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Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die

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Director: Guy Hamilton

Cast: Roger Moore, Yaphet Kotto, Jane Seymour


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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 (


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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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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Mgm (Video & Dvd)
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[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Special Features

Closed Caption; Smart menu technology; Audio commentary with Sir Roger Moore; Audio commentary with director Guy Hamilton; Audio commentary with screenwriter Tom Mankiewicz; Bond 1973: The Lost Documentary; Roger Moore as James Bond, circa 1964 featurette; Live and Let Die conceptual art; 007 Mission Control interactive guide into the world of Live and Let Die; Inside Live and Let Die featurette; On set with Roger Moore featurettes; Image database; Theatrical trailers, TV and radio spots

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
Richard 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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Live and Let Die 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
KoolinEO More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago