The Licence to Kill Cast
Talisa Soto as Lupe Lamora
Anthony Zerbe as Milton Krest
Benicio del Toro as Dario
Frank McRae as Sharkey
Everett McGill as Ed Killifer
Desmond Llewelyn as Q
Robert Brown as M
Caroline Bliss as Miss Moneypenny
The Cast of Licence to Kill
Ah, Licence to Kill and it’s wonderful cast. This Bond caper is unforgettable, even if it didn’t break the box office in quite the same way as Dalton’s opening salvo. Perhaps the film’s 15 rating and the whimsical title change for our American friends didn’t help.
At the helm, Timothy Dalton donned the tux for only his second but ultimately his swansong as 007 – a man aflame with personal vendettas after a devastating attack on his dear friend Felix Leiter’s spouse.
Dalton, giving a deja vu of his earlier turn in The Living Daylights, elevates Bond to a level where it feels almost Shakespearean. Our dapper agent, renouncing MI6’s call, goes off the grid to ensure Franz Sanchez gets his just deserts. And oh, Dalton’s stunt work? Majestic.
But let’s chat about Bond’s tiff with Pam Bouvier, a CIA informant. Their interactions? Less Mr. & Mrs. Smith and more a War of the Roses. A headstrong Bond, sometimes bordering on pouty, is an interesting look.
When Dalton was critiqued for diving deep into Bond’s psyche – think a bit Brando, a bit Burton – many cried foul. Fast forward a few years, Daniel Craig‘s Bond had a similar depth. So, Dalton – a trendsetter? Perhaps.
Robert Davi, of Die Hard fame, embraced villainy as the monstrous drug lord, Franz Sanchez. Cold, calculating, terrifying – Davi’s no-nonsense take was pure cinematic gold.
Carey Lowell, our CIA pilot, rejects the damsel-in-distress trope with a fiery performance as Bouvier. Hers and Bond’s delicious tango injects a delightful cocktail of chuckles and a sprinkling of down-to-earth charm.
This added with a blend of Lupe Lamora, and we have a love triangle at times. Played by the stunning Talisa Soto, she doesn’t just add a touch of romance but also stirs in some unexpected chuckles. It’s a love affair with a wink and a nod, adding a layer of levity to the pot.
Watch a Timothy Dalton interview discussing Licence to Kill
Anthony Zerbe’s arms dealer, Milton Krest? Chilling and oddly comic. A memorable, if grisly, exit courtesy of a decompression chamber lends a macabre touch. Echoes of Dr. Kananga’s demise in Live and Let Die here, but with tech advancements making it all the more gruesome.
Everett McGill played the dubious DEA Agent Ed Killifer, and what a turn. Slipping between suave and sinister, McGill’s Killifer is bought off by the icy Sanchez, spiraling events that lead to the harrowing fate of dear Felix Leiter and his spouse.
McGill, with a flourish, captures the essence of a cop who’s lost his compass, walking the thin line of treachery. And that end? A dip in a shark tank, courtesy of Bond – as chilling as it gets. Drama, served on ice.
A fledgling Benicio del Toro appears as the not-so-threatening Dario, although hinting at the great actor he’d become. Chicago Bears’ Frank McRae offers a nod to John Kitzmiller‘s Quarrel from Dr No, while Everett McGill nails the treacherous DEA Agent Ed Killifer, meeting his end in a Jaws-inspired twist.
David Hedison’s turn as Felix Leiter is one for the books. With Leiter facing a nightmarish maiming in a shark pool and the unspeakable ordeal of his wife on their wedding night, it lights a fire under Bond, transforming a spy’s jaunt into a deeply-felt vendetta.
Desmond Llewelyn, our evergreen Q, is given more than just a cameo. Decked with gadgets, he plays field support in a brilliant change of pace. And Robert Brown’s M? Stern, yet showing a soft corner for the rebellious Bond.
Caroline Bliss’s Miss Moneypenny is back, and although the role’s succinctness is reminiscent of a cameo, she brings that delightful cheek we so love. She, along with many others, deftly adds layers to the Licence to Kill cast.
In all, Licence to Kill is an ensemble triumph. Each actor, embracing their roles with fervour and finesse, spins a Bond yarn that stands tall in the storied 007 canon. Dalton’s intense Bond, Lowell and Soto’s feisty tussle for Bond’s affections, and of course Davi’s menacing Sanchez – the film is a rollicking showcase of pure talent. Cheers!
Watch the official trailer for Licence to Kill
Other members of the Licence to Kill Cast and Crew
- Timothy Dalton –
- Carey Lowell – Pam Bouvier
- Robert Davi – Franz Sanchez
- Talisa Soto – Lupe Lamora
- Benicio Del Toro – Dario
- David Hedison – Felix Leiter
- Desmond Llewelyn – Q
- Caroline Bliss – Miss Moneypenny
- Anthony Zerbe – Milton Krest
- Priscilla Barnes – Della Churchill
- Frank McRae – Sharkey
- Wayne Newton – Professor Joe Butcher
- Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa – Kwang
- Everett McGill – Ed Killifer
- Robert Brown – M
- Jeannine Bisignano – Stripper
- Anthony Starke – Truman-Lodge
- Grand L. Bush – Hawkins
- Alejandro Bracho – Perez
- Pedro Armendáriz Jr. – Hector Lopez
- Diana Lee – Loti
- Don Stroud – Heller
- Christopher Neame – Fallon
- Cynthia Fallon – Consuelo
- Teresa Blake – Ticket Agent
- Edna Bolkan – Barrelhead Waitress
- Roger Cudney – Wavekrest Captain
- Stuart Quan – Ninja
- Sergio Corona – Bellboy
- Humberto Elizondo – Hotel Assistant Manager
- Claudio Brook – Montelongo
- Rafer Johnson – Mullens
- Jorge Russek – Pit Boss
- Enrique Novi – Rasmussen
- Carl Ciarfalio – Warehouse Guard #2
- Juan Pelaez – Casino Manager
- Jeff Moldovan – Warehouse Guard #1
- Honorato Magaloni – Chief Chemist
- Guy De Saint Cyr – Braun
- Fidel Garriga – Sanchez’s Driver
- Bob Martinez – Customs officer
- Robert Duvall –
- Pedro Armendáriz –
- Boris Tokarev –
- Rémy Julienne –
- Simon Crane –
- Aleksandr Gruzdev –
Who directed Licence to Kill?
Licence to Kill was directed by John Glen.
Who produced Licence to Kill?
Licence to Kill was produced by Albert R. Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson.
Who wrote the screenplay for Licence to Kill?
The screenplay for Licence to Kill was written by Michael G. Wilson and Richard Maibaum.
Who handled the cinematography for the film?
The cinematography for Licence to Kill was done by Alec Mills.
Who edited Licence to Kill?
Licence to Kill was edited by John Grover.
Who composed the music for Licence to Kill?
The music for Licence to Kill was composed by Michael Kamen.
Who performed the Bond theme for Licence to Kill?
The Bond theme for Licence to Kill was performed by Gladys Knight.
When was Licence to Kill released?
Licence to Kill had its World Premiere on 13 June 1989, released in the UK on 10 July 1989, and in the USA on 14 July 1989.
What was the budget for Licence to Kill?
The budget for Licence to Kill was $32 million.
How much did Licence to Kill earn at the box office?
Licence to Kill grossed $156.1 million at the box office.