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Several British agents have been murdered and James Bond is sent to New Orleans, to investigate these mysterious deaths. Mr. Big comes to his knowledge, who is self-producing heroin. Along his journeys he meets Tee Hee who has a claw for a hand, Baron Samedi the voodoo master and Solitaire and her tarot cards. Bond must travel deep inside New Orleans, through marshy grass and on water as he completes his mission. Written by simon

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27 June 1973 (USA)  »

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Ian Fleming's Live and Let Die  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

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$35,400,000 (USA)
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The first Bond film which does not feature Q, the head of Special Ordnance Branch. The character did appear in Dr. No (1962) but under his real name of Major Boothroyd (he wasn't played by Desmond Llewelyn in that film either). Fans demanded Llewelyn's return, and he appeared in 11 more Bond films from 1974 to 1999. See more »

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In the opening scenes, when the Funeral procession passes in front of the Fillet of Soul Club, the Club is in the middle of the block. The sign for the Club is in raised lit letters in front of 3 window valances, with a yellow building clearly on the right side of the club. A bit later in the film, Bond turns the corner to find the car he has been tailing in front of the "Fillet of Soul" Club, a red brick building clearly on the corner of the street. No Valance is present, not is there any yellow building on the right side of the Club. See more »

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UN Translator: [translating for Hungarian delegate] ... was so ably pointed out by the Secretary General in his opening remarks. But - and I must emphasize this point - no formula can or will ever cover each case. For instance...
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Moore's 1st 007 film - Uneven Pacing but Great Characters...
26 November 2008 | by (Spring Hill, FL) – See all my reviews

This movie was my first exposure to non-Brosnan 007 and, while I wouldn't say it's a GREAT movie, I still found enough about it that I enjoyed to rank it with some of my favorite Bond films. The film, Roger Moore's first performance in the signature role, has James Bond investigating the mysterious deaths of three MI6 agents that appear linked to Kananga, a diplomat from the island nation of San Monique. The film is unique in that it is the only 007 film to include elements of the occult and supernatural. Oddly enough, though there are a lot of aspects of this movie that I love, I still find it hard to claim it as one of the best of the series.

Let me start by saying that I thought Roger Moore was a great choice to replace Sean Connery. At this point, I've seen nearly all of the 007 films and I thought Moore, while he did put his own spin on the character, was a fine replacement. Moore was able to add a bit more humor to the role and I thought it was a welcome addition. As a whole, this movie has a great cast and some of my favorite characters from the Bond canon. Jane Seymour did a fine job as Solitaire; her performance was nothing extraordinary (though it WAS one of her first leading roles...give the girl a break) but she was easily one of the most beautiful, if not THE most beautiful, women to ever pair with James Bond. In this film, my favorite performances came from the villains. Yaphet Kotto does a great job as Kananga, making him appear dangerous without ever going over-the-top or campy, and Julius Harris as Tee Hee (the henchman with the mechanical hook-arm) was a real highlight. I'm not sure why, but Tee Hee's scene introducing Bond to the crocodile farm is one of my favorite moments from the movie. Despite his role as a villain and desire to off the hero, the dude's got a natural charisma. For me, though, the best character in the film had to be that of Baron Samedi (a fantastic job by Geoffrey Holder), the voodoo god of cemeteries and closest Bond's ever come to encountering something supernatural. I WISH he had been given a larger role in the film; it's a shame the filmmakers weren't able to work the character into a future storyline.

On the flip side of the character choices, I really think the film could've done without Sheriff J.W. Pepper. The character, a mildly amusing performance from Clifton James, feels completely out of place and tacked on for whatever reason. Aside from the lame choice of comic relief, the film did have one other major flaw for me...there were a lot of points where it felt as if the whole thing slowed to a near stop. 007's main visit to San Monique drags on a bit once he joins with Solitaire and the boat chase seriously could've been cut in half and still had the same effect. While I was impressed by some of the stunts in the sequence, I think nearly 10 minutes is a bit of overkill for a boat chase. Otherwise, it was a fun film with some great scenes (i.e. the crocodile farm or Bond's visit to Harlem). Sure, the special effects are very much dated and some spots are downright awful by modern standards (i.e. Kananga's last moments) but it isn't enough to detract from the film. Regardless, this movie is easily a must-watch for any 007 fan, as it contains some great characters and it proves that Moore had what it took to become the new Bond.


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