Characters: Licence to Kill
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Played by : Robert Davi
The most powerful drug lord in Latin America, having been wanted by the DEA for years. He is captured in the beginning of the movie, only to escape shortly afterwards and wreck havoc on Felix Leiter's life. Is arguably based on the version of Fransisco Scaramanga as seen in the original novel
, but is considerably nicer
- Composite Character: He has elements of Le Chiffre and Francisco Scaramanga (from the books), right down to the latter's name.
- Domestic Abuser: He does whip Lupe with a stingray tail when he catches her in bed with another man
- Establishing Character Moment: Upon catching Lupe with another man, he orders the man's heart cut out and he personally whips Lupe.
- Faux Affably Evil: Sanchez is a hospitable enough guy that you almost forget at times that he beats his girlfriend, has a guy's heart literally cut out, has Leiter's wife raped and murdered right before feeding Leiter to a shark, and shoves Krest into a decompression chamber (wrongfully thinking that he'd betrayed him).
Played by : Carey Lowell
The last CIA agent alive on Leiter's list of contacts on the Sanchez file, she meets Bond in a bar in Bimini. She ends up helping him in his crusade against Sanchez.
- Action Girl: Maybe the best example in the entirety of the Bond franchise. She never really needs to be saved by Bond; in fact, she saves him on several occasions.
- Distaff Counterpart: To Bond, clearly. Bond even underestimates her.
- Early-Bird Cameo: She was at Felix's wedding party and left early, with Bond walking in just as Felix was done with her, prompting the "strictly business" line.
- Holy Backlight: Her first appearance to Dario after he apparently shoots her has her in a white robe and really overexposed lighting, with the implication that Dario's thinks he's actually seeing her ghost, but the Special Effects Failure means that the effect is far too subtle to be noticed on the first viewing.
- Universal Driver's License: Land, air and sea. The "air" part is justified in that piloting is her specialty.
- Technically speaking, all she did with the "sea" part was wiggle the steering wheel a bit and send it into full speed ahead.
- Woman in White: When she enters Sanchez's facility. There was supposed to be a glow effect when Dario sees her for the final time, but Special Effects Failure meant it got fudged.
Played by : Talisa Soto
- Your Cheating Heart: Her opening scene has Sanchez catching her in bed with another man. Sanchez himself beats her with a stingray's tail while his henchmen kill the boyfriend and cut his heart out.
Played by : Benicio Del Toro
Sanchez's main and most loyal henchman.
- Karmic Death: Falls into a cocaine grinder and gets shredded. Though Bond probably didn't know he raped and killed Della.
- Knife Nut: His Weapon of Choice, pulled out in a distinctive fashion every time.
Played by : Anthony Zerbe
Sanchez's henchman who operates the Wavekrest Marine Research as a front for Sanchez's drug trade.
- Blatant Lies: When Bond meets him.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Sanchez throws him inside his boat's decompression chamber and begins raising the pressure of the chamber. Once the pressure reaches a critical point, Sanchez, taking an axe, hacks through the air-pressure vent. The rapid decompression causes Krest's head to rapidly expand, then explode.
- Death by Materialism: Subverted. Sanchez is led to think Krest died this way.
- Even Evil Has Standards: As with Kilifer, he's clearly nauseated watching Leiter being fed to the shark.
- Mistaken for an Imposter: Krest may have been loyal the whole time, but between Bond's convincing tip to Sanchez about a possible traitor in his organization, and the presence of a huge pile of Sanchez' money on his boat, he ends up looking guilty as sin.
- Wealthy Yacht Owner: And "marine biologist"
- Your Head Asplode: Along with the rest of him when Sanchez locks him in a decompression chamber.
Played by: Don Stroud
Sanchez's head of security, he is the head of the Isthmus military. He is also a CIA grass who is trying to commandeer the Stinger missiles that Sanchez has stolen.
Played by: Anthony Starke
Sanchez's financial advisor and accountant.
- All There in the Manual: In a deleted scene, Pam mentions that Truman's wanted in the United States for insider trading on Wall Street, presumably in the 1987 Stock Market crash.
- The Consigliere: To Sanchez.
- Evil Genius: Financially.
- Morally Bankrupt Banker: Obsessed with numbers and profits.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He tries to pull this after Bond destroys Sanchez's facility, but Sanchez catches him before he escapes too far, essentially forcing him into his car. It probably didn't hurt Sanchez's decision to fill him with a few dozen bullets.
- Too Dumb to Live: All things considered, Sanchez has had a bad day: a man he thought would be a trusted friend turned out to be trying to kill him, his drug refining facility has been destroyed, the religious cult cover has been exposed and Bond has now destroyed two of the tankers with millions of dollars worth of petro-cocaine and managed to steal one. The last thing he needs at this point is a snotty nosed financial expert berating him for messing up a lucrative business. Truman was also a little bit foolish to talk in such a condescending manner to Sanchez, who has already displayed his complete disregard for his henchmen's lives. Sure enough, one snide comment too many from Truman and Sanchez whips out an Uzi and shoots him, before getting into one of the remaining tankers.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Sanchez kills him when he bemoans the fact that he's lost another $80 million
Played by: Everett McGill
A DEA agent who was bribed by Sanchez to help him escape and betray Felix Leiter.
Professor Joe Butcher
Played by: Wayne Newton
Sanchez's middleman and TV evangelist for Olimpatec Meditation Institute.
- Affably Evil: Never raises his temper, even when Pam threatens him with a gun and steals back the money she brought in the first place.
- Catch Phrase: "Bless your heart!".
- Corrupt Church: His church is a front for Sanchez's drug operation. A bonus in that he rakes in plenty of legitimate profit in his own right.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Pam seduces him to get him out of the way before pulling a gun on him.
- Karma Houdini: Besides the lizard, Lamora and El Presidente, the only top-level associate of Sanchez's that doesn't die a brutally horrible death.
- Light Is Not Good: A televangelist running a sham cult that hides a drug-dealing operation.
- Preacher Man: A televangelist.
El Presidente Hector Lopez
Played by: Pedro Armendáriz Jr.
The President of Isthmus.
Played by: Frank McRae
A friend of Felix Leiter, he owns a boat charter business and was chosen by Leiter to be his Best Man alongside Bond for his wedding. He later helps Bond to investigate Krest's facility and yacht.
Della Leiter, née Churchill
Played by: Priscilla Barnes
The bride of Felix Leiter, she is raped and killed by Sanchez's men on her wedding night.
- Happily Married: Doesn't last even a day, sadly...
- The Lost Lenore: One has to wonder if she is or isn't this for Bond... Bond risked his life to avenge her death as well as Leiter's hospitalization, after all.