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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Licence to Kill

This 1989 James Bond adventure was Timothy Dalton’s second and final outing. I liked it better than The Living Day Lights. Many 007 fans including myself argue the “Third times the charm “theory and say that each of the perspective actors who have played 007 have mastered the role in their third appearance as the Brtish secret agent. I agree with this adage. Goldfinger (1964.) The Spy who Loved Me (1977) and even The World is Not Enough were each of the actors’ best films. This film was fairly dark and mostly violent. The screenplay was written for Dalton style not Roger Moore. This is the first film where Bond is actually fired and truly takes revenge. This act of vengeance took place a full nineteen years before the Quantum of Solace (2008). Alas, the actual review. The storyline is sound and the setting familiar. The goal of Bond’s mission is that of revenge. This Bond film unlike other stories in the 23-film franchise is therefore simple. The Cast of this film is noteworthy. Robert Davi (Goonies) plays Sanchez the drug dealer turned murder that Bond is destined to destroy. Carey Lowell (Pam Douvier) is one of the few if not only actress to have a post 007 career. She played the Assistant district Attorney in NB’s Law and Order from 1998 till 2001. Oh yea, she is also married to Richard Gere. Benicio Del Toro has a small but important career as one of the killers out to Stop Bond and the lady CIA agent. Del Toro later went star in such memorable films as Traffic and The Usual Suspects. Be sure and check out Wayne Newton. He more or less portrays himself in a slightly off Las Vegas Casino. Grade A

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Hi Matthew,

Thank you for the time and effort you put into this piece, especially on a Saturday morning. I can tell you definitely took good notes of everything that was going on during the event!

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Ten Most pathetic movie stars that still have careers.

(In A - B -C Order)

1. Hayden Christensen

2. Tom Crusie

3. Kevin Costner

4. Keeanu Reeves

5. Denise Richards

6. Adam Sandler

7. Arnold Schwarzenegger

8. William Shatner

9. Sylvester Stalloan

10. John Claude Van dahm