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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.

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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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Ian Fleming's Live and Let Die  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

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$35,377,836

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$126,377,836
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At thirty-three, Yaphet Kotto (Mr. Big/Dr. Kananga)) is the youngest actor to play a main Bond villain. See more »

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Adam is shown speeding across the Louisiana state line on solid land which appears to be adjacent to a levee. This would suggest that the alligator farm is in Mississippi east of Louisiana. So in order to cross the state line, Adam would have had to cross a bridge. (Louisiana actually has land borders with both Texas and Arkansas and it has rivers, including The Red River, which are flood-controlled using levees. While Arkansas is unlikely to have an alligator farm in it, SE Texas experiences the same climate as Louisiana and could easily have been the setting of the scenes) See more »

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Live and Let Die
Music by Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney
Lyrics by Paul McCartney
Performed by Paul McCartney
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Lean, mean, but lacklustre
31 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

Roger Moore's debut as 007 was a bit wan but, in retrospect, probably his best outing. He looked pretty lean and mean for a 45 year-old. For a British audience, Moore (The Saint, The Persuaders) was the natural successor to Sean Connery.

Director Guy Hamilton makes this an expertly staged but somehow lacklustre affair. While the background voodoo theme is suitably bizarre, the main McGuffin about drugs smuggling is rather under-whelming for a Bond movie. Yaphet Kotto is a potentially strong baddie but has too little to do amid the familiar carnage and boat chases. And the introduction of the series' first out-rightly comic character in Sheriff JW Pepper presaged the self-defeating lapse into self-spoofing the films would increasingly take.

Nor does a heavy-handed score by Beatles producer George Martin help. Unlike regular Bond composer John Barry's music, Martin's is ponderous, overlaid onto the action rather than organic to it.

Still, Paul McCartney's blistering title-song really jolts Bond into the 70s. And Live and Let Die does have one of the best jokes in the entire series, in the opening sequence when a CIA agent, watching a New Orleans jazz funeral, innocently asks a nondescript fellow bystander: "Who's funeral is it…?"


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