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Roger Moore makes his first appearance as "Bond...James Bond" in 1973's Live and Let Die. Bond is dispatched to the States to stem the activities of Mr. Big Yaphet Kotto, who plans to take over the Western Hemisphere by converting everyone into heroin addicts. The woman in the case is Solitaire Jane Seymour in her movie debut, an enigmatic interpreter of tarot cards. The obligatory destructive-chase sequence occurs at the film's midpoint, with Bond being chased in a motorboat by Mr. Big's henchmen, slashing his ...
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Roger Moore makes his first appearance as "Bond...James Bond" in 1973's Live and Let Die. Bond is dispatched to the States to stem the activities of Mr. Big Yaphet Kotto, who plans to take over the Western Hemisphere by converting everyone into heroin addicts. The woman in the case is Solitaire Jane Seymour in her movie debut, an enigmatic interpreter of tarot cards. The obligatory destructive-chase sequence occurs at the film's midpoint, with Bond being chased in a motorboat by Mr. Big's henchmen, slashing his way through the marshlands and smashing up a wedding party. Clifton James makes the first of several Bond appearances as redneck sheriff Pepper, while Geoffrey Holder is an enthusiastic secondary villain. The title song, written by Paul McCartney and Lisa McCartney, provides the frosting on this 007 confection.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary featuring Sir Roger Moore; Audio commentary featuring Guy Hamilton; Audio commentary featuring Tom Mankiewicz; Inside Live and Let Die; On set with Roger Moore; Bond 1973: The lost documentary; Roger Moore as James Bond, Circa 1964; Live and Let Die conceptual art; Interactive guide into the world of Live and Let Die; Original trailers; TV spots; Radio communications
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Roger Moore's debut as James Bond has action and style to spare, but sadly falls short in the areas of story and pacing. Tom Mankiewicz's script creates an interesting villain in Kananga and starts off with an exciting barrage of action scenes, but seems to lose its way as it hits the midway point, failing to come up with an inspired motive for Kananga's villainous actions and neglecting to create set pieces that live up to the excitement of the first half. A bigger problem is that the story deviates too far from the usual Bond story line to create a mish-mash that borrows too heavily from the popular genres of its time. The drug-smuggling angle of the script could have come from any blaxploitation film of the era and a lengthy New Orleans-set boat chase in the second hour abruptly and unconvincingly detours the film into goofy Smokey and the Bandit territory (complete with a silly redneck sheriff). Despite these problems, Live and Let Die remains watchable thanks to efficient direction from Guy Hamilton that makes the most of the script's action opportunities. The best moment in this vein is a hair-raising scene where Bond has to escape from a tiny sandbar that is surrounded by a squad of hungry alligators. Live and Let Die further benefits from the committed work of a game cast. Moore brings an appealing dry wit to the character of James Bond and Yaphet Kotto delivers an appropriately forceful performance as Kananga. In the end, Live and Let Die is probably a bit too dated and inconsistent for the casual viewer, but offers enough inspired moments to make it worthwhile for the hardcore James Bond fan.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/21/2008
  • UPC: 883904116448
  • Original Release: 1973
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 2:02:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Roger Moore James Bond
Yaphet Kotto Kananga/Mr. Big
Jane Seymour Solitaire
Clifton James Sheriff
Julius Harris Tee
Geoffrey Holder Baron Samedi
B.J. Arnau Singer
Michael Ebbin Dambala
Arnold Williams Cab Driver
Joie Chitwood Charlie
Bernard Lee M
Tommy Lane Adam
Lon Satton Strutter
Earl Jolly Brown Whisper
Roy Stewart Quarrel
Ruth Kempf Mrs. Bell
Madeline Smith Beautiful Girl
Gloria Hendry Rosie
David Hedison Felix Leiter
Lois Maxwell Moneypenny
Technical Credits
Guy Hamilton Director
Rick Baker Special Effects
Ken Barker Sound/Sound Designer
Bert Bates Editor
Bill Bennet Stunts
George Bouillet Camera Operator
Albert R. Broccoli Producer
Sidney Cain Production Designer
Syd Cain Art Director
Joie Chitwood Stunts
Derek Cracknell Asst. Director
Julie Harris Costumes/Costume Designer
John Harris Camera Operator
Stephen Hendrickson Art Director
Geoffrey Holder Choreography
Alan Hopkins Asst. Director
Stephen F. Kesten Production Manager
Tom Mankiewicz Screenwriter
George Martin Score Composer
Linda McCartney Songwriter
Paul McCartney Songwriter
Derek Meddings Special Effects
John W. Mitchell Sound/Sound Designer
Roger Moore Stunts
Ted Moore Cinematographer
Ray Poulton Editor
Harry Saltzman Producer
John Shirley Editor
Bob Simmons Stunts
Eddie Smith Stunts
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Live and Let Die
1. Chapter 1 [4:55]
2. Chapter 2 [2:43]
3. Chapter 3 [4:51]
4. Chapter 4 [5:25]
5. Chapter 5 [4:38]
6. Chapter 6 [3:54]
7. Chapter 7 [2:18]
8. Chapter 8 [1:43]
9. Chapter 9 [4:12]
10. Chapter 10 [3:32]
11. Chapter 11 [3:35]
12. Chapter 12 [4:58]
13. Chapter 13 [4:12]
14. Chapter 14 [3:44]
15. Chapter 15 [2:27]
16. Chapter 16 [:44]
17. Chapter 17 [4:58]
18. Chapter 18 [1:56]
19. Chapter 19 [2:07]
20. Chapter 20 [3:41]
21. Chapter 21 [4:05]
22. Chapter 22 [4:35]
23. Chapter 23 [6:48]
24. Chapter 24 [5:37]
25. Chapter 25 [3:53]
26. Chapter 26 [4:38]
27. Chapter 27 [:42]
28. Chapter 28 [3:40]
29. Chapter 29 [2:49]
30. Chapter 30 [2:00]
31. Chapter 31 [5:52]
32. Chapter 32 [:56]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Live and Let Die
   Initiate Mission
   Mission Selection
   MI6 Commentary
      Audio Commentary Featuring Sir Roger Moore: On
      Audio Commentary Featuring Sir Roger Moore: Off
      Audio Commentary Featuring Director Guy Hamilton: On
      Audio Commentary Featuring Director Guy Hamilton: Off
      Audio Commentary Featuring Tom Mankiewicz: On
      Audio Commentary Featuring Tom Mankiewicz: Off
   Language Decryption
      Spoken Languages
         English Dolby Digital 5.1
         English DTS
         French
      Subtitles
         English
         French
         Spanish
         Chinese
         Korean
         Thai
         Subtitles Off
Disc #2 -- Live and Let Die
   Declassified: MI6 Vault
      Bond 1973: The Lost Documentary
      Roger Moore as James Bond, Circa 1964
      Live and Let Die Conceptual Art
      Credits
      Subtitles
         Japanese
         Spanish
         Portuguese
         Chinese
         Korean
         Thai
         Subtitles Off
   007 Mission Control
      007
         The Gun Barrel
         Opening Titles
         Bond Mots
            Sheer Magnetism
            Wouldn't Have Done It Before
            Lovers Lessons
            Butterhook
            Play All
      Women
         Miss Caruso
            One More Time?
            Sheer Magnetism
            Play All
         Rosie Carver
            Mrs. Bond
            A Close Friend
            What We've Done
            Death of Rosie
            Play All
         Solitaire
            Is He Armed?
            You Saw Death
            Stacked Deck
            Lovers Lessons
            The Real Mr. Big
            Betrayal
            Say Goodbye to Felix
            Play All
      Allies
         M
            Visit From M
            Magnetic Watch
            Play All
         Miss Moneypenny
         Felix Leiter
            Welcome to New York
            Genuine Felix Lighter
            Talking to Mr. Bleeker
            Fillet of Soul
            Briefing Bond
            Good Hunting
            Say Goodbye to Felix
            Play All
         Quarrel, Jr.
            A Close Friend
            Sweet Mother of Pearl
            Valuable Merchandise
            Good Hunting
            Right Between the Eyes
            Play All
      Villains
         Dr. Kananga/Mr. Big
            United Nations
            Meet Mr. Big
            You Saw Death
            The Real Mr. Big
            Betrayal
            Ingenious
            Inflated Opinion
            Play All
         Tee Hee
            Is He Armed?
            Butterhook
            The Farm
            Disarming
            Play All
         Baron Samedi
            The Man Who Cannot Die
            A Beautiful Day
            Betrayal
            The Dead Rise
            Last Laugh
            Play All
      Mission Combat Manual
         New York Drivers
         Alley Fight
         Double-Decker Bus
         Alligator Bait
         Bayou Chase
         Kananga's Last Stand
         Disarming
         Play All
      Q Branch
         Rolex Submariner
            Testing With M
            Sheer Magnetism
            Vain Attempt
            Time to Escape
            Play All
         Special Toiletries
         Hang Glider & Special Suit
         Shark Gun
            Ingenious
            Inflated Opinion
            Play All
      Exotic Locations
   Mission Dossier
      Inside Live and Let Die
      On Set With Roger Moore: In the Funeral Parade
      On Set With Roger Moore: Hang Gliding Lessons
   Ministry of Propaganda
      Theatrical Archive
         Much More... Roger Moore
         Everything You've Ever Loved In a Bond Film
      TV Broadcasts
         UK Milk Board Commercial
         It's a Matter of Life, It's a Matter of Death
         It's a Matter of Life and Death
         Play All
      Radio Communication
         Livelier Deadlier
         All Against One Man
         Play All
   Image Database
      Enter
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Classic James Bond. Roger Moore at the top of his game.

    This my favorite James Bond flick. I saw it when I was young. Roger Moore's performance was spot on. The location in New Orleans was great, the villain Mr. Big and Jane Seymour hmmm!.Also the minor characters like Felix Leiter and the Sheriff. Kudos!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2001

    THE NAMES BOND..... JAMES BOND

    I THOUGHT THE MOVIE GREAT SPECIAL EFFECTS. I LOVED IT WHEN 007 RAN ACROSS THE ALLIGATORS.

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