6. Licence To Kill

Licence to Kill

We know what you’re thinking! “A Bond movie? Controversial? Nah…” Well, as it turns out, the sixteenth Bond movie perhaps is indeed the most controversial of the lot as it was the first attempt at ditching the campiness of the past for a more serious direction (something Casino Royale would finally achieve in 2006).

As a result, it was the first to receive a 15 rating in the UK, but considering the fact it featured scenes of mutilation and 007 going on a bloody quest for vengeance against¬†the men who raped and murdered his friend’s wife, that’s perhaps not all that shocking.

Many of the more violent scenes would end up being cut in a bid to even scrape that 15 certificate,¬†and this ultimately wasn’t the right time for Bond to go dark.