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The James Bond Movies

Licence to Kill

Released: June 13, 1989

  Timothy Dalton as James Bond
  Carey Lowell as Pam Bouvier
  Robert Davi as Franz Sanchez
  Talisa Soto as Lupe Lamora

Directed by: John Glen

Running Time: 133 minutes

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Licence to Kill Ultimate Edition DVD

  • First Bond film rated PG-13

  • First returning Felix Leiter (David Heidson played Felix in Live and Let Die)

  • First time Felix Leiter is married

  • First time Felix Leiter is injured

  • First movie in which Bond and Moneypenny do NOT appear together

  • First time Bond M accepts Bond's registration from Her Majesty's Secret Service

  • First film not to take a Fleming title

  • First film to have a second generation Bond actor (Pedro Armendariz, Jr. is the son of Ali Kerim Bey in From Russia With Love)

  • First time the singer of the opening song is not credited in the opening. Gladys Knight was listed in the closing credits only.

  • First time Bond wears blue jeans

  • First use of a CD-ROM device

  • First movie to be filmed with Spectral Recording Dolby Stereo

  • First time where a Latin American drug lord is portrayed in a Bond film

  • First appearance of drug cartels

  • First (and only time) 007 goes to the Hemmingway House in Key West, Florida

  • First time an airplane is towed by a helicopter

  • First time 007 water-skis barefooted, behind a seaplane

  • First time 007 mutilates a shipment of contraband (cocaine)

  • First time 007 has custody of stolen drug money ($5 million)

  • First chase scene involving 18-wheelers

  • First chase scene involving oil-tankers

  • First time undercover narcotics agents are seen in a Bond film (Hong Kong, U.S. DEA)

  • First time 007 goes on a rogue mission

  • First time 007 has his "license to kill" revoked by M

  • First time 007 jumps into a swimming pool

  • First time 007 uses a signature gun

  • First time a villain beats a woman

  • First time 007 sees a woman with scars on her back

  • First time Felix Leiter is widowed

  • First time 007 drives a Lincoln Continental Mark VII coupe

  • First time 007 kills someone doused with gasoline (Sanchez)

  • First time 007 uses a cigarette lighter to kill someone

  • First time a Jeep is crushed by an 18-wheeler

  • First time an 18-wheeler does a wheelie (similar to the Mustang in Diamonds are Forever)

  • First time a henchman spits in 007's face (Dario)

  • First time someone gets their heart taken out by the villain (or by anyone for that matter)

  • First time Bond plays blackjack

  • First and only Bond movie to have a Surgeon General's warning. Near the beginning of the closing credits, there is a box featuring the same warning that is on a pack of cigarettes.


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