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Live and Let Die -- Roger Moore finds himself immersed in the world of heroin, voodoo and black magic in his debut as Bond.
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Roger Moore ... James Bond

Yaphet Kotto ... Kananga / Mr. Big

Jane Seymour ... Solitaire

Clifton James ... Sheriff Pepper

Julius Harris ... Tee Hee (as Julius W. Harris)

Geoffrey Holder ... Baron Samedi

David Hedison ... Leiter

Gloria Hendry ... Rosie

Bernard Lee ... 'M'

Lois Maxwell ... Moneypenny
Tommy Lane ... Adam
Earl Jolly Brown ... Whisper
Roy Stewart ... Quarrel
Lon Satton ... Strutter
Arnold Williams ... Cab Driver 1
Ruth Kempf ... Mrs. Bell
Joie Chitwood ... Charlie
Madeline Smith ... Beautiful Girl
Michael Ebbin ... Dambala
Kubi Chaza ... Sales Girl
Brenda Arnau ... Singer (as B.J. Arnau)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alvin Alcorn ... New Orleans Assassin (uncredited)
Lewis Alexander ... UN Delegate (uncredited)
Robert Dix ... Hamilton (uncredited)
James Drake ... Dawes (uncredited)
Dennis Edwards ... Baines (uncredited)
Stocker Fontelieu ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Keith Forte ... Clifftop Guard (uncredited)
Lance Gordon ... Eddie, State Trooper (uncredited)
Stephen Hendrickson ... Mr. Bleeker (uncredited)
Leroy E. Hollis ... Louisiana Sheriff (uncredited)
Dan Jackson ... Fillet of Soul Waiter (uncredited)
Aileen Lewis ... UN Delegate (uncredited)
Della McCrae ... Tribal Dancer (uncredited)

Shane Rimmer ... Hamilton (voice) (uncredited)
Marc Smith ... UN Worker (uncredited)
Don Topping ... San Monique Emcee (uncredited)
Nikki Van der Zyl ... Solitaire (voice) (uncredited)
Gabor Vernon ... Hungarian Delegate (uncredited)
Sylvia Kuumba Williams ... Crying Woman (uncredited)

Directed by
Guy Hamilton 
Writing credits
Tom Mankiewicz (screenplay)

Ian Fleming (novel) uncredited

Produced by
Albert R. Broccoli .... producer
Harry Saltzman .... producer
Original Music by
George Martin (music score)
Cinematography by
Ted Moore (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Bert Bates 
Raymond Poulton 
John Shirley 
Casting by
Weston Drury Jr.  (as Weston Drury Jnr)
Art Direction by
Syd Cain (supervising art director)
Robert W. Laing (co-art director) (as Bob Laing)
Peter Lamont (co-art director)
Set Decoration by
Simon Wakefield (uncredited)
Frederic C. Weiler (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Julie Harris 
Makeup Department
Colin Jamison .... hairdresser
Paul Rabiger .... chief makeup artist
Mike Jones .... hairdresser (uncredited)
Production Management
Claude Hudson .... production supervisor
Stephen F. Kesten .... production manager: U.S.A Crew
Michael Rauch .... unit manager: USA
Steven P. Skloot .... production manager: U.S.A Crew
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Derek Cracknell .... assistant director
Alan Hopkins .... assistant director: U.S.A Crew
Raymond Becket .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Nicolas Hippisley-Coxe .... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Richard Jenkins .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Leon Davis .... construction manager
Stephen Hendrickson .... art director: U.S.A Crew
Patrick Weymouth .... props
Maurice Cain .... draughtsman (uncredited)
John Chisholm .... props (uncredited)
John Fenner .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Fred Hole .... chief draughtsman (uncredited)
Brian Payne .... props (uncredited)
Ron Quelch .... production buyer (uncredited)
Danny Skundric .... props (uncredited)
Simon Wakefield .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Ken Barker .... sound recordist
Christopher Lancaster .... dubbing editor (as Chris Lancaster)
Teddy Mason .... dubbing editor
John W. Mitchell .... sound recordist (as John Mitchell)
Jim Shields .... dubbing editor (as Jimmy Shields)
Ron Butcher .... sound maintenance (uncredited)
Graham V. Hartstone .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Keith Pamplin .... boom operator (uncredited)
Trevor Rutherford .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Derek Meddings .... special effects
Rick Baker .... special effects (uncredited)
Peter Biggs .... special effects engineer (uncredited)
Ian Wingrove .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Timothy Kiefer .... damage artist: pristine digital restoration: Lowry Digital Images a DTS company (restoration) (as Tim Kiefer)
Scott Martin .... damage artist: pristine digital restoration: Lowry Digital Images a DTS company (restoration)
Julie Ornburn .... damage artist: pristine digital restoration: Lowry Digital Images a DTS company (restoration)
Bruce Peecher Jr. .... damage artist: pristine digital restoration: Lowry Digital Images a DTS company (restoration)
Charles Staffell .... optical effects
Bill Bennet .... stunts co-ordinator
Joie Chitwood Jr. .... stunts co-ordinator
Jerry Comeaux .... stunts co-ordinator
Ross Kananga .... stunts co-ordinator
Bob Simmons .... stunts co-ordinator
Eddie Smith .... stunts co-ordinator
Vic Armstrong .... stunt double: Roger Moore (uncredited)
Vic Armstrong .... stunts (uncredited)
Peter Brayham .... stunts (uncredited)
Alonzo Brown Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Jophery C. Brown .... stunts (uncredited)
Joie Chitwood Jr. .... airplane stunt driver (uncredited)
Joie Chitwood Jr. .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Brian Chung .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Murray Cleveland .... stunt boat driver (uncredited)
Jerry Comeaux .... stunt boat driver (uncredited)
Jack Cooper .... stunts (uncredited)
Leslie Crawford .... stunt double: Roger Moore (uncredited)
Leslie Crawford .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Cummings .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Eddon .... stunts (uncredited)
Reg Harding .... stunts (uncredited)
John Koerner .... stunt boat driver (uncredited)
Rick Lester .... stunts (uncredited)
Jimmy Lodge .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Minor .... stunts (uncredited)
Maurice Patchett .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Allen Pinson .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
Nosher Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
Doug Robinson .... stunts (uncredited)
Rick Seaman .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Colin Skeaping .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Smith .... stunt boat driver (uncredited)
Roy Street .... stunts (uncredited)
Chris Webb .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Weston .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
George Bouillet .... camera operator: U.S.A Crew
John Harris .... second unit cameraman
Bob Kindred .... camera operator
Warren Rothenberger .... camera operator: U.S.A Crew
Bert Bosher .... electrical supervisor (uncredited)
Colin Davidson .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Vinnie Gerardo .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Mike Roberts .... focus puller (uncredited)
Ted Underwood .... camera grip (uncredited)
George Whitear .... still photographer (uncredited)
David Wynn-Jones .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Allan Foenander .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Laurel Staffell .... wardrobe supervisor
John Hilling .... wardrobe master (uncredited)
Colin Wilson .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Joanna Wright .... wardrobe mistress (uncredited)
Editorial Department
John J. De Santis Jr. .... 4K film scanning: pristine digital restoration: Lowry Digital Images a DTS company (restoration) (as John DeSantis Jr.)
Marion Grau .... colorist: pristine digital restoration: Lowry Digital Images a DTS company (restoration) (as Marian A. Grau)
Steve Cuiffo .... negative cutter (uncredited)
Les Healey .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Margaret Miller .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Monty Norman .... composer: The James Bond theme
Don McVay .... musician (uncredited)
Transportation Department
John Koerner .... boat driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Maurice Binder .... main title designed by
Albert R. Broccoli .... presenter
William Grefe .... shark scenes: U.S.A Crew
Bernard Hanson .... location manager
Geoffrey Holder .... choreographer
Harry Saltzman .... presenter
Elaine Schreyeck .... continuity
Jack Weis .... location coordinator: U.S.A Crew
Brian Bailey .... production accountant (uncredited)
James Barclay .... unit runner (uncredited)
Maureen Campbell .... publicity secretary (uncredited)
Derek Coyte .... publicity director (uncredited)
Robin Demetriou .... cast and crew chef (uncredited)
Lorraine Fennell .... studio liaison (uncredited)
Scott Hamilton .... assistant unit publicist (uncredited)
Bobbie Johnson .... assistant production accountant: UK (uncredited)
Jordan Klein Sr. .... underwater special shark scenes (uncredited)
John Koerner .... boat coordinator (uncredited)
Jane Oscroft .... production secretary (uncredited)
Sue Parker .... secretary: Mr. Saltzman (uncredited)
Charles Russhon .... police liaison: New York (uncredited)
Dan Slater .... publicist (uncredited)
Doris Spriggs .... assistant unit publicist (uncredited)
Doris Spriggs .... assistant: Roger Moore (uncredited)
Christine Talmage .... accounts secretary (uncredited)
Paul Tucker .... assistant production accountant (uncredited)
Michael G. Wilson .... EON productions: legal and administration (uncredited)
Jean Winbolt .... secretary: Mr. Broccoli (uncredited)
Fergus Hall .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the assistance and co-operation of: tarot cards by, courtesy of Portal Gallery, London
Crew verified as complete

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies
  • Chevrolet  the producers gratefully acknowledge the assistance and co-operation of (as Chevrolet Motor Division - General Motors Corp.)
  • Glastron  the producers gratefully acknowledge the assistance and co-operation of (as Glastron Boat Company)
  • Evinrude Motors  the producers gratefully acknowledge the assistance and co-operation of
  • Harley Davidson Motorcycles  the producers gratefully acknowledge the assistance and co-operation of (as Harley Davidson Motor Company Inc.)
  • Budget Rent-a-Car  the producers gratefully acknowledge the assistance and co-operation of (as Budget Rent-A-Car Inc.)
  • AMF  the producers gratefully acknowledge the assistance and co-operation of (as A.M.F. Inc.)
  • Panasonic  the producers gratefully acknowledge the assistance and co-operation of
  • Visi-Tel  the producers gratefully acknowledge the assistance and co-operation of (as Visi-Tel Corporation)
  • Dunham Coach  the producers gratefully acknowledge the assistance and co-operation of (as exotic cars by Dunham Coach of N.J.)
  • Pan American World Airways  the producers gratefully acknowledge the assistance and co-operation of
  • Rolex  the producers gratefully acknowledge the assistance and co-operation of (as Rolex Inc.)
  • Pulsar  the producers gratefully acknowledge the assistance and co-operation of (as Pulsar,® The Time Computer.®)
  • Black Stuntmen's Association (BSA)  the producers gratefully acknowledge the assistance and co-operation of (as The Black Stuntmen's Association, Hollywood, Calif.)
  • Portal Gallery  the producers gratefully acknowledge the assistance and co-operation of (as tarot cards by Fergus Hall, courtesy of Portal Gallery, London)
  • New Orleans Police Department, The  the producers gratefully acknowledge the assistance and co-operation of (as New Orleans Police Department)
  • Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport  the producers gratefully acknowledge the assistance and co-operation of (as New Orleans International Airport)
  • Orleans Levee Board  the producers gratefully acknowledge the assistance and co-operation of (as New Orleans Levee Board)
  • New Orleans Lakefront Airport & Tenants Association  the producers gratefully acknowledge the assistance and co-operation of
  • New York City Mayor's Office of Film, Theater & Broadcasting, The  the producers gratefully acknowledge the assistance and co-operation of (as New York Mayor's Office of Film Co-ordination)
  • New York Police Department (NYPD)  the producers gratefully acknowledge the assistance and co-operation of
  • New York Department of Commerce & Industrial Development  the producers gratefully acknowledge the assistance and co-operation of
  • Jamaica Defence Force  the producers gratefully acknowledge the assistance and co-operation of (as Jamaica Defence Forces)
  • Jamaica Tourist Board  the producers gratefully acknowledge the assistance and co-operation of
  • Jamaica Swamp Safari  the producers gratefully acknowledge the assistance and co-operation of (as Jamaica Swamp Safari Limited)
  • Air Studios  music recorded at (as Air Studios, London)
  • Lowry Digital Images  pristine digital restoration by (as Lowry Digital Images a DTS company)
  • MGM/UA Home Video  VHS package design
  • Private Island Audio  soundtrack

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Ian Fleming's Live and Let Die" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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121 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M (TV rating) | Australia:PG (original rating) | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Canada:14A (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Finland:K-15/13 (2001 reform re-rating) | Finland:K-16/13 (2012 reform re-rating) | Iceland:12 | Iceland:14 | Ireland:PG | Japan:G (2015) | Netherlands:12 (TV rating) | Netherlands:14 (orginal rating) | Netherlands:AL (DVD rating) (2000) | New Zealand:PG | Norway:15 | Norway:16 (1973) | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating: additional material audio commentary) (2008) | UK:PG (video rating: DVD audio commentary) (2006) | UK:PG (video rating) (1987) (1993) (2001) | USA:PG (Approved No. 23615) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

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 »
Factual errors: In the U.N., the U.K. is shown seated next to Honduras, but countries are actually seated in alphabetical order.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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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
More Action. More Excitement. More Adventure., 20 May 2012
Author: Spikeopath from United Kingdom

Live and Let Die is directed by Guy Hamilton and adapted to screenplay by Tom Mankiewicz from the novel written by Ian Fleming. It stars Roger Moore, Yaphet Koto, Jane Seymour, David Hedison, Julius W Harris, Gloria Hendry, Earl Jolly Brown, Clifton James and Geoffrey Holder. Music is scored by George Martin and cinematography by Ted Moore.

Bond 8 and 007 is assigned to investigate the recent murders of MI6 agents in New Orleans, San Monique and New York. Suspicion falls on San Monique ruler Dr Kananga, a man who has definite links to Harlem crime lord Mr Big. As 007 digs deeper he uncovers a plot to corner the world's heroin market, but halting such a plan is hindered by the presence of voodoo in his midst.

Connery was gone, for good this time, no amount of cash would entice him to don the tuxedo for a "legitimate" Bond movie again....... This meant that producers Broccoli & Saltzman would be showcasing the third actor to play James Bond in a four year period! After the fall out of the casting of Lazenby in OHMSS, it was agreed that a established actor was needed this time around. Timothy Dalton was mooted, as he was for OHMSS (he was never offered the role though until 1986), but it came down to just two actors, Roger Moore & Michael Billington. Billington would screen test for the role of 007 a few times in his life but never landed the coveted role, as a sweetener he got to play a minor character in 1977's The Spy Who Loved Me. So Roger Moore it was, someone the producers knew quite well and who was well in vogue after starring in The Persuaders and The Saint. He also was honoured to play the role, wanted it badly and accepted the fanaticism that went with it.

Moore's take on Bond the man was a world away from Connery, and rightly so, but Live and Let Die is not far removed from Connery's last outing, Diamonds Are Forever. In truth it's a weak script, with Mankiewicz probably under orders from above to play to Moore's strengths and keep the overt humour and cartoon escapades as a selling point. The decision to pitch Bond into a world of voodoo is a good one, and it was not, as some believe, an attempt to grasp the tails of the Blacksploitation market that had made waves in the early 70s. It's a better film than Diamonds Are forever, without doubt. The villains are memorably played, though Kananga's (Koto) demise is indicative of the daftness that would blight many Bond movies from here on in, and in Hamilton's hands the action, especially an adrenalin pumping speedboat chase, is quality entertainment. Top blunderbuss theme tune, too, from Paul McCartney & Wings. While Felix Leiter is back on good charming form in the hands of Hedison (a real life friend of Moore and it shows).

Problems elsewhere, though, stop this from being a great Bond movie. Much of the film is made up of scenes that are played purely for smiles rather than for dramatic purpose. In short a Bond movie has stopped taking itself seriously. The introduction of Sheriff Pepper (James) is pointless, the beautiful Seymour shows promise but then becomes one of "those" Bond girls who is a liability to 007 outside of the bedroom, and the film is padded out with scenes that offer nothing important to the story. Hendry's Rosie Carver is a dope and poorly written, though it gave Bond his first inter-racial "dalliance", something that the producers were nervous about behind the scenes. While there's no Q! And George Martin's score is very hit and miss.

A new actor playing Bond and many failings in the picture, could Bond still succeed? Yes indeed! Moore, in spite of not getting good page to work from and getting stick from the critics, put his own stamp on the role by looking smooth, having an excellent vocal delivery and being someone the girls wanted to bed and the boys wanted to be. The box office sang to the tune of over $160 million, over $40 million more than Diamonds Are Forever. The tag-line ran "More Action, More Excitement, More Adventure", though not entirely accurate, there was indeed an abundance of fun play and gadgets are us (Felix Lighter, priceless). Bond was set to continue coining it in for the foreseeable future, but the dye had been cast and Bond ran the risk of becoming purely a cartoon caricature..... 7/10

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