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Live and Let Die (1973)

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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.

Director:

Guy Hamilton

Writer:

Tom Mankiewicz (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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Storyline

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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Details

Official Sites:

MGM [United States]

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Hungarian

Release Date:

27 June 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ian Fleming's Live and Let Die See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$35,377,836

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$35,377,836
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Eon Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The producers made a conscious decision to make Roger Moore's Bond significantly different from Sean Connery's. In this film, Bond never orders a vodka martini, but drinks bourbon whiskey, "neat" (no ice) instead. The mission briefing occurs in his flat, not the office (only the second time Bond's apartment is featured in the movies after an appearance in Dr. No (1962)). Bond does not wear a hat. He smokes cigars instead of cigarettes. See more »

Goofs

Most of the Tarot cards used in the movie are from the deck "Tarot of the Witches," by Fergus Hall. (They also have "007" printed on the backs.) Yet the "Death" card held by Baron Samedi, and later found by Bond and Leiter, is from a different deck. Hall's "Death" card features a scythe-wielding, cape-clad skeleton standing against a red sky. See more »

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[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...
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Crazy Credits

The End of Live and Let Die James Bond will return in The Man with the Golden Gun See more »

Alternate Versions

The ABC Bond Picture Show arings of "Live and Let Die" restore the opening scene where the agent is killed in New Orleans. The same version also deletes the word "mother" from the line "is this the stupid mother that tailed you from uptown?" See more »

Connections

Featured in In Search of James Bond with Jonathan Ross (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Just A Closer Walk With Thee
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Traditional
Arranged by Milton Batiste
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User Reviews

"Names is for tombstones, baby!"
8 August 1998 | by J.BondSee all my reviews

Ignoring a Roger Moore who presents a bit of a distraction for viewers watching the series in order, Live And Let Die is an excellent example of how pop culture helps the Bond series survive throughout the decades. The growing concern of a drug-using society at the time is featured, and an immensely popular Paul McCartney does the title theme - indicating that the Bond series need not be rooted solidly in the three-piece suit days of 1962. Jane Seymour gives an excellent performance in her "introductory" role (although it was her fourth film). A bit of black magic and voodoo intertwined with gadgetry and high-tech machinery will have the viewer wondering if, indeed, there was magic in the movie after all - indeed, the cards WERE always right under Solitaire's power. Magical or not, Live and Let Die provides an interesting doorway to the other five Moore pictures - J.W. Pepper returns and Tee Hee seems to be Jaws' forerunner.


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