Licence to Kill treatment: Bond meets Q

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Continuing the blog’s examination of a March 1988 treatment by Richard Maibaum and Michael G. Wilson for Licence to kill. The treatment was provided by Gary J. Firuta.

After Bond sees Sanchez, Bond and Pam go back to their hotel.

The two briefly discuss the layout of Sanchez’s office. “We have a problem,” Bond says. “Sanchez is up there behind two inches of armored glass. I’d need a cannon to get him.”

What follows is similar to the final film. Upon arrival, Bond is told by the concierge that his uncle is waiting for him in his suite. “Bond tells Pam to wait in the lobby while he investigates,” the treatment says.

Bond goes to the room, rings the bell, “then flattens back against the wall beside the door and poses to karate strike if necessary.”

Q opens the door. He is “all rigged out for a Caribbean vacation.” In the movie, Desmond Llewelyn wore a suit for the scene.

Initially, Q tells Bond he’s on leave and decided to spend it with the agent. “Q finally confesses it was Miss Moneypenny who kept tabs on him.”

Q then tells Bond that Moneypenny has “been mad about him for years.”

‘”Really?’ Bond exclaims, pretending surprise. Bond says he’s in no mood for a vacation and Q had better enjoy himself somewhere else.”

Q “then confesses” he’s present without M’s knowledge. Q also says Leiter was his friend too. (Obviously, this happened offscreen.)

As in the final film, the treatment has Q showing Bond the gadgets he’s brought, including the “denonite” toothpaste and the disguised signature gun.

Pam enters. The dialogue in the treatment is a bit different than the movie.

“Just who is this Uncle?” Pam asks. “For that matter who are you?”

“Just civil servants,” Bond replies.

“Like Leiter, only English,” Pam says.

TO BE CONTINUED

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