Licence To Kill is a pretty good and somewhat underrated Bond film. It has moments of bad acting and misguided jokes, but the basic structure is sound, Dalton is good throughout and it has a convincing villain: in other words it's a good candidate for a fanedit. And LastSurvivor has done a terrific job of removing those moments that don't work, resulting in a really entertaining and memorable last adventure for Dalton as 007.
For me the opening scene and closing scenes are the worst parts of the film, and this is where the heaviest editing has taken place. I'm happy to report that the work done here is seamless in both video and audio. All the bad acting (and there's a lot in the first 15 minutes of the movie) has been taken out. If I was to do a list of the worst pre-credits scenes in Bond history, LTK would probably be rock bottom, it's just embarrassing. But there isn't any of that left in Licence Revoked, so when the film gets good right around when Bond is reminded this isn't a "country club" we're fully on board.
The other major change is the ending. I have no idea why some of that stuff was included, whether the producers felt some levity was needed after the seriousness of the preceding 2 hours... I mean, who doesn't love a winking fish joke? But it's a terrible ending and utterly unmissed. What's between that beginning and ending is an underrated Bond film we can now enjoy throughout.
My other problem with LTK is more difficult to deal with, as it would involve removing Q from the entire film. For reasons that are never explained, Q finds it quite reasonable to equip a former British agent with deadly weapons, while in Thunderball he found the idea of equipping 007 in the field "highly irregular". I love Desmond Llewelyn as much as the next Bond fan, but his character in this film doesn't fit with the Q we've grown up with. It's unfortunate, but it would have been a near-impossible task to cut him entirely. Still, I won't lie, it bothers me while watching the film.
Overall, this is highly recommended. The editing is flawless, the choices made are uniformly excellent and it significantly improves upon the film beginning to end. An essential edit for Bond fans. Thanks to LastSurvivor for all his efforts.
This edit of Licence To Kill is pretty good. The opening sequence was impressively well placed which I find it better than the original film. The scene placement where Bond's vendetta begins with discovering Leiter's body actually fits more with the title "Licence Revoked." The edit is overall fast paced without lingering too much and with the removal of certain unnecessary scenes for example, lessening Bond constantly shooing away Pam and Q which I find annoying in the original film. The removal of Leiter phoning Bond happily in the hospital makes Bond's payoff more worth it as a fitting end of his vendetta. The only thing I would change is keep a few scenes that don't affect too much which in the edit led to some jump cuts. In the other hand, most other instances of jump cuts were at least okay. For fans who have trouble with the original film's plot, I recommend people to give this a watch since here it's more pleasing.
I really enjoyed your vision for this movie. I had the very rare priveledge of seeing your version before the original. I noticed some jumps that seemed like abrupt changes in the flow but they didn't distract from the enjoyment of the movie as a whole. I certainly enjoyed the pacing. The watch was a quick one that did not allow for any distraction.
Your changes certainly improved the movie and caused for one of our better Bond experiences.
I really enjoyed this edit. I thought the choices made for some of the changes were quite good and helped fix the narrative as well as improve the pacing. It felt like a really smooth watch and a quick one. The only problem I had is that some of the cuts felt a bit weird but I chalked that up to knowing the movie and the scenes that were cut.
A project that proved to be quite complex at times, altering Licence to Kill to work with a new narrative pays off here. Borrowing some elements of another editor helped point LS in the directions he wanted to take, and the result is a masterclass in editing and pacing that makes this Bond a skilled contender for the best entry in the series...certainly the best entry in LS' series of Bond edits to date just for the challenges and frustrations involved, and he managed to overcome them.
A solid film and a hard-fought victory in the saga of man vs the edit!