"Voodoo curse" nearly nips Roger Moore's career as "James Bond" . . .
. . . in the bud, as Moore's big screen debut as Agent 007 (he had played James earlier in a satirical skit on the short lived British TV summer fill-in sketch comedy "MAINLY MILLICENT" in July, 1964) was plagued by all kinds of setbacks. Moore himself was hospitalized during the shoot with kidney stones, INSIDE LIVE AND LET DIE narrator Patrick Macnee points out. During this film's central set piece, a boat chase down the bayous of Louisiana, boat after boat crashed into trees while trying to slither across "the point" hosting the wedding party. Stuntmen were shaken up if not injured outright, as was the stunt double decker bus chase motorcyclist in Jamaica, who plopped into an Un-scouted portion of the bay as directed--and got cut up by coral just beneath the surface! One actor was bitten by a snake, also during a Jamaican scene, which subsequently slithered nearly onto tied-between-two-posts actress Jane Seymour (who played the "seer" Solitaire), before a handler recaptured it. (I bet Jane did NOT "see" that one coming!)
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