Characters: Licence to Kill
Characters specific to Licence to Kill. For those in the entire film franchise, see here.
Played by : Robert DaviThe 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.
- Bad Boss: He becomes this late in the film.
- Benevolent Boss: Subverted. Bond manipulates him into a state of paranoia, causing him to kill his own men.
- Berserk Button: Let's just say that he doesn't take disloyalty very well.
- 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).
- Machete Mayhem: He uses one in his climatic fight with Bond.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: Not really, if the kitsch style of his Big Fancy House is any indication. Franz has very much the taste of a thug off the streets despite his immense wealth.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor
- Nothing Personal: So he says to Leiter.Sanchez: I want you to know this is nothing personal. It's purely... business.
- President for Life: Sanchez is the real ruler of the Banana Republic that is Isthmus. He even has a meeting with "el Presidenté", where he informs the man that he is "replaceable", meaning that El Presidente is just a puppet.Sanchez: Remember, you're only President... For life.
- Revenge Before Reason: Would have gotten away with his new scheme of smuggling cocaine by blending it with gasoline if not for his Disproportionate Retribution against Felix Leiter.
- Right Hand Iguana: It even has a little diamond necklace that is seen in Lupe's possession at the end of the movie.
- Terms of Endangerment: Does this right after finding his missing millions of dollars stashed in Krest's decompression chamber, when Krest claims that it isn't his money. "That's right, amigo. It is mine!" What follows is one of the most gruesome and disturbing death scenes in the whole series.
- Supervillain Lair: His drug refining facility, which is hidden behind the Olimpatec Meditation Institute.
- Villain with Good Publicity: In Isthmus.
- Villainous Breakdown: Toward the end of his reign.
Played by : Carey LowellThe 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]
- 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.
- 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.
- Real Women Don't Wear Dresses: She's not thrilled about being Bond's "secretary" in Isthmus City. She even asks him why he can't be her secretary.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: Bond does a Double Take when he sees her after her makeover in a Sexy Backless Outfit.
- She's Got Legs: As shown whenever she draws her .25 from her thigh holster.
- Shotguns Are Just Better: In bar brawls especially.
- Show Some Leg: Uses this tactic towards Joe Butcher to enter Sanchez's drug factory.
- 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 SotoSanchez's mistress.
- Domestic Abuse: Whipped by Sanchez for cheating him.
- 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 ToroSanchez'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.
- Psycho for Hire: To the point that he was fired by the Contras, who are themselves no angels, according to Pam.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: It's strongly implied that he raped Leiter's wife before killing her.Leiter: Where's my wife?Dario: Don't worry. We gave her a nice honeymooooon!
- Red Right Hand: He's got one metal tooth on his upper jaw.
- Slasher Smile: Especially when he says the "honeymoon" line.
- Older Hero vs. Younger Villain: Him Vs Bond. Del Toro was the youngest actor to be cast as a Bond henchman as he was 21 at the time of filming.
- Terrible Trio: With Perez and Braun.
Played by : Anthony ZerbeSanchez'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.
Played by: Don StroudSanchez'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.
- Double Agent: He was planning on sending back some stolen stinger missiles in exchange for immunity by the DEA.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: With a forklift.
- Only One Name: No first name given.
- The Mole: See Double Agent.
- Mook Lieutenant: Leads the Isthmus military, as witnessed in a strike against Kwang's base, uniform and all.
- Villainous Rescue: Saves Bond from the Hong Kong and British narcotics agents who kidnapped him to bring him back to the UK.
Played by: Anthony StarkeSanchez'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 McGillA DEA agent who was bribed by Sanchez to help him escape and betray Felix Leiter.
- Asshole Victim: Well, he did betray Leiter.
- Dirty Cop: Two million dollars was his thirty silver shekels.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Almost faints when Leiter is fed to the shark.
- Fed to the Beast: He is dropped into the same shark tank Leiter was dropped into.
- Karmic Death: See Fed to the Beast
- Only in It for the Money: He switched sides in a heartbeat after Sanchez offers $2 million.
Professor Joe Butcher
Played by: Wayne NewtonSanchez'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.
- Banana Republic: A clear analogue for Panama.
- Chest of Medals: As fitting The Generalissimo.
- The Generalissimo: Is basically a pastiche of every South American dictator over the last fifty years.
- Pornstache: Wears one.
- President for Life: As long as Sanchez approves, that is. Because Lopez is just a puppet and Sanchez is the real ruler of Isthmus.
- Real-Life Relative: His father Pedro Armendáriz Sr. played Ali Kerim Bey in From Russia with Love.
Played by: Frank McRaeA 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.
- Black Best Friend: To Leiter and Della.
- Expy: For Quarrel and Quarrel Jr.
- Meaningful Name: Knows a lot about sharks.
- Sacrificial Lion: After helping Bond board the Wavekrest, he is caught by one of Krest's men, killed and hung up like a shark. Bond takes revenge immediately by shooting the frogman who caught him with a harpoon gun.
Della Leiter, née Churchill
Played by: Priscilla BarnesThe 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.
- Woman in White: It's her wedding day after all.