Characters: Licence to Kill

Characters specific to Licence to Kill. For those in the entire film franchise, see here.


Franz Sanchez

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, ironically.

  • Bond One-Liner:
    Perez: What about the money, patron?
    Sanchez: Launder it.
  • 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).


Pamela Bouvier

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.
  • Battle Couple: With Bond.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Lowell's hair was naturally short. Her first scenes actually have her wearing a wig, so in-universe, we have Bouvier get a haircut to allow Lowell's naturally short hair to shine in her "Miss Kennedy" persona.
  • Bond One-Liner:
    Dario: Ha-ha-ha... You're dead!
    Pam: You took the words right out of my mouth!
    [she shoots him]
  • Chekhov's Gunman: 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.
  • Crazy-Prepared: She brought a shotgun and a bulletproof vest for the rendezvous with Bond, just in case. Turns out it was a wise decision because of Dario's arrival. She also keeps two small pistols with her when she arrives in Isthmus.
  • 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.


Lupe Lamora

Played by : Talisa Soto

Sanchez's mistress.

  • 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.


Dario

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.


Milton Krest

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 a Traitor: Krest may have been loyal to Sanchez 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.


Colonel Heller

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.


Truman Lodge

Played by: Anthony Starke

Sanchez's financial advisor and accountant.


Ed Kilifer

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.
  • Laughably Evil: His Affably Evil persona, constant Catch Phrase ("Bless your heart!") and the fact most of his scenes are humorous in contrast to the dark tone of the film.
  • Light Is Not Good: A televangelist running a sham cult that hides a drug-dealing operation.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Acts as this for his scenes to give audiences a breather due to the film being Darker and Edgier.
  • Preacher Man: A televangelist.


El Presidente Hector Lopez

Played by: Pedro Armendáriz Jr.

The President of Isthmus.


Sharkey

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.