Licence to Kill treatment: Karate chop

Timothy Dalton’s gunbarrel

The blog continues its examination of a treatment by Richard Maibaum and Michael G. Wilson that will become Licence to Kill (1989).

James Bond is in trouble. His ally, Jericho, is dead. He’s been captured by Milton Krest, who is working for Franz Sanchez.

Just then, “a plane is heard approaching overhead,” according to the Maibaum-Wilson treatment.

Krest orders his men “to put Bond into the anchor locker. He’ll deal with him later.”

Krest instructs his radio man to have the plane land. Meanwhile, Krest’s men are taking Bond where he will be imprisioned.

Lupe is watching this through her window. She throws open her cabin door. “Bond karate chops” the man in front of him, “who drops.” Bond then takes out “the other goon” who has been following him. Bond whispers “thanks” to Lupe.

Bond then “runs along the deck toward one of the scuba divers we saw on Jericho’s boat as he starts to climb over the rail. Bond leaps on his back and topples with him over the rail.”

Things intensify underwater.

Bond “divests the man of his mouthpiece, air tanks, face mask, and knife,” according to the treatment. “He puts them on as the other man resurfaces, sputtering.”

What follows is similar to the finished film. Bond catches up to Kreft’s underwater craft. Finding bags with cocaine, Bond “rips some of them open with the knife.” Bond manages the harpoon the seaplane that is taking off. Bond eventually gets into the plane, although in the treatment, the pilot shoots at Bond with an Uzi. The pilot shortly thereafter is dropped out. The pilot survives.

Bond returns to his rented beach house. He examines the diskette he took earlier. “From it he learns that Leiter wanted to arrange protective custody for someone in imminent danger called Bouvier who can be called by calling 200-3036,” according to the treatment. “A message should be left with a code word, Lexington.”

Bond now watches television. “CNN Female Announcer stands at entrance with T.V. crew as guests arrive for a gala party. Sanchez, with Lupe on his arm, and entourage arrive. Announcer stops him asking about reports that this party has been thrown to celebrate his recent escape from custody in the U.S.”

Sanchez denies it. Sanchez says the U.S. should not blame him for its problems.

“I love the American people,” Sanchez says. “They are all welcome at my casino. And we have better odds than in the U.S. Only one zero at the roulette wheel.”

Bond turns the television off. He “returns to the computer and punches up a list compiled by Leiter of Sanchez’ assets. bank accounts, real estate, securities, etc.”

Just then, the phone rings. “The message service calls back. The operator tells him Bouvier will meet Lexington at 8 PM, Barrelhead, Bimini, that night.”