LICENCE TO KILL
1989, MGM/Park Circus, 133 min, UK, Dir: John Glen

On his way to CIA friend Felix Leiter's wedding, James Bond is pulled into a mission that leaves Leiter injured and his bride dead. Bond vows revenge on the drug lord responsible, tracking him to Central America even after M has revoked his license to kill. One of the darker and more violent entries in the series, this film was the last with Timothy Dalton as Agent 007. It also was the last produced by franchise co-creator Albert “Cubby” Broccoli (though he would later consult on GOLDENEYE), and the final Bond film from screenwriter Richard Maibaum and title designer Maurice Binder. With Carey Lowell, Robert Davi, Wayne Newton (as a televangelist) and a young Benicio Del Toro.


THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS
1987, MGM/Park Circus, 130 min, UK, Dir: John Glen

James Bond (Timothy Dalton) first encounters the lovely Kara Milovy (Maryam d'Abo) at a concert hall in Bratislava. Bond is there to bring a KGB defector back to Britain while she is there to play the cello - or so it initially appears. The KGB general, too, is not what he seems, and 007 soon finds himself entangled in assassinations, arms deals and Afghanistan's mujahideen in this gritty Cold War thriller. Dalton's first film as the oft-shaken-but-never-stirred spy, THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS also served as the swan song for longtime Bond composer John Barry. With Joe Don Baker and John Rhys-Davies.


A VIEW TO A KILL
1985, MGM/Park Circus, 131 min, UK, Dir: John Glen

In the final film in the franchise to star Roger Moore, Agent 007 goes up against wealthy industrialist and horse racer Max Zorin, who plans to corner the market on microchips by destroying Silicon Valley. Given the story's setting, Bond gets to do a bit of San Francisco sightseeing - some of it while dangling from an airship! A VIEW TO A KILL features some of the best bad guys of the entire series, with Christopher Walken as the steroid-crazed Zorin and Grace Jones as his lethal assistant May Day. Imposing as those villains are, Bond has some pretty experienced operatives in his corner, among them Patrick Macnee (John Steed from TV's “The Avengers”) and Lois Maxwell (in her final appearance as Miss Moneypenny).


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