These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
YMMV: Licence to Kill
Angst? What Angst?: Felix Leiter turns up at the end of the film, and is remarkably chipper for a man who lost his wife to a murderer and his leg to a shark.
Base Breaker: It's fair to say that Pam Bouvier is one of the less popular Bond Girls. Pam does get points for being one of the few Bond girls as capable as he is, and one of the very few who never needed to be rescued. Plus, their scene at the end rivals the The Living Daylights in WAFF.
Complete Monster: Franz Sanchez is probably one of the most vicious and cruel of all Bond villains (along with Max Zorin)- he kills one of his henchmen just because he thinks he had stolen his money, by explosive decompression. He also feeds Leiter to a shark and murders his innocent new wife (who it's implied was raped beforehand), whips his girlfriend for leaving him and has her new lover's heart cut out, and threatens to shoot down American airliners if the DEA doesn't butt out of his drug dealing business.
Contested Sequel: Critical opinion of the film was divided when it came out and is still divided now. Notably, fans of the novels hold both of Dalton's films in high regard.
Evil Is Sexy: Dario, by virtue of being played by Benicio del Toro (who was 21 at the time and remains the youngest Bond villain in the series). He's not as sexualized as Necros from The Living Daylights, but still has a... killer smile.
Magnificent Bastard: Bond's plan to systematically dismantle Sanchez's Empire before destroying him is particularly cruel. He then sets Sanchez on fire with the lighter Felix's bride gave him at the wedding. Seconds later, Sanchez's aimless, agonized running took him into the wreck of a crashed and leaking gasoline tanker, blowing it up and him along with it..
Sanchez himself would probably qualify in a world where he did not piss off James Bond- he has "an invisible empire from Chile to Alaska" and is ready to expand; he is the de facto ruler of a Banana Republic due to bribing and intimidating its dictator; he keeps his For the Lulz attitude even in the face of a 1000 year jail term because he knows he'll escape in less than a day; casually hands out $1-2m bribes....really, if Bond hadn't made him so paranoid and ended up killing him, he'd probably have ended up the most succesful crime lord in history, even considering that some of that paranoia turned out to be justified.
Misaimed Fandom: Shortly after the movie's release, Robert Davi, who played Sanchez, was taken to see an actual drug lord in South America. Apparently, he loved his portrayal of Sanchez.
Narm: "Don't worry. We gave her a nice honeymooooooooon."
"I love James, so much." Possibly lampshaded by Pam when she repeats it in a mocking tone.
The scene where Bond is captured... by ninjas. It honestly feels like a scene lifted from one of the campier Roger Moore films.
Special Effects Failure: The maggots in Krest's marine lab are obviously white rubber fishing lures, complete with long flat tails.
Vindicated by History: At the time it came out, it was initially considered a disappointment, partly from competition with Lethal Weapon and Tim Burton's Batman but especially from comparisons to the Bond films that had preceded it, mainly due to Roger Moore's soft take on he role. This, combined with legal issues over the franchise, ensured that another Bond film would not be made for six years, and that Timothy Dalton would not return to the lead role. License to Kill has since been re-evaluated as among the best installments in the franchise.
What an Idiot: Killifer is dangling above a Shark Pool, and he desperately offers to split his payoff with Bond if he helps him. However, Killifer's in no position to be making such offers, as Bond could easily: A.) Take the cash and leave Killifer dangling. B.)Not take the cash, though still leave him dangling. What seals the deal, though, is that the cash is blood money, used to maim Bond's best friend and murder a bride-to-be. Therefore, since this is a pissed-off Bond, he: C.) Throws the cash at Killifer, making him fall in and become shark bait.