Genre Guesstimation – License To Kill (1989) – Encore Review 2


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by me!

Since the new James Bond film – No Time to Die (2021) is finally being released I have chosen that we will be reviewing our favorite Spy/Espionage Movies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Oct by sending them to

Try to think out of the box!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Spy/Espionage Movies…….

“Loyalty is more important to me than money” – Sanchez

Number of Times Seen – Between 5-10 times (Theater in ’89, cable, video, 16 Dec 2014, 14 Nov 2019 and 14 Oct 2021)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – After Bond’s CIA friend is attacked by a Central American drug lord, Bond seeks a personal vendetta against him.

My Take on it – Timothy Dalton only played Bond in two films, but this is still one of my favorite films in the whole franchise.

The story is one of the most gritty in the whole series and the comes across in a very realistic way due to the action and drama in the story.

The plot is quite realistic and even after more than 30 years feels very relevant due to the way it all plays out.

Robert Davi is a menacing, yet cool and collected villain and comes across as one of the most sane ones in the franchise which helps make the story more powerful.

Loved seeing a young Benicio Del Toro in this film.

Great title song sung by Gladys Knight.

The way that the story gives us a more emotional side of Bond works really well in helping establish what kind of character he is even when he’s on a very personal mission.

Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – While in production, various newspapers reported that this would be the most violent Bond film yet, and would trying to keep up with the mega violence of such recent, popular action fare as “Lethal Weapon (1987)” and “Die Hard (1988).” This was the first Bond film to score a PG-13 rating, due to its violent content. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Absolutely!  One of the most serious Bond films that feel so real in all that it does. 

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)


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