Director: John Glen
Stars: Timothy Dalton, Robert Davi, Carey Lowell
Plot: Shortly after an important drug bust, CIA agent Felix Leiter gets married, but when the drug lord he arrested escapes and kills his wife and mutilates Leiter his old friend British agent James Bond seeks revenge. When "M" orders 007 to drop the matter and start a new assignment, Bond deserts Her Majesty's Secret Service and embarks on a world wide personal vendetta to kill those responsible.
Timothy Dalton admitted that his Bond was not allowed to have as much sex due to the AIDS epidemic at the time.
Of all the Bond films, this one has the largest role for Desmond Llewelyn as Q.
At 21 years old, Benicio Del Toro is the youngest actor to ever play a villain in a James Bond film.
Despite being one of the least commercially successful Bond movies in the United States, it was considered by director John Glen his best "007". This opinion is shared by some fans and critics who praise the realism of Licence to Kill (1989).
Budget restraints were imposed as the producers were still paying interest on the overspending of Moonraker (1979).
The scene where Bond resigns from the MI6 was shot at Ernest Hemingway's house in Key West. That's why when M (Robert Brown) informs 007 that his licence to kill is revoked, he replies, "I guess this is a farewell to arms," a nod to one of Hemingway's most famous novels.
According to Michael G. Wilson, that really is Timothy Dalton running from the exploding tanker and not a stunt double.
Carey Lowell said that she shut her eyes and flinched every time she fired the gun and had to be trained to fire with her eyes open because a CIA op would not flinch. However, she still winces a bit whenever she fires the handgun.
The film was originally to be set in China but production difficulties became insurmountable. Scriptwriters Richard Maibaum and Michael G. Wilson wrote two treatments set around drugs in the Golden Triangle with the villain being a Drug Warlord of the region. Ideas for the film included a motor cycle chase along the Great Wall of China and a fight sequence in the recently discovered museum of ancient terracotta statues at Xian. When the Chinese Government made a number restrictive demands such as veto rights over the script, the viability of the location fell through. Also, John Glen felt that The Last Emperor (1987) had removed some of the novelty from filming in China.
The project was originally entitled "Licence Revoked" and teaser artwork was produced with this title. However the producers found that to most people in the USA "license revoked" denotes losing one's driving privileges.
This was the first Bond film to score a PG-13 rating due to its violent content.
The note Bond finds - "He disagreed with something that ate him" - is from the novel Live and Let Die. David Hedison, who plays Felix in this film, made his only other appearance as Felix in the film Live and Let Die (1973), as the only actor until Jeffrey Wright to portray the character in two Bond films.
During one of the takes of Bond and Leiter's parachute jump, a malfunction of the harness equipment caused David Hedison to fall on the pavement. The injury made him limp for the remainder of filming.
Carey Lowell wore a wig for the scenes set in the United States, a scene where Bouvier cuts her hair was added so Lowell's natural short hair could be used.
To portray Sanchez, Robert Davi researched on the Colombian drug cartels and how to do a Colombian accent, and since he was method acting, he would stay in character off-set. After Davi read "Casino Royale" for preparation, he decided to turn Sanchez into a "mirror image" of James Bond, based on Ian Fleming's descriptions of Le Chiffre.
Pam's "I haven't heard that one in a long time" quip about Bond mentioning their escape boat has run out of fuel is most likely a reference to Bond and Honey Rider's similar predicament at the end of Dr. No (1962).
During the scene where James Bond is hanging by a hook over the cocaine grinder, Benicio Del Toro's character is cutting him loose. During filming he actually cut Timothy Dalton's hand and the scene had to be stopped so he could be stitched up.
In a scene where James Bond leaves his CIA friend's wedding with a little sadness, Felix Leiter tells his newly wedded wife Della, "He was married once and it was a long time ago." That occurred in the end of On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969).
The casting of Carey Lowell raised a few eyebrows, as her most recent film had been the oddball comedy Me and Him (1988) about a talking penis
Extras during the wedding scene include Doug Redenius, a postman from Chicago, Illinois who owns one of the largest collections of Bond memorabilia, Sandi Sentell, a gym teacher from Atlanta, Georgia, who won a MTV/ VH1 competition to appear in the film