Perhaps, because LTK, just like QOS, followed the fashion of its time in the action genre, instead of trying to be "just" a good Bond movie (except that the action trend of the late eighties wasn't a pretentious artsy one, like the current).
I wonder what Campbell thought of Licence to Kill.
Why this movie in particular ?
I feel Licence to Kill
a lot classier and Bonder than Quantum of Solace
. Besides it's "Miami Vice" setting, we had some beautiful Bondian touches missing in Quantum of Solace
: Bond throwing the guy out of the plane with the "Emergency release door" system, Bond throwing out the handful of dollars away, the "you earn't it, you keep it, ol' buddy" scene, etc.
Besides, the action had a sense. Bond was trying to kill the guy who throw his best friend to the sharks. He wanted revenge and he befriended the guy to destroy his organization from the inside. In Quantum of Solace
, Bond just follows one clue to another, to beat a un-frightening guy like Greene and his forgettable thug Elvis, and suddenly realized he has to take down the man who corrupted his lover Vesper.
I really didn't wanted to mess with Sánchez, Dario, etc. After watching Licence to Kill
. As for Greene and Elvis, I'd knock him put blinking an eye.
"Touch me and I'll break your wrist" - and the bloke just looks amazed.
Just think if Camille did that to Sánchez or Dario.