Pause for kids 13 & under
Darker version of James Bond has more violence, language.
What Parents Need to Know
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.
- Families can talk about the movie's violence. How did the decision to go "darker" affect this Bond movie? Does it seem more violent? More exciting?
- Is the movie more or less involving, given that Bond's motive is revenge rather than trying to save the world? Why?
- How are the women in this movie treated? Why are they both attracted to Bond? Would either of them be interesting in a movie of their own?
- How do you feel about the villain being a drug dealer? How are drugs portrayed in the movie?