Licence to Kill: Recut

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Licence to Kill: Recut
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Original Release Date:
1989
Original Running Time:
133
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
127
Time Cut:
6
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Brief Synopsis:
Licence to Kill stands out in the Bond series for its sense of danger, brutal villains, and Timothy Dalton's driven 007 – but it's got problems, including off-tone comedy, perplexing love interests, and an obligation to franchise expectations. Licence to Kill: Recut aims to eliminate these problems.
Intention:
The intended result is a better-paced film that maintains a serious tone, streamlines Bond’s romance with Pam and Lupe, and reduces Q’s presence so the character doesn’t overstay his welcome.
Special Thanks:
Thanks to my brother for assisting with the edit and the poster.
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
Note: This edit does not change the movie's title song or titles sequence, because these elements are part of the movie's legacy in the Bond series. No radical aesthetic changes are made in an attempt to modernize the film. Instead, this edit should feel like the same movie that was released theatrically, but optimized.
Cuts and Additions:
- Added fanedit disclaimer.
- Cut modern MGM logo.
- Cut Sharkey asking Della to drive around the block again. The comedic tone of this scene clashes with the dark tone of the previous scene.
- Cut DEA agents running in slow motion. Apparently this was filmed as part of a “Chariots of Fire” gag – however, the music got cut and the shot was left in. The shot is goofy, so it’s gone.
- Cut Bond’s line “Let’s go fishing.” Not funny and doesn’t really make sense.
- Added “Recut” to title.
- Trimmed Bond and Della talking about the wedding cake. She keeps kissing Bond, which is weird enough, but I couldn’t stand the breathy “Thank you” and trotting after him. She seems way too horny for Bond considering she just married another man.
- Cut Felix and Della cutting the wedding cake. This part of the movie doesn’t feel like a Bond movie. The sooner it’s over, the better.
- Cut establishing shot of wedding party.
- Cut Della kissing Bond and saying “we love you.” See earlier note about how horny she seems for Bond.
- Cropped out extras running out of frame when Bond parks in front of Felix’s house.
- Cut police detective talking to Bond and Sharkey in Felix’s house. Not important.
- Cut Krest talking to Lupe about the rigged beauty contest. The audience is supposed to find her beautiful, and her cheating to win a beauty contest undercuts that.
- Fixed jump cut when Krest is shooting at Bond.
- Trimmed shot of Bond looking scared after being attacked with a decorative swordfish. He’s tougher than that.
- Cut Bond lying down with Pam in the boat. The implication is they sleep together here, but it’s too early in the relationship. Pam slowly warms up to Bond over the rest of the movie.
- Cut Moneypenny crying and calling Q Branch. It’s a bit much to see her this upset, and we learn later that she called Q for help anyway.
- Cut shot of Bond in the street outside bank. Bond is almost entirely obscured by extras walking in front of the camera.
- Cut Lupe’s line “You loco? You’ll get us both killed.” Unconvincing delivery.
- Cut rest of Q’s scene after he meets Pam. The standard gadget scene feels out of place considering Bond went rogue. We learn enough about the signature gun later anyway (Q gives it to Bond, it’s disguised as a camera, and it’s activated by Bond’s palm print). This also removes the laser camera gag and Pam acting frosty towards Bond (I want a more clear through line of her warming up to Bond, rather than playing hot and cold).
- Cut the start of Sanchez’s meeting with the Asian drug dealers, as well as the shot of Q waiting in the street. Not important, and I wanted to stay with Bond’s perspective here.
- Cut Bond telling Pam to go home and her looking sad after he leaves. These beats already happened earlier, and they happen again later, so this is repetitive.
- Cut Lupe’s line “I love James so much” and Pam getting angry about it. It’s a bad line, badly delivered, and the love triangle idea is outdated and boring.
- Cut Q disguised as street sweeper. This feels too silly.
- Cut Pam’s plane being dismantled at airport. She acquires another plane immediately, so this scene is pointless.
- Moved the cocaine facility explosions up so they start sooner. This makes it slightly easier to believe that Sanchez would abandon the burning facility.
- Cut the third soft lens shot of Pam (meant to make her appear angelic, along with the white robe and yellow halo) when she’s shooting Dario. For some reason, there are two shots with soft lens, then one without, then another with. Now there are only two soft lens shots in total.
- Added explosion noise behind Bond shouting “Come on!” as he and Pam leave the cocaine facility. Not sure why he’s shouting – now he has a reason.
- Cut Pam grabbing the bag of money from Joe Butcher. I like this character, he’s good comic relief, but his last scene is unnecessary.
- Cut Felix laughing during phone call with Bond. He sounds too chipper considering what’s happened to him. However, I did have to keep his dialogue because it clarifies that Bond has been invited back to the secret service.
- Cut Bond and Lupe joking about the iguana. Again, this feels too lighthearted. The entire ending (Bond choosing between Lupe and Pam) doesn’t really fit the movie, but I like when Bond is romantic, and I couldn’t just end with the death of Sanchez.
- Cut winking fish statue. I have no clue why this is here. Rearranged end credits to accommodate this.
- Removed half of Patti LaBelle's song "If You Asked Me To" over the end credits and replaced with Gladys Knight's title song. Ends the movie with a more classic James Bond sound.
- Added faneditor credit.
- Applied colour correction throughout to reduce tinting that was done on the Blu-ray release of the film.
- Other minor changes as needed.

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9.6
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(Updated: September 13, 2022)
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9.0
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There is no question that the editor here has vastly improve how this film plays and more importantly how Timothy Dalton comes across as Bond.

For me the issue remains that I generally find Mr D to be generally wooden and dour, and there is not much one can do to fix that.

The technicals on this edit are seamless and its 10s across the board from me on that. All of them go a major distance in improving the tone, pace and ambience of the film overall making it a tolerable entry from my POV. Even with all that however, the central issue remains for me, and that is central star casting which for me remains an issue. Unaltered this 007 entry would rank a 5 or 6 from me so I am elevating that to an 8; this reflects a huge leap delivered by the editor's skills, but to get to a 9 I would need to be enjoying 'him' per-se, and the performance and interpretation for me remain a challenge to watch despite the huge improvement.

There is no question that if I decide to rewatch this again (and I recently reviewed another version) it will be this version, though I doubt I will be doing that any time soon.

OUTSTANDING WORK!
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(Updated: September 11, 2022)
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Can't find it anywhere. I'd like to abide by the TOS of the site but I am not sure how to contact Problem Eliminator (if you click his name you just get a list of his fan edits). I have been able to find some other fan edits of his online, but not this one. All the reviews are fairly recent too, so people are getting their hands on it somehow.

Anyways, If Problem Eliminator happens to see this review. please consider privately sending a link... I'll adjust my review, as well. Thanks.

I've always considered this one of the weakest 007 films, so it'd be nice to see it get an upgrade. TBH, it's really a shame fan edits are so difficult to find. Its all made far worse by studios who really hate it that we "commoners" can often put out a better final product than they can. Star Trek fans have been hit hardest by this legality crap, Even a bunch of excellent original fan projects were devestated by CBS & Paramount's legal actions).

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Since the movie is sourced from the Blu-Ray release, the audiovisual quality is great.

The edits made vary in smoothness, although when the cuts are jarring it's rarely bothersome (Mainly because there are certain parts in the original with similar cuts). Meanwhile, the audio edits are quite smooth and unnoticeable.

Overall, this edit provides quite an improvement towards the original. The edits made successfully shifted the tone towards a more serious one and tightens up the narrative by getting rid of jarring tonal shifts and several repeating plot points. Personally, I feel that this version is the one to watch if you want to experience what I think is one of the most underrated Bond movies, featuring the most underrated Bond.

Amazing work, ProblemEliminator and thanks for making such a brilliant version of this movie

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I really enjoyed this edit. It trimmed the movie just enough and re-focused the movie on it's serious tone. I personally think Timothy Dalton was an underrated bond, and this has become my preferred way to watch this film. Great work!

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Another excellent bond film from Problem Eliminator. I really enjoyed my viewing and this is another preferred version for me. Tightens it up and cuts the cheese making for a very enjoyable experience. As professional as it gets. Would definitely recommend.

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