Photo: Licence To Kill 1989 Danjaq, LLC, & United Artists Corporation. All rights reserved
Licence To Kill Gadgets
In a final nod to the change in the approach this movie made to the franchise, the final gadget was a simple lighter.
Given by Felix Leiter's bride Della to James as a wedding favour, 007 sees off Franz Sanchez by setting him alight, but not before showing him the inscription; "James. Love always, Della and Felix."
Again, it is all about the stunt rather than the gadget - the human fireball stunt was arguably the best that had been seen by cinema goers at that stage.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of Licence To Kill was that for the first time a James Bond film was an action movie rather than a gadget and device led movie. When Q brought 007 his bag of tricks the scene almost seemed shoehorned in to add a level of familiarity. Perhaps it was not considered 'Bond' enough without it.
Timothy Dalton was approached to play James Bond after Sean Connery retired from the role in 1967, but considered himself too young. He was also approached in 1979, but tuned it down because he felt the role was going in the wrong direction.
In this movie we saw, not only what we may have got if Bond was played by Dalton through the 1970s, but also what Daniel Craig brought to the role in the new millennium.
The reception for Licence To Kill was generally positive, but many thought it too violent. Compared to James Bond films now, it seems to slot in just right; certainly when comparing a View To A Kill to Quantum of Solace, for example.
A writers' strike, tax issues and other production issues would see a six year delay until the next film in the franchise, by which time Timothy Dalton had moved on in his career. Perhaps Dalton was what James Bond should have always been, rather than the comedy character of the 1970s - the people that cast Daniel Craig clearly think so.
Cigarette Lighters - The Forgotten Gadget
We are told that no-one smokes any more. They do of course, especially the cool kids, as they always have. Everyone does however now know that smoke is bad for you. This is why it almost seems rebellious when a lead character smokes in a film these days, and even when they do, other characters will certainly comment on it.
The famous lighter companies such as Colibri, still make their wares, they just don't sell as many these days. With only specialist retailers selling cigarette lighters, the best place to find them will be auction sites or Amazon. There are also some useful crossover gadgets such as the spy lighter below.