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Live and Let Die (1973)

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 a tarot card reader. Bond must travel to New Orleans, and deep into the Bayou. Written by simon

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27 June 1973 (USA)  »

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$35,400,000 (USA)
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Yaphet Kotto took the role of Dr. Kananga/Mr. Big after a United Artists executive (David V. Picker) came up to him after filming of Across 110th Street (1972) wrapped. His co-star (Julius Harris) also signed on after completing the filming of Shaft's Big Score! (1972) and Super Fly (1972). See more »

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One of the Best Bond Films
23 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

This is Roger Moore's first Bond movie and I liked it. Roger Moore does a great job in the part and this was the first of many excellent Bond films. In this one James Bond is caught up in a mystery with the United Nations and drugs. Odd combination? Well wait until some odd activity pops up in the Caribbean.

I will say this Bond has one of the best supporting casts I have seen In a Bond movie. First Yaphet Kotto is one of the best villains. There is something a bit odd about him but you will find out what it is in the movie. Jane Seymour is a good Bond girl as well. This was her film debut as well. David Hedison is very good as Felix Leiter.

Special mention should go to the other villains as well. Julius W. Harris is awesome as Tee Hee, and Geoffrey Holder as Baron Samedi is very good. The villains in this movie hit the perfect spot between menacing and odd. Gloria Hendry plays another Bond girl, the first African-American to be so, and the last until Halle Berry in Tomorrow Never Dies.

This one is different from all of the other Bond movies. The movie is a bit faster paced than previous Bond films and Roger Moore plays the role in a less serious way then his predecessor did. One thing I loved about this Bond movie was just how 70's it was. This movie definitely works as a time capsule if not for anything else. I like the way they dressed themselves.

The action is not so tense. This Bond seems to have the ability to laugh at itself. This was one of the most enjoyable Bond films. The movie capitalized on the Blaxploitation films popular at the time of this movies release. The other thing I liked about this movie is that this movie had Bond getting in a lot more traps than normal. He is trapped in the Filet O'Soul many times and then the crocodiles and all of the rest.

This also had a great finale too. I loved the occult scene that was something that was really cool. Out of all of the Bond movies I have seen that was one of the most unusual Bond finales I have ever seen and it was good. That was also a great line too. (He had an inflated opinion of himself)

David Hedison is this installment's Felix Leiter and he does very well. I loved the boat sequences and the sequence at the airport. There are so many little quirks and small characters that make this one so good. This is one of the cleverest Bond movies I have seen. Also out of all the Bond villains and plots this villainous plot involving drugs and international distribution seems so much more realistic than other Bond plots, but that is not saying much.

I also loved how in this one it seemed like everyone was in on Bond and he was essentially alone fighting an enemy at every turn. The scenes in New Orleans are classic those funeral scenes are quite interesting, nothing you would expect. It is very unconventional compared to other Bond movies. Bond does not check into the office there is no exhilarating action sequence at the beginning and the action picks up very quickly. It also loved Paul McCartney's title song, that's a classic. In the end I guess this was a great beginning for Roger Moore he did very well. This is one of my favorite Bond films.


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