Original Australian Daybill Poster License To Kill
Licence to Kill is a 1989 American-British spy film, the sixteenth in the James Bond film series produced by Eon Productions, and the last to star Timothy Dalton in the role of the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. It is the first one not to use the title of an Ian Fleming story. It is also the fifth and final consecutive Bond film to be directed by John Glen, also the last film to feature Robert Brown as M & Caroline Bliss as Miss Moneypenny, as well as the final film to have both the Gun barrel and title sequences designed by Maurice Binder. The story has elements of two Ian Fleming short stories and a novel, interwoven with aspects from Japanese Rōnin tales. The film sees Bond being suspended from MI6 as he pursues drug lord Franz Sanchez, who has ordered an attack against his CIA friend Felix Leiter and the murder of Felix's wife during their honeymoon. Originally titled Licence Revoked in line with the plot, the name was changed during post-production due to American test audiences associating the term with driving. The film earned over $156 million worldwide and enjoyed a generally positive critical reception with ample praise for the stunts.