I’ve made some progress on ironing out the creative difficulties in this and am well on my way, so I feel secure in announcing this project
Licence to Kill is one of James Bond’s most under looked glories, a brilliant and gritty glimpse into a rogue 007 using his wits and cunning to slowly and systematically dismantle a drug baron’s empire. It’s a tough ordeal, but Bond pulls through and gets back in Blighty’s good graces, and while it ends on a happy note for Bond, it is bittersweet because the pursuit of Sanchez cost him several friends.
This edit is designed to lessen the cost of LTK, rearranging key scenes and discarding many to create a more optimistic, alternative Bond film. Here, Sharky doesn’t die, and Felix gets his happy ever after. A bit blasphemous of me to lessen the edge off this Bond classic, but I feel there’s enough material in here to still elevate this film to the fine standards fans hold it to.
I decided to move up the wedding back to the start and work in a new narrative where Bond missed his appointment in Instabull to attend Leighter’s wedding, and that’s what M is mad with Bond about, not pursuing vengeance.
Here’s what I’ve done with the Bond and M meeting
Rearranged a couple of scenes, Sanchez, now free, collects and whips his girfriend, Bond hears about Sanchez escaping at the airport en route to Istanbul, cut to London where M decides Sanchez must be stopped
I’ve trimmed the meeting with Pam to ignore any and all references to Sanchez having Felix’s files, and now they go to Istmus after taking a job offer from Dario, this in now how Bond gets his money.