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License to Kill Movie Review

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Timothy Dalton's second Bond movie, after the good but not super The Living Daylights, and his last, is License to Kill. Whether at the time he knew it would be his last Bond film or not, License to Kill is one great way to leave. Probably the darkest of all Bond films, without any motive other than revenge, License to Kill is probably one of the least complicated but one of the most exciting Bond films.

Dalton plays a much darker Bond, certainly since his longtime friend is murdered in the beginning. Throughout the movie, more deaths occur, making License to Kill the most gruesome and most depressing Bond film to date.

As the longest running movie series in film history, James Bond has been featured in several different kinds of stories with different moods, different directors, and different casts (except for Q). Some have been cheesy, some have been fighting, and Dalton's License to Kill is grisly. Every series needs its variation, and Dalton's Bond gives the series just that.

Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.

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