Skip to comments.The James Bond Chronicles: Dalton, Davi Wasted in 'Licence to Kill'
Posted on 09/08/2012 7:39:50 PM PDT by Perdogg
Somewhere, somehow, something went very wrong with the second and final James Bond entry for Timothy Dalton.
It certainly isnt his fault, as he did the best he could. Some sources point to the fact that there was a writers strike on that affected the script. That would explain a lot, but not all.
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Could have been better...much better. Unfortunately, Dalton was no more because of the Thunderball affair 30 years earlier, a lawsuit based on the Thunderball issue prevented his third movie.
you’ve got to be kidding me...this guy gives “You Only Live Twice”, “Live and Let Die” and “Moonraker” one star??? Youn Only Live Twice was fantastic...
btw- Davi is a HUGE conservative....
> a lawsuit based on the Thunderball issue prevented his third movie.
As a result, McClory tried to ink a deal with Sony for a TV series claiming he had rights to the “James Bond” Franchise. This ended up in court between UA and Sony and tied up the movie franchise until 1994 when a judge tossed the case by McClory and Sony.
James Bond came on the seen when I was in high school, early 60s. I was a really big fan.
I am now reliving it as my G-Sat here in the Philippines is
running all of the Bond movies.
I just finished watching Octopussy. Many more will be on tonight.
Just this week I have seen “The Man With the Golden Gun”., Goldfinger, and “You Only Live Twice”.
I had a small part in that film. I played “Squishy”, the guy with the sweaty feet.
Most certainly....:golf clap:
I thought of it as shades of “Miami Vice”, and I was a MV fan. Still, the review does point up the flaws in this film (and it does, oddly, not quite feel like a JB film, and it is missing John Barry’s touch). I had been a frequent moviegoer to see the JB films (at least since ‘81 with FYEO), but this would be the first film in 8 years that I never saw in the theater (and it would be 8 years from TLD until GE that I would see the next one).
It’s a damn shame they got mired in that lawsuit and cost us at least 2, perhaps 3, more films with Dalton in the process. He certainly deserved better (and after seeing his 2 successors, so did we). I personally think Robert Davi was the last “great” male villain to date (the rest have been largely forgettable... so much so, I don’t even remember who the villain was in “Quantum”). A little interesting thing I noticed was that Davi’s fellow FBI agent by the same name in “Die Hard”, Grand Bush, was also in LTK (although is it just me, or would his name have made a fine femme fatale ?). ;-)
The two main women, Carey Lowell and Talisa Soto, were quite lovely (although I like Carey with longer hair, especially when she wore the wig). I did find it hard to take Priscilla Barnes seriously, half expecting John Ritter (her “Three’s Company” co-star) to come flying into the scene. It was nice to see David Hedison again playing Felix Leiter, but the problem is that he was too old to be in the role (he is the same age as Roger Moore), for someone supposedly at or around Bond’s age. Too bad it was a different production company, but I rather liked Bernie Casey’s Leiter in NSNA, the first “Black” Leiter, but done in such a way that it didn’t feel PC, and he had good chemistry with Connery.
It did help that it had good supporting players, from Frank McRae, Anthony Zerbe and a very young Benicio del Toro, and yes, Wayne Newton probably gave his best performance ever in this film... bless his heart.
Ultimately, though, as was pointed out, the script probably could’ve been improved and the kinks worked out here and there, but I’d still give it 3 out of 4 stars.
I believe Dalton was second choice Brosnan could not get out of contract with his tv show remington steele,once his contract was up they dumped Dalton and went with Brosnan..
Yes, I know. I’m glad we weren’t saddled with two more Pirs Bonbons farces. The insufferable smugness broke the Rog Moore scale something fierce, and to the point of near-complete caricature.
My all time favorite Bond movie is “Thunderball”.
Truck chase was a new twist and good debut for Benecio Del Toro. Not in my top 15 bond list.
After the franchise signed on Dalton as Bond I really thought they had finally found the right guy. I was very surprised he lasted only two movies. I couldn’t make sense of it at the time. I think Craig makes a good Bond, and I hope he makes a pile of Bond movies, as long as the producers don’t go back to the comic book scripts they gave Roger Moore and Pierce Brosnan. By the way, who’s the head honcho these days now that Cubby is gone?
This was the best of Dalton's two 007 pics IMO. Carey Lowell looked GREAT. I enjoyed seeing Q out in the field in an extended role.
Robert Davi - Republican. Italian. Nothing else needed to say.
Wayne Newton DID give his best performance ever in this film.
Nice call on the Bernie Casey Leiter. NSNA is a very enjoyable film.
See my post 13 for explanation on Dalton..Craig has signed up for 2 more Bonds getting 30 million...
Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson are the big shots Michael is a stepson has written some of the screenplays and has made cameos in the last six or seven Bond movies..
Is there anybody besides me who thinks that George Soros is “Goldfinger?”
Nice call, although Goldfinger has a little charm about him.
Ernst Stavros Blofeld.
I love LTK, one of my favorites. I can’t think of any element in it that I didn’t like.
The planned third Dalton movie (rumored “Property of Lady”) I read would have featured a fembot (...), so perhaps it was good it wasn’t made. I wish he’d have done Goldeneye though.
Check out the video very well done....
I concur! TY for the ping.
Take that a step back: What if TD had accepted the role of Bond after Connery left?
Starting with OHMSS ? He was a bit young, but he probably could’ve pulled it off. Whether he’d have wanted to play the role for 20-25 years is another story.
He would have been kinda young,i believe he would have still been in his 20’s
“Starting with OHMSS ?”
Supposedly. I read it somewhere.
“He was a bit young, but he probably couldve pulled it off.”
“Whether hed have wanted to play the role for 20-25 years is another story.”
He could have done that too.
He could have done it; he would have been fine!
Yep but he was a unknown Moore got the job because of him in the tv series “The Saint” already was a kinda sex symbol..
Dalton only got it because Brosnans show “Remington Steele” was being cancelled and Cubby said they are looking at Brosnan to do the next Bond movies.
All the publicity ABC decided to make another season of Remington Steele which bombed..The minute Brosnan was available they dumped Dalton..
BTW i like him as Bond they took Bond in a different direction..
Now if you wanna know why they picked Craig watch Layer Cake,while watching movie with wifey i said “Honey thats the next JB”..
Great timeline GSP!
Dude, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Layer Cake; one of my top 50 movies of all time!!!
Interesting. Thanks for posting.
The layer cake books are different he does not maybe die and he moves to South America and starts off a new life..
Check out Snatch and Lock Stop and Two Smoking Barrels and my fav Rocknrolla
The dude who made those movies had the Layer cake dude as producer,layer cake was his first movie....
Check out Kick ass..
Are you screwing with me? I f’n LOVE all those flicks, bro! I hope there is a sequel to RocknRolla!!!
The film Layer Cake leaves it open as to whether ‘X’ dies. Why do they keep his name a secret?
Great taste in flicks! :)
My name? If you knew that, you’d be as clever as me.
In the first book he got shot in a diner 3 times with a 22 and survived only to awaken to a Mi6 agent telling him your time is over get out and don’t come back.
In second book “Viva La Madness he moves to South America where he has some property,soon runs out of money but Morty arrives..
Still does not have a name..
“Still does not have a name..”
Gotta love Morty.
Btw they filmed it Morty kicking a soccer ball.LOL
George Harris...also had roles in two of my other favorite flicks:
The Dogs of War
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Think they’ll make a Viva La Madness movie?
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