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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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Release Date:

27 June 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ian Fleming's Live and Let Die  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)


$35,400,000 (USA)

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A handful of villains and henchmen in the James Bond universe have had a "Mr." title moniker. The Mr. Hinx henchman (Dave Bautista) and Mr. White (Jesper Christensen) characters both appear in Spectre (2015) but share no scenes together. Spectre (2015) also features a henchman called Mr. Guerra (Benito Sagredo) resulting in the movie having three characters that have a "Mr." title moniker. Mr. White (Jesper Christensen) has appeared in three Daniel Craig James Bond films: Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008), and Spectre (2015) - the most Bond films for any henchman type character after Jaws who appeared in two Bond movies. In Dr. No (1962), there was a henchman called Mr. Jones (Reggie Carter); in Goldfinger (1964), there was a henchman called Mr. Ling (Burt Kwouk); in You Only Live Twice (1967), there was a villain called Mr. Osato (Teru Shimada); in The World Is Not Enough (1999), there were two: Mr. Bullion (Goldie) and Mr Lachaise (Patrick Malahide); in Die Another Day (2002), there was a henchman called Mr. Kil (Lawrence Makoare); in Live and Let Die (1973), as with its source 'Ian Fleming novel of the same name, the arch-villain was called Mr. Big, but in the film version he was also known as Dr. Kananga, with the character's real full name in the source book being Buonaparte Ignace Gallia; in Diamonds Are Forever (1971), there were two henchmen with a Mr. title moniker, Mr. Wint (Bruce Glover) and Mr. Kidd (Putter Smith), who functioned as a buddy-team henchmen double-act; in Ian Fleming's novel of "The Spy Who Loved Me" (1962), the villain's employer was Mr. Sanguinetti, but this character does not appear in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) movie. Moreover, a 1987 James Bond novel by John Gardner was entitled "No Deals, Mr. Bond" which reflects how the iconic spy character himself can also be known using a "Mr" name moniker as well. 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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