Contributed by: The James Bond Movie Encyclopedia by Steven Jay Rubin

Huge eighteen-wheel American tanker truck, four of which are featured in the exciting conclusion to Licence to Kill. Filled with a 31,600-pound mixture of cocaine and gasoline, each truck is transporting a cargo of drugs worth more than $40 million. Headed down the highway from the drug laboratories of Franz Sanchez (Robert Davi) beneath the Olimpatec Meditation Institute, the cocaine convoy is virtually destroyed by James Bond (Timothy Dalton)—with a super assist from CIA fly girl Pam Bouvier (Carey Lowell).

The incredible chase was orchestrated by second unit director Arthur Wooster, 007 car chase veteran Remy Julienne, and special effects supervisor John Richardson, who spent seven weeks in the blazing desert mountains outside Mexicali, Mexico, near the California-Mexico border. The primary road was a deserted section of the Rumorosa mountain pass—an isolated, accident-prone mountain highway. Onto this treacherous terrain came a convoy of vehicles, including three Kenworth trucks that were specially modified for stunt use; five older Kenworths that were purchased and refurbished in Mexico; and a dozen tanker trailers, five of which were made out of wood for the explosion sequences.


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