Dario (Benicio Del Toro)
Actor: Benicio Del Toro
Movie: Licence To Kill
Date of Birth: 19th February 1967
Height: 6' 2" (1.88m)
Distinguishing Feature: Youngest ever Bond henchman.
Appearance: Tall and wiry with dark matted hair, slight eyes and a toothy grin.
Organisations & Alliances: Franz Sanchez, Truman-Lodge, Heller.
"Don't worry, we gave her a nice honeymooooooon!"
As the young, rough and cynical sidekick to drug kingpin Franz Sanchez, Dario is more like a son than a henchman. Numerous South American crime syndicates rejected him before being "adopted" by Sanchez as his right hand man. Equally confident with a flick-knife over a pistol, Dario is physically fit as well as a clever and quick learner.
Dario often displays merciless psychopathic tendencies,
notably in his extreme and twisted methods for assassinating Bond.
Too rough and too bloodthirsty for many bosses, notably the right-wing
Contras, Dario has found steady employment with Franz Sanchez who
treats him as his protégée. He watches fearlessly
as Franz has Bond's CIA-buddy, Felix
Leiter thrown to the sharks and devises a similarly brutal
death for Bond.
Dario is part of the gang that rape and kill Felix Leiter's bride, Della Churchill, before Bond and the henchman face off in a Key West bar.
Here 007 is meeting with
the lovely and resourceful Pam
Bouvier. A bar-room brawl kicks off when when Dario
and his goons try to silence Leiter's last contact and
Bond barely escapes.
successfully gains Sanchez's trust and infiltrates his
operations, but Dario spots him and outs him as an informer.
At the multi-million dollar drug-plant and Joe Butcher's Olimpatec Meditation Institute, Sanchez has set up, Dario oversees Bond's death; only to be brought to a brutal end at the point of Bouvier's pistol.
Born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, in 1967; here Benicio spent
much of his childhood before moving to Pennsylvania, aged 13. After
high school he attended the University of California, planning
to become a lawyer - a family tradition. He had a burning
interest in films and filmmaking since his youth in Puerto Rico.
In the midst of his legal degree, Del Toro changed his major to
the arts in order to study drama with the hopes of landing a role
in a local production. When he made the decision to peruse acting
full time, Del Toro moved to New York City and won a place in the
Square Theatre School.
Two years after moving to LA to become a lawyer,
Toro made his on-screen debut after auditioning at an open casting
call for "Miami Vice" (1987). The
1980s saw him on screen a series of bit parts, mostly as villains
or their sidekicks: notably the miniseries "Drug Wars"
Very early into his career he got the call
from 007: 1989's "Licence to Kill" would give Del Toro
his first Hollywood feature film and introduce him on the world stage.
At age 21,
Del Toro took on the challenging role in a brutal and engaging James
Bond adventure. Although the 16th entry to the James Bond franchise
lacklustre box office figures, Del Toro's debut was not hampered
His career in the 1990s
saw him land a number of feature films, notably, "Christopher
Columbus" (which he once again played alongside his
mentor, Robert Davi), "Money For Nothing" and
a memorable performance in "Swimming With Sharks".
"La senorita Bouvier!"
Benicio Del Toro put on 40lbs in order
to appear in the road-trip-psychedelic-frenzy "Fear
and Loathing in Las Vegas". Here he worked with director
Terry Gilliam and co-starred with Johnny Depp. This role
brought Del Toro to the end of a string of parts that accentuated
his looks and moody personality. Wary of being type cast
and after a host of mediocre reviews, Del Toro slowed his
filmmaking career and became very selective of his roles.
By the turn of the century he was working with Steven Soderberg on "Traffic" and Guy Richie on "Snatch" - a memorable but no-less crazy role for Del Toro.
He appeared in "The Hunted" and "Sin
developing his reputation as a character actor and building a
cult following. More recently he has earned a honor at Cannes
for his role in the South American biopic of the life of Che
Guevara. Next, Del Toro is set to travel to New Zealand to work
with Martin Scorsese on 2010's "Scilence".