Licence to Kill treatment: Blackjack

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The blog continues its examination of a 1988 treatment by Richard Maibaum and Michael G. Wilson for what would become Licence to Kill. The treatment was provided by Gary J. Firuta.

Lupe answers the summons from Sanchez as Bond is adding to his winnings at the blackjack table at Sanchez’s casino.

Sanchez “points to Bond” on a closed-circuit television screen. Lupe “recognizes Bond at the blackjack table.” Lupe “conceals her reaction.” Sanchez instructs Lupe to “chat Bond up and get to know him.”

Bond, meanwhile, “continues playing and winning.” At the same time, “Several of the orientals, including Kwang and his beautiful young Asian companion, Loti, are now watching him play.”

Lupe enters. Bond “tells dealer he’s taking a break, rises, and asks Pam to hold his seat or him.”

Pam knows “nothing about blackjack except what she picked up watching Bond.”

Bond leaves the private gambling room with Lupe following him.

Bond is seated at a bar while Lupe “joins him hesitantly.”

According to the treatment, “Her natural inclination toward him conflicts with her fear of Sanchez.”

Lupe tells Bond she is “afraid Sanchez might somehow learn about the episode on Krest’s yacht. She begs him to leave.”

That’s not Bond’s style. “He asks her where Sanchez is,” the treatment reads.

“Upstairs in his penthouse office,” Lupe replies. “He’s getting ready for some kind of a big meeting tomorrow and a party afterward.”

Bond isn’t ready to retreat. He wants Lupe to take him to Sanchez.

“Are you loco?”

The treatment says, “He reassures her, says he has important information for Sanchez who will be pleased with her for bringing Bond to him.”

Lupe takes Bond “reluctantly” to a self-service elevator.

Bond and Lupe ride the elevator up. Bond “promises her that somehow he will reunite her with her family.”

When Bond gets out of the elevator, he is relieved of his Walther PPK and his passport by Sanchez thugs (Perez and Braun).

Bond says he has come to see Sanchez. “Perez takes Lupe into Sanchez,” the treatment says.

TO BE CONTINUED

One Response

  1. The scene that was shot is slightly better but still rather weak. Dalton was too grim and angry. That was when he needed turn on the charm.

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