Trivia / Licence to Kill

Trivia tropes:

  • Breakaway Pop Hit: The closing theme "If You Asked Me To", sung by Patti LaBelle, which was later covered by CÚline Dion, becoming one of her first English-language hits.
  • Contest Winner Cameo: One of the extras during the wedding is Sandi Sentell, a gym teacher from Atlanta, Georgia, who won a MTV/VH-1 competition to appear in the film.
  • Deleted Scene: Several:
    • Sharkey arriving at Leiter's house.
    • Bond and Sharkey observing the Wave Krest and Bond recognising Lupe.
    • Bond hiring the boat he uses to go to the Barrelhead.
    • Bond's arrival in Isthmus, where Pam fills him on Truman Lodge and Col. Heller's backgrounds (the former is wanted for insider dealing on Wall Street and the latter is a disgraced Green Berets colonel). Meanwhile, M's agent is watching them.
    • Bond narrowly avoids running into Sanchez at the Banquo de Isthmus.
    • Bond in his hotel room watching Sanchez on television.
    • Bond returning to the casino to meet Pam.
    • A short scene between Bond and Lupe following the boat ride.
  • Genius Bonus: Bond makes a quip when introducing Q to Pam. "Pam, this is Q, my uncle. This is Pam, my cousin." In the actual SIS, "cousins" is a term for the CIA.
  • Jossed: Until this movie, fans tended to assume "Felix Leiter" was just a codename assigned to whoever Bond's CIA contact was, given his tendency to be played by a different actor in every movie. Such fans, presumably, never read the books.
  • Method Acting: Robert Davi stayed in character even when the cameras weren't rolling.
  • The Other Darrin: In a weird example of this trope, actor John Terry, who had played Felix Leiter in the previous film The Living Daylights was replaced by David Hedison - who had played Leiter all the way back in Live and Let Die. It was felt that an actor who had previously played the role should be in this one, for a better emotional reaction to what happens to him.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Wayne Newton got the role of Professor Joe Butcher after sending a letter to the producers expressing interest in a cameo because he always wanted to be in a Bond film.
  • Reality Subtext: Kind of inverted when Sanchez's actor, Robert Davi was taken by a number of thugs while on vacation in South America to an actual drug lord. The man enjoyed his portrayal of a drug lord.
  • Throw It In:
    • Robert Davi improvised the line where Sanchez tells Killifer, "Loyalty is more important to me than money."
    • Also the shot of Q throwing the rake-radio into the bushes was simply Desmond Llewellyn putting it out of shot for the next scene, however the sight of Q abusing a gadget the way he always complains about Bond doing was too good to lose.
  • Troubled Production: The film was hit by a writer's strike, tax issues meaning it was unaffordable to film in the UK and severe heat while filming in Mexico.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Had the film come out in October and been successful, the studio would probably have had faith enough in Dalton to greenlight a third Dalton Bond movie called Property of a Lady. Plans for one existed however, but 'legal issues' prevented it from ever being made.
    • The film had beautiful poster art designed when it was still known as Licence Revoked. The name change meant that the posters had to be scrapped.
    • The film was originally set in China and had such setpieces as a fight in a museum and a chase along the Great Wall. However, following ''The Last Emperor, the novelty of filming there had worn off.
    • Eric Clapton was asked to write and perform the theme song. He and Vic Flick, who had played lead guitar on Monty Norman's original 007 theme, produced a theme to match Timothy Dalton's gritty performance, but the producers turned it down.
    • John Rhys-Davies was offered a cameo role as General Pushkin but declined the offer, as he was filming Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
    • Gene Simmons was allegedly offered a role, but due to commitments with KISS, he declined.

Miscellaneous trivia:

  • Isthmus City president Hector Lopez was played by Pedro Armendariz, Jr., whose father, Pedro Armendariz, Sr., played Kerim Bey in From Russia with Love.
  • The Chinese ninja woman who also appears during the opening credit sequence is Diana Lee Hsu, May 1988 Centerfold of Playboy. She is part of a tradition of having an actress in a Bond movie to model in Playboy, although she's the first to have been a Centerfold before making the movie. She also appears in Maurice Binder's photography-themed opening sequence.
  • Carey Lowell and Talisa Soto both declined to appear in Playboy.
  • This was the final film where Maurice Binder designed the opening title sequence, as he passed away in 1991. He had done every title sequence for the series up to this point, save for From Russia with Love and Goldfinger, and was succeeded by Daniel Kleinman in GoldenEye.
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