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Licence to Kill

Licence to Kill is a Spy film with a space connection which was released in 1989 and is directed by John Glen. The film's theme tune is 'Licence to Kill' and was sung by Gladys Knight.

Its Felix Leiter's wedding but as they are going to church, Felix gets a call from his friends at the D.E.A. (Drugs Enforcement Agency) to say that drug baron Franz Sanchez has been sighted in the Keys. James and Felix assist in the capture of the drug baron then parachute down to the wedding. Franz was in the Keys to capture Lupe Lamora, his girlfriend who had gone astray.

Franz Sanchez is sprung from prison with the help of Ed Killifer, a rogue D.E.A. who did it for the money. Franz goes after Felix for revenge, Franz kills Leiter's wife and feeds Felix to a shark,

James Bond disobeys M and becomes involved. James searches Felix's office and finds the name of a contact, Pam Bouvier with whom bond rendezvous with whilst having to deal with Franz's right hand man Dario. James and Pam head down to Isthmus City where Franz is ruler.

Franz is using a gospel channel hosted by Prof. Joe Butcher to get his message out to his business contacts about the price of his cocaine.

The film was an attempt to take Bond into a harder, more realistic world which got it a higher than usual rating by the film board because Bond sets Franz alight at the end of the film. The title should be Licence to Kill rather than License to Kill as the former is British way of spelling the word which is where James Bond heralds from. There might be variations but it should in this context be Licence.


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