Licence to Kill

1989 PG-13 2h 14m Blu-ray / DVD

Licence to Kill

1989 PG-13 2h 14m Blu-ray / DVD
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This time it's personal as James Bond -- stripped of his license to kill -- embarks on a one-man, unauthorized mission of vengeance when notorious Colombian drug lord Franz Sanchez leaves 007's newly married friend for dead.
Timothy Dalton, Carey Lowell, Robert Davi, Talisa Soto, Anthony Zerbe, Frank McRae, David Hedison, Wayne Newton, Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Starke, Priscilla Barnes
John Glen
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English, French
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, English: DTS 5.1 HD, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers. PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Licence to Kill is the 16th James Bond movie and the second -- and last -- with actor Timothy Dalton in the lead role. The producers were trying for a "darker" look and feel here, going for a PG-13 rating with stronger language and violence. More blood is shown, and there are more deaths. Language includes "s--t," "bastard," "ass," and "hell." Bond kisses and sleeps with two women, though no nudity is shown; those opening titles still feature alluring silhouettes in which the women look naked. The bad guy this time is a drug dealer, and there are many references to cocaine as well as many characters drinking and some smoking. The movie is not one of the best, but at the time it was seen as a drastic improvement over the Roger Moore movies, and it's still considered a fan favorite. It will be one of the movies that teen Bond fans will go to first.

Sexual Content

Bond kisses and sleeps with two women. Nothing sensitive is shown. The usual opening title sequence features women in silhouette that look like they could be naked. Dancing girls are shown in a sleazy bar, though they are somewhat clothed (nothing sensitive is shown). A female spy flirts with a bad guy, goes into his bedroom, and lies down on his bed with him. "Girlie" pictures are briefly seen in the cab of a big rig.


This Bond movie has more violence and more blood than any of the movies before it. Characters are shot and killed. A woman is whipped on her back after being caught in bed with another man (it leaves a scar). Men are killed in a shark tank, with blood billowing through the water. Supporting characters die. There are spectacular stunts, such as men falling from an airplane in flight. A man dies by biting on a cyanide capsule. A man dies in an airlock (his face inflates and explodes). A bad guy gets killed in the gears of a factory, with spraying blood. There's a car chase, with villains on fire, and explosions. Ninjas attack.


Language is much stronger in this Bond movie than in earlier entries. "S--t," "bulls--t," "bastard," "hell," "Goddamn," "scumbag," "ass," "cojones," and "piss," are used.

Social Behavior

James Bond may be a good guy and may have saved the world, but he seduces women, drinks alcohol, doesn't seem to care much about destroying property, and never really learns any lessons. The plot of this movie is based on personal revenge, rather than saving the world. Normally, he has a license to kill and can leave dead bodies in his wake with no consequences, but in this film, his license is revoked, and he kills anyway. Women are generally treated as objects, helpless and powerless.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

The plot involves an international drug dealer who devises a way to dissolve cocaine in gasoline. Packages of cocaine are opened underwater, with white clouds billowing through the water. Bond orders a martini, but his girlfriend drinks it. The bad guy drinks a shot. A woman accuses an aggressive man of being drunk. Characters smoke. Q takes a shot of alcohol.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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