"Licence to Kill" is a 1989 action thriller film directed by John Glen and starring Timothy Dalton as James Bond, Agent 007. It is the sixteenth film in the James Bond series and the second to star Dalton as the iconic British spy.
In the film, Bond resigns from MI6 in order to pursue a personal vendetta against drug lord Franz Sanchez (Robert Davi), who has maimed his friend and colleague, Felix Leiter (David Hedison). As he tracks Sanchez and his criminal empire across South America, Bond encounters a variety of allies and adversaries, including the beautiful and dangerous Lupe Lamora (Talisa Soto) and Sanchez's sadistic henchman, Dario (Benicio del Toro).
"Licence to Kill" was notable for its darker tone and more realistic portrayal of violence, which marked a departure from the more lighthearted and gadget-oriented films of the past. It was also the first Bond film to receive a PG-13 rating in the United States, due to its graphic violence and mature themes.
Despite receiving mixed reviews upon its release, "Licence to Kill" has since gained a cult following among Bond fans and is often praised for its suspenseful action scenes and Dalton's portrayal of a more complex and emotional version of Bond.