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Licensed to Kill

Made on a budget which wouldn't have paid for one of 007's Vodka Martinis, this little-known British film is surprisingly good. Tom Adams, as agent Charles Vine, could have made a fine Bond ( one wonders if Vine effectively ruled him out as a candidate for the role ) as he projects more than the required level of machismo and charisma...

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Made on a budget which wouldn't have paid for one of 007's Vodka Martinis, this little-known British film is surprisingly good. Tom Adams, as agent Charles Vine, could have made a fine Bond ( one wonders if Vine effectively ruled him out as a candidate for the role ) as he projects more than the required level of machismo and charisma. The supporting cast, particularly Peter Bull as the scheming criminal 'Masterman', are impressive, while John Arnatt steals the show as Vine's boss Rockwell; his explanation of events to Vine at the hospital is brilliantly delivered. The script's well-written, beginning with a teaser worthy of 'The Avengers', and climaxing with a multi-double cross shoot-out. Lindsay Shonteff pulls off some decent action scenes, using the city of London to good effect. If 'Licensed To Kill' can be likened to any Bond film, its 'From Russia With Love', as once again agents of the East and West are played off against one another by a mysterious third party. Very underrated film. IMDB

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AKA:Second Best Secret Agent in the Whole Wide World, The
Director:Lindsay Shonteff
Year:1965
Language:English
Format:F
Audio Quality:8.0
Video Quality:8.0
Starring:Tom Adams Karel Stepanek Peter Bull John Arnatt Francis De Wolff Felix Felton

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