Licence to Kill treatment: Bond meets Sanchez

Licence to Kill’s poster

Continuing the blog’s 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.

Bond finally meet his target, Sanchez. Bond is covered by Sanchez’s security personnel. Bond is relieved of his Walther PPK and his passport.

Sanchez holds up the PPK.

“Why Senor Bond?”

Bond says he often carries around a lost of cash.

Sanchez nods and looks back to the TV screen where “Joe and Deedle conclude” their TV evangelist act.

Bond is free to walk around Sanchez’s quarters. He spots where an attack could be launched at Sanchez.

As this occurs, Sanchez orders a donation to the televangelists in his employ.

“Wonderful work these people do,” Sanchez tells Bond. “I always watch them. It is good for the soul.”

Sanchez then compliments Bond at his skill in playing blackjack. “I like your style. Your credit rating is impressive. What business are you in?”

Bond replies: “Your business, Senor Sanchez. I distribute pharmaceuticals in London. That’s why I asked your beautiful, charming Senorita Lupe to introduce us.”

Sanchez laughs.

“Your direct approach is refreshing but I do not discuss business in front of women,” Sanchez says.

Lupe leaves

Bond sits down in a chair opposite Sanchez.

“I want the East Coast business,” Bond tells Sanchez.

“Have we business there?” Sanchez asks.

“Let’s not play games, Senor Sanchez,” Bond says. “I’m interested in Milford (sic) Krest’s operation.”

Sanchez doesn’t back down. He tells Bond that “you come in here without references, carrying a weapon, talking about business I don’t understand. What’s your point?”

Bond also doesn’t back down.

“Krest is finished,” Bond says. “The D.E.A. turned over his warehouse in Key West. They took everything. Krest’s so desperate he’s ripped someone off.”

Sanchez is interested. “How do you know this?”

Bond continues: “He’s put 500 keys on the London market at bargain prices. It’s hot, I wouldn’t touch it.”

Sanchez tells Bond it will take a few days to investigate all this.

“I’m at the Hotel Presidente,” Bond says. “Be careful, Senor Sanchez. It is dangerous to corner a desperate man.”

Sanchez says he has known Krest for years. “We are hermanos, like brothers.”

Bond gestures to the television screen.

“Ask your favorite evangelists to tell you about Cain and Abel.”

TO BE CONTINUED

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