In Sanchez's first scene, as he finds his girlfriend Lupe in bed with another man, he has Dario, Perez and Braun kill the boyfriend by cutting out his heart, and he personally whips her with a stingray tail. This is all that's needed to tell us that Sanchez is a lot worse than your average Bond villain.
* ExplodingFishTanks: Done when Bond is discovered by Krest's guards in the Ocean Exotica.
* ExplosiveDecompression: A variant thereof.
* EvenEvilHasStandards:
** Both Killifer and Krest are nauseated by Sanchez dipping Leiter into the shark pool.
** Pam mentions that Dario "Used to be with the Contras until they kicked him out".
** A mook truck driver rescues his companion from the burning vehicle.
** AntiHero example; Bond frames Krest for embezzlement so that Sanchez will kill him, but he is visibly shocked by the ''manner'' that Sanchez chooses to [[ExplosiveDecompression kill]] [[YourHeadAsplode him]].
* [[ThreateningShark Everything's Even Worse With Sharks]]: Felix loses part of his left leg to a shark. Said shark also eats Killifer.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Sanchez is a hospitable enough guy that you almost forget that in other scenes, he whips Lupe with a stingray, has a guy's heart literally cut out, had Della Leiter raped and killed, [[SharkPool feeds Felix Leiter to a shark]], and [[YourHeadAsplode shoves Krest into a decompression chamber]] (after being tricked into thinking that Krest had betrayed him).
* FixingTheGame: Bond is cleaning up the pit bosses while playing blackjack in Sanchez's casino. Sanchez sends Lupe in to replace the dealer. After Lupe expertly shuffles and cuts the deck, Bond asks if he is going to lose. Lupe replies yes, but not much. Bond quits the game. It's ambiguous if Lupe is actually fixing the game or is just better at playing it. It's a bit odd for a ''casino'' to rig one blackjack table since the House always wins.
* ForkliftFu: Heller is impaled on a forklift by Sanchez.
* AFriendInNeed: Even after Bond becomes a RogueAgent, Moneypenny arranges to send Q with a bagful of his handy gadgets.
* TheGeneralissimo: Hector Lopez.
* GigglingVillain: Dario
* GracefulLoser: Joe Butcher responds to Pam locking him in a room and later robbing him with a cheery, "Bless your heart!"
* GuileHero: Bond.
* AHandfulForAnEye: Bond using a [[{{squick}} handful of maggots]] at the Ocean Exotica, and a fire extinguisher during the end chase.
* HeroAntagonist: M becomes this as he tries to reign in Bond, who has gone rogue and is up to some increasingly reckless antics in his personal vendetta. There is also Fallon ("our man in Isthmus" according to M) and the Hong Kong narcotics agents (remember, Hong Kong was a British crown colony at the time), who capture Bond for [[NiceJobBreakingItHero possibly blowing their undercover operation against Sanchez.]]
** 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.
* HeroHarassesHelpers: Bond constantly looks down upon Pam throughout the film.
* HighSpeedHijack: Bond does this when he hijacks one of Sanchez's tankers in the climactic chase. He drops onto the back of the tanker from a light plane before climbing into the cab where he gets into a knife fight with the driver before finally forcing him out and taking control of the truck.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard:
** Sanchez would probably have been much more safe if he'd just returned straight to Isthmus after paying off Killifer. His decision to retaliate against Leiter is what costs him his life in the end.
** Killifer, Leiter's DEA partner, sells him and Della out for $2 million. Later, when Bond has him dangling over a shark pit containing the same shark that Leiter was fed to, Killifer desperately offers Bond the money, only for Bond to decide he should keep it... by throwing it, and the metal case it's in, right at him. This causes Killifer to lose his grip and fall right into the shark pit, and promptly get eaten. [[BondOneLiner It was a terrible waste... of money.]]
* HollywoodDensity: Averted with the BriefcaseFullOfMoney. The briefcase that Sanchez uses to pay Killifer for liberating him is noticeably heavy. So is the briefcase Bond takes to the Banco di Isthmus.
* HypocriticalHumor: After all the times Q has criticized Bond in previous movies for the mistreatment of his gadgets, seeing him casually toss aside a rake radio transmitter after using it to report Bond's whereabouts to Pam is almost too funny to bear.
* IWorkAlone: Bond adopts (and even states) this mentality to Q and Pam. It's implied that he's going solo because he doesn't want their deaths on his hands, given what happened to Leiter.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Colonel Heller, with a forklift truck. Attempted on Bond in the BarBrawl with a ''swordfish''. [[EyeTake The look on Bond's face]] when the chair he uses barely deflects it is priceless.
* ImprovisedWeapon: Pam saves Bond from several mooks by cropdusting them.
** A mook improvises a spear out of a ''swordfish.''
* ItsPersonal: The entire premise. Bond is not only doing it for Felix and Della, it's like he's avenging what happened to his own dead wife.
* JustBetweenYouAndMe: See below. Inverted, since it's the hero revealing his reason to the villain.
* KarmicDeath: "Don't you want to know ''why''?"
** Happens earlier with Killifer. Dangling above the same SharkPool Felix had been lowered into, he desperately offers to split his payoff with Bond. Bond, however, answers "You earned it. You keep it, ''old buddy''.", and throws it at him, making him fall in and get eaten.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: Sanchez's murder of Krest by putting him in a decompression airlock.
* KillItWithFire: Sanchez' death, and a few mooks during the final chase.
* LaymansTerms: Bond has to explain to the guard working at Krest's marine research warehouse that a ''Carcharodon carcharias'' is a Great White Shark. The guard failing to recognize the Latin term is the first clue that Bond has found the place where Leiter was fed to the shark.
* LampshadeHanging: The fact that Bond's waterskiing-plane hijacking stunt is so incredible and borderline ridiculous is actually a factor influencing Sanchez's judgment of Krest when he grills him about losing the money and the cocaine.
* LawmanGoneBad: Ed Killifer, a DEA agent who easily takes a $2 million dollar bribe to spring Sanchez from federal custody.
* MacheteMayhem: Sanchez's gasoline truck drivers are apparently armed with machetes, in case of hostile takeover. The man himself is also holding one when he confronts Bond in the climax.
* ManipulativeBastard: Bond himself basically become the Iago to Sanchez's Othello, except that this time Sanchez ''really, really'' deserves it.
* ManOnFire: [[spoiler:Sanchez]] starts out this way, followed by StuffBlowingUp.
* MarketBasedTitle: The U.S. posters featuring 'license', as per the American standard.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Robert Davi as Sanchez.
* MeaningfulName:
** The movie itself due to the excessive violence. Plus, at least six other blockbusters crowded this movie out of the market in the summer of 1989, making some believe it really was the licence to kill the franchise. At the very least, it prevented any future Bond films from being released in the summer. Later they almost did this with ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'', though, although they may have been spooked by the prospect of running against an ''[[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull Indiana Jones]]'' '''and''' ''[[Film/TheDarkKnight Batman]]'' film in the summer...[[HistoryRepeatsItself again]].
** Pam Bouvier's name, and her alias 'Miss Kennedy' are a reference to JFK's wife, Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis.
** In-universe acknowledgement: One of Krest's froggers comments on Sharkey's poor choice of nickname. [[SharkPool Guess how he dies?]]
** It probably shouldn't have come as too much of a surprise that ''Kill''ifer ends up dead early on.
* TheMole: All over the place.
** Ed Killifer helps Sanchez escape and sells Leiter out to him.
** On the other side, Colonel Heller is trying to sell Sanchez's Stinger missiles back to the Americans in exchange for immunity from prosecution.
** Kwang infiltrates Sanchez's circle posing as a Chinese drug baron, and Lupe aids Bond in convincing Sanchez that ''Krest'' is a Mole (or at least a traitor), when in fact he is loyal.
** Bond himself is sort-of this, and for a moment believes Pam is one when he sees her meeting with Heller through the lens of his sniper rifle.
* MoreDakka:
** Realizing a lethal BarBrawl is imminent, Bond shows Pam his holstered Walther PPK. She gives him a contemptuous look and shows she's holding a shotgun under the table.
** Heller launches an assault on Kwang's hideout ''[[TankGoodness with a tank!]]''
** The trope backfires on Sanchez when he uses his precious Stingers on Bond and Pam, and at far too close a range to activate the explosive.
* MsFanservice: Carey Lowell, especially for those into GirlsWithGuns when she pulls a pistol from her sexy blue sequined dress.
* MythologyGag: At the Hemingway House, Bond is led to a shadowy figure stroking a cat, a la Blofeld, [[BaitAndSwitch but it turns out to be M.]]
* NeutralFemale: Lupe Lamora.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: As noted, Bond's quest for revenge ends up screwing up the actual plans other law enforcement agencies had in place, and gets a lot of them killed.
* {{Ninja}} : Working for ''Hong Kong Narcotics''. Face, meet palm.
* NobleDemon: Sanchez thinks of himself as this. Ends up being a cheap thug at the conclusion.
* NotEnoughToBury: Krest, who dies from ExplosiveDecompression, and Dario, who dies by going through a coke grinder.
* NotWithTheSafetyOnYouWont: The "signature gun" will only fire when it registers Bond's palm print on the stock. This saves Bond's life when a ninja snatches it and tries to shoot Bond.
* NothingPersonal: Sanchez says this to Felix right before he dips him into the shark pool.
-->'''Sanchez:''' I want you to know this is nothing personal, is purely (pause) business.
* OffingTheMouth: Truman Lodge, Sanchez's accountant. He's the helper that gets more and more snarky about the money loss that the typical Bond-brand RoaringRampageOfRevenge is giving them (SupervillainLair-slash-drug lab blown up sky-high, EvilMinions killed, secret stolen [[MacGuffin Stinger missiles]] that they were going to sell on the black market wasted on trying to kill Bond, etc) as the movie goes on. Sanchez eventually gets enough during the final action sequence, and with a proper PreMortemOneLiner shoots him dead with an Uzi.
-->'''Sanchez:''' I guess it's time to start cutting overhead.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Timothy Dalton. His Northern accent is more evident than before in this film, although such 'slippage' might have been intentional.
* OutsideRide: Bond and Sanchez clings to the outside of gasoline tanker trucks during the films climatic chase scene.
* OvertOperative: Justified -- Bond is able to infiltrate Sanchez's operation as himself, [[RogueAgent having just been kicked out of MI6]]. Given Sanchez already has ex-CIA members like Colonel Heller working for him, this is nothing unusual and there's nothing there to make Sanchez be suspicious of Bond's background.
* PathOfInspiration: Professor Joe Butcher, a NewAge ScamReligion TV evangelist and head of the Olympatec Meditation Institute. Its main purpose is as a front for Sanchez's drug operation and donations invariably end up funding that, with "targets" in donations actually being [[SpySpeak drug dealer speak]] for agreeing new market prices for their product.
** Truman-Lodge mentions to the Orientals that they started the Olympatec Meditation Institute strictly as a cover for the underground distribution center below it, but Butcher has found a way to make it profitable in and of itself.
* PayEvilUntoEvil
* PetTheDog:
-->'''Bond:''' Q.... you would have made a ''terrific'' field agent.
* PluckyComicRelief: Q, even more so than before.
** For the villain side, the soft-spoken AffablyEvil Professor Joe Butcher [[LaughablyEvil qualifies as well]].
* PornStache: Part of Q's fisherman disguise.
* PostRapeTaunt: Dario and his men taunt Felix Leiter with news of their murder of his new wife, among other things telling him, "We gave her a nice ''honeymooooooooooon''," with obvious implications, before they feed Felix to the shark.
* PrecisionFStrike: Q tells Pam not to be upset at Bond spending the night with Lupe, as it's something often required by his job. Pam's response: "Bullshit!" Quite shocking given the lack of profanity in the series before then.
* PreMortemOneLiner: Perhaps the most serious, heartfelt in a Bond film.
-->'''Franz Sanchez:''' You could have had everything.\\
'''Bond:''' Don't you want to know ''why''?\\
[takes out the lighter Felix gave him, and [[KillItWithFire sets Sanchez on fire]]]
** Sanchez gets one himself.
--->'''Truman-Lodge:''' Brilliant! Well done, Franz! Another eighty-million dollar write-off!
--->'''Sanchez:''' Then I guess it's time to start cutting overhead. ''(shoots Truman-Lodge with a Uzi)''
** And Pam:
--->'''Dario:''' You're dead!
--->'''Pam:''' Took the words right out of my mouth! *Shoots Dario*
** There's also [[AndThisIsFor "Compliments of Sharkey!"]], right before Bond harpoons Krest's frogman and kicks off the water-skiing chase.
* PresidentForLife: Hector Lopez, the "president"[[note]]Sanchez is the actual ruler[[/note]] of the BananaRepublic of Isthmus. Sanchez uses this line as a threat that means -- if he doesn't cooperate, "for life" means "until I no longer approves of you being the puppet president".
* ProductPlacement:
** The title sequence is literally a commercial for ''Olympus'' cameras. It shows the brand name several times and has a photography theme that doesn't correlate to anything in the movie. One of Bond's gadgets is disguised as a camera...and that's it. Its not even one that he ''uses''; Pam does, but only because she mistook it for a real camera.
** Both the U.S. UsefulNotes/CoastGuard helicopter and Sanchez's private helicopter prominently display the logo of ''Aerospatiale'', the French aircraft manufacturing company of both of the helicopter models shown.
** Bond's remote control for the detonator features the ''Philips'' logo, and the detonator is disguised in a pack of ''Lark'' cigarettes.
** The ''Kenworth'' logo is visible several times during the tanker chase.
** Bond orders a case of ''Bollinger R.D.'' when arriving at the hotel in Isthmus.
** The signature gun is a ''Hasselblad'' camera.
* PsychoForHire: Dario. Apparently he was too extreme for the Contras.
* PsychoElectricEel: Bond pulls one of Krest's men into a tank full of maggots.
* RapeAsDrama: Della, Leiter's wife, was tortured and raped before being murdered, as evidenced by the line that Dario gave her "a nice ''honeymoooon''."
* RedRightHand: Dario has a metal tooth on his upper jaw.
* ReliablyUnreliableGuns: Pam has a stovepipe malfunction, but it's subverted when in the time Pam could correct it Dario has already assured a nasty death by falling into a shredder.
* ResignationsNotAccepted: As M stated, "We are not a country club, 007!". M could not fire Bond or allow him to resign - only revoke his [[TitleDrop licence to kill]]. This invokes a bit of FridgeHorror while you really think about it.
* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: Averted; Krest wants to kill Killifer, but Sanchez insists on paying him as agreed.
* RightHandCat: Sanchez's pet iguana (with a diamond collar).
** ReptilesAreAbhorrent: Lupe ''hates'' the iguana. At least, [[BrickJoke until the party at the end of the movie]] where she's lovingly petting it...and wearing its collar as a bracelet. Maybe she just pretended not to like it while Sanchez was alive.
* '''RoaringRampageOfRevenge''': '''TheMovie'''
* RobbingTheMobBank: Bond steals from Krest, uses the money to establish his credentials as a corrupt ex-MI6 agent, then plants the remainder back on Krest so Sanchez will kill him in the depressurization tank.
* RogueAgent: Bond.
* RomanticFalseLead: The film leads the viewer into thinking Lupe will be Bond's romance in the film (nope, she's better off with El Presidente), while he ends up with Pam, who for the latter part of the film grumbles about Bond and Lupe, "WhatDoesHeSeeInHer"
* RRatedOpening: The movie opens with Sanchez finding Lupe in bed with another man, having her lover's heart cut out, and personally beating her with a stingray tail whip, letting you know that Sanchez is a lot more menacing than any Bond villain you'll come across with the possible exception of Raoul Silva from ''Skyfall''.
* SafetyInMuggles: After Bond "resigns" and escapes to the street, M stops a guard from shooting because they can't risk hitting a civilian.
* SayMyName: Dario screams for Sanchez as he's going into the cocaine grinder.
* ScamReligion: Professor Joe Butcher is a televangelist who operates the Olimpatec Meditation Institute; a front organization for drug lord Franz Sanchez's illicit operations. Originally started by Sanchez merely as a cover, he later notes that Professor Joe manages to turn a 'tidy profit' from it.
* SeeYouInHell: Felix yells this (with some {{Narm}}, sadly) at Sanchez when he gets dunked into the shark pool. As Sanchez only intends to mutilate him, it backfires:
-->'''Franz Sanchez:''' No. [[CruelMercy Today is the first day of]] [[FateWorseThanDeath the rest of your life.]]
* SexyBacklessOutfit: Pam's evening dress.
* SharkPool: The Ocean Exotica has one. Somewhat justified in that it occurs in a marine research facility.
* SheCleansUpNicely: While Pam is insulted to be Bond's "secretary", when she shows up at the bank in the dress she bought with the money Bond gave her, Bond is so ''stunned'' by how beautiful she is, he does a DoubleTake.
* ShesGotLegs: Pam, and how!
* ShotgunsAreJustBetter: Especially in bar brawls.
* ShoutOut: Bond is taken to ''Hemingway'' House to turn in his licence and his weapon. He comments that it's "[[Literature/AFarewellToArms a farewell to arms]]". Subtle...
** Pam's liking for .25 Berettas, Bond's WeaponOfChoice in the novels before he was forced to change to the Walther PPK.
* ShutUpAndSaveMe: "SWITCH THE BLOODY MACHINE OFF! " (which is kind of a BondOneLiner, as Dario had just fallen into said machine, a shredder)
* SlasherSmile: Dario enjoys flashing one of these.
* SlidingScaleOfGenderInequality: The first Bond film to reach Level 5. Despite Bond's concerns, Pam frequently shows she can handle herself, in fact saving him a few times throughout the film.
* SmokingIsCool: Averted. The end credits sport a ''Surgeon General's Warning'' in reference to the use of tobacco products in the film
* SniperRifle: Disguised as a camera. With a palm print reader programmed so that only Bond can fire it.
* SoProudOfYou: Bond takes time to tell Q he makes a great field agent.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: Part of why this film was poorly received (in the States) was how extremely atypical it was from previous Bond films. This time, Bond's not on a mission by MI6, fighting for queen and country, he's on his own fighting for himself and his friends.
* SpottingTheThread: The first indication to Bond that Krest's Ocean Exotica facility is up to no good is when the guard at the door fails to recognize the words ''Carcharodon carcharias'' as Latin for a great white shark.
* StealthPun: Felix's ''lighter''. Get it? What's even funnier is that they had explicitly used that pun in ''Film/LiveAndLetDie'' - the other film where David Hedison played Leiter.
* StayInTheKitchen: Bouvier is incensed that she has to play the part of Bond's "executive secretary" and not the other way around, and Bond has to remind her that they are operating south of the border, which has more of a "stay in the kitchen" culture than the United States has.
* SympatheticAdulterer: Given who Sanchez is, can you honestly blame Lupe for cheating on him ''twice''? First with the unnamed man who gets his heart cut out for sleeping her, and then sleeping with Bond.
* TitleDrop: Double when considering the ViewersAreMorons entry.
-->'''M:''' Your licence to kill is revoked.
* ToThePain: As Sanchez puts Bond on an conveyor belt into a cocaine grinder.
-->'''Sanchez:''' When it gets up to your ankles, you're going to beg to tell me everything. When it gets up to your knees, you'll kiss my ass to kill you!
* TookALevelInJerkass:
** 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.
** 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.
* TragicKeepsake: Bond's lighter.
* TrappedInASinkingCar: As Sanchez is being transported across a bridge, the armoured truck is forced into the water where scuba divers rescue him from the back of the truck.
* TurnInYourBadge / RogueAgent: The premise of the film is Bond resigning his License to Kill to go after Sanchez.
* TwoPersonPoolParty: Possibly.
* UnconventionalVehicleChase: After Bond destroys Sanchez's drug lab, he chases down the gasoline tanker trucks used to smuggle the cocaine.
* UndercoverCopReveal: "We're Hong Kong Narcotics, you '''bastard!'''"
* VaporTrail: Bond opens the valve on Sanchez's tanker to let out the cocaine-filled fuel. Unsurprisingly, the trail of fuel catches fire.
* VaporWear: It doesn't take much of a close look to see that Pam isn't wearing anything under the dress she has on during the climax.
* ViewersAreMorons: A rumor exists that the original title for the film, ''License Revoked'', was changed because test audiences didn't know what the word "revoked" meant, or that they would be confused why Bond not being able to drive (i.e. a ''driving'' licence) was such a bad thing. The last minute title change was one of the things that ultimately hurt the film.
** The truth is more nuanced - MGM feared that because of the driving association, American audiences would not respond well to the title not because of confusion but because the idea was associated with being forced to do things slowly and laboriously - not an association that one wanted for a successful summer blockbuster! In any event, the viewer confusion caused by the last-minute title change probably did the film far more harm.
* VillainousBreakdown: Initially, Sanchez treats his men well. At the end, where everything's falling to pieces, he's gunning them down with MAC-10s for being annoying. Also an example of a BlofeldPloy.
* TheVoiceless: Braun.
* 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.
* YouHaveToBelieveMe: Krest trying to explain to Sanchez how Bond stole his money then made an escape by diving off the boat, and hijacking a plane mid-flight. "Would I make up a story like that?"
* YourHeadASplode: [[spoiler: Poor Krest. You almost feel sorry for him that he had to die by the decompression chamber.]]

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