Licence to Kill

Trivia: This was Timothy Dalton's second and last appearance as James Bond. He initially agreed to play Bond for a third time in "GoldenEye" (1995) but resigned from the role in 1994, believing that too much time had passed since "Licence to Kill".

Trivia: When Sanchez is chasing Bond in the trucks, when he starts to shoot Bond with the Uzi, listen to the ricochet off the bullets. They sound like the James Bond theme tune.

Trivia: 'Licence To Kill' was originally titled "Licence Revoked". (You can see on the DVD Special Features a copy of the script with this title). The title was changed at the insistence of MGM, who claimed audiences would not understand what the word "revoked" meant.

Trivia: Not really a mistake, because it's said by a desperate man, but it amused me. Bond's got the DEA traitor hanging over a shark, and the only way the traitor can escape is with Bond's help. He says to Bond "there's 2 million dollars in that suitcase - I'll split it with you". How stupid does he think Bond is? James can either rescue this bloke he obviously wants to kill and get $1 million, or he can let him die and keep all $2 million for himself. Let me think...

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Trivia: When Pam Bouvier is posing as Bond's personal assistant, he gives her the pseudonym of Miss Kennedy, a reference to the fact that former First Lady Jackie Kennedy's maiden name was Bouvier.

Trivia: 'Licence To Kill' is probably the most violent of all the Bond movies in the series. That's according the UK censors, the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC). Every Bond movie from "Dr. No" to "The Living Daylights" inclusive carried a "PG (Parental Guidance)" certificate for UK release. Every Bond movie since "GoldenEye" has carried a "12" certificate. But 'Licence To Kill' had a "15" certificate for its UK release. [Debateable, as the 12 certificate was only introduced with the release of Batman, which came out shortly afterwards, but still likely, as otherwise presumably this movie would have prompted the 12.]

Trivia: In the final driving action sequence in Rumorosa, Mexico, the road was actually closed off because of weird occurances. On the DVD Documentary of LTK, it even said that when Sanchez was exploding, a fiery hand was reaching out of the fire. Note: You can probably see this only on the Documentary Special Feature of Licence to Kill on DVD. But even I have to admit that it was pretty amazing.

Trivia: "License To Kill" was the last Bond film to see 007 smoking a cigarette.

Trivia: In the scene where Bond resigns from MI6 he says "Well this a farewell to arms." This a joke refering to the scene being shot at Hemingway House. A Farwell to Arms was one of Hemingway's books.

Trivia: One of the characters in this film is President Hector Lopez, named after the production supervisor in Mexico. Lopez was played by Pedro Armendariz Jr., whose father, Pedro Armendariz, played Kerim Bey in "From Russia with Love".

Trivia: Producer Michael G. Wilson's voice is heard in the pre-title sequence where he advises fellow DEA colleagues to contact Key West enforcement.

Trivia: When James Bond finds Felix Leiter injured at Leiter's house, there is a note on Felix which reads "He disagreed with something that ate him". This is a chapter title from the original Ian Fleming novel "Live and Let Die".

Trivia: While shooting the final scenes, one of the stinger missiles fired by Franz Sanchez actually hit a telephone repair man up a telephone pole two-and-a-half miles away.

Trivia: The rocket fired at the tanker whilst driving on its side was real (not explosive!), with no guide wires being used.

Trivia: The tanker trucks used in the film were highly modified Kenworth W900's. Many had specific modifications done so they could perform extraordinary feats, such as the wheelie Bond performs during the iconic chase scene. This truck had a highly modified rear suspension, steering brakes for additional control, engine modifications for more horsepower and counterweights on the rear frame to help lift the front end. The wheelie truck is the only known survivor of the films and currently resides at Mid-Florida Tech.

Trivia: White plastic fishing grubs were used as maggots for the scene at Krest's lab in Key West.

Trivia: Desmond Llewelyn ("Q") has more screen time in this film than any of the other Bond movies he appeared in.

Continuity mistake: In the scene on the plane you see Bond hanging at the door on the right side of the plane, in the next shot you see the plane making a left turn, in the following shot Bond is still hanging on the right-side door. Shouldn't he have fallen into the plane ?

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Franz Sanchez: In this business, there's a lot of cash. And a lot of people with their hands out.
Kwang: In a word... bribery.
Franz Sanchez: Exactly. He took the words right out of my pocket.

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Question: When Cary Lowell arrives at the religious compound run by Wayne Newton to "donate" money, they don't let her in at first. She begs and says "But I came all the way from Wichita Falls." Being from Wichita Falls, Texas (a city not real well known throughout the US since it's relatively small) I'm curious as to how this line got into the film. Does someone working on the film have some connection to Wichita Falls?

Answer: Just why they chose this city is not known. It was probably chosen for an inside reason, i.e. one of the writers or producers was from there, and they wanted to give a nod to their hometown.

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