Welcome to Oliver Harper’s Retrospectives & Reviews. Like us all at FTN, Oliver LOVES cinema, and like us, he has passions that not everyone shares, but he feels obligated to put the word out. This week Oliver looks at Licence to Kill… we’ll let him tell you the aims of these videos himself. Over to you, Oliver…
Every week FTN will be hosting videos looking back at classic films from the 80s and early 90s…
The videos will be a retrospective look back at a particular film covering all sides of the production and discussing how the film turned out. Many people on the net generally like to discuss films with a negative attitude and take joy in bashing films for comedic effect which does work but often many of the reviews aren’t researched well or films are taken out of context for the purpose of making a joke and I feel websites such as youtube have become over-saturated with these types of videos, I wanted to do something different.
“Often you come across films with no extras available on the DVD and you want to know more about it, so with some of the upcoming videos I will be discussing films that don’t get the respect they deserve or the ones that aren’t as bad as people think…”
Licence to Kill
Timothy Dalton returns one more time to play 007 in what is considered by many hardcore fans as one of the best James Bond films. With the director John Glen and Dalton always pushing for a more hard-edged version of the Ian Fleming character they get what they wanted and provided a very serious take on 007.
Being the first Bond film to receive a 15 rating in the UK and also the first film in the series to be unsuccessful in the USA, many claimed it was down to the rating and being released in the summer of 1989 which many will remember also had Batman storming the charts.
Dalton was contracted to do three Bond films but after Licence to Kill came out United Artists began to have issues with ownership of the character and we didn’t get to see 007 return to the big screen for nearly seven years. During that time Dalton got fed up waiting and decided not to play Bond anymore which was a huge shame because it would have been awesome to see him again one more time to finish off his trilogy of serious Bond films…