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Live and Let Die (1973)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Thriller  |  27 June 1973 (USA)
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007 is sent to stop a diabolically brilliant heroin magnate armed with a complex organization and a reliable psychic tarot card reader.



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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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Release Date:

27 June 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ian Fleming's Live and Let Die  »

Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)


$35,400,000 (USA)

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1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Regular Bond voice artist Nikki Van der Zyl dubbed much of Jane Seymour's dialogue. See more »


When Bond follows the limo out of the parking deck, he ends up on the street, all alone on the sidewalk. However, when he hails a cab in the following shot, all of a sudden spectators along the sidewalk are reflected in the side windows of the cab. See more »


[first lines]
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...
[audio feed is unplugged]
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The End of Live and Let Die James Bond will return in The Man with the Golden Gun See more »


Referenced in Voodoo (1995) See more »


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Written and Arranged by Milton Batiste
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Good Bond movie with a good line in bad guys
4 July 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Several British agents are killed in America and in the Caribbean. Despite the difference in how the murders occur they seem linked together by drugs. Bond begins to investigate and finds links between the American drug dealer Mr Big and the mysterious owner of a Caribbean island Kananga. While investigating Bond falls foul of both despite gaining the affections of Kananga's beautiful mistress Solitaire.

Roger Moore's first Bond is one of his best. The film wisely steps away from those regular bad guys the Russians and gets a new feel by actually having non-white main characters. The plot is pretty good and doesn't have the usual `take over the world' feel to it. There is plenty of silly stuff of course but the stunts are quite good and Bond has a new line in `eyebrow raised' humour.

Moore will never be the best Bond but he did make the role his own – adding an element of self-deprecating humour to the role. Yaphet Kotto is a good actor and makes a good bad guy. Jane Seymour isn't convincing as the mystic property of Kananga – she really should have been played by a black actress and it shows a lack of bravery on the side of the producers that they went with a white face as the lead Bond girl. Julius Harris is good as Tee Hee and Clifton James adds some comedy value as J.W. Pepper.

Overall this is one of Moore's best Bond movies and certainly stands out from previous films with numerous Russian baddies. Also the theme music is a really fun song from Wings.

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