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Live and Let Die (1973)

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James Bond is sent to stop a diabolically brilliant heroin magnate armed with a complex organisation and a reliable psychic tarot card reader.


Guy Hamilton


Tom Mankiewicz (screenplay by)
1,231 ( 95)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »





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


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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A total of over 54 cars were used (and mostly destroyed) for the film. See more »


When the helicopter shoots at Bond and Solitaire about half way through the film, Bond grabs Solitaire and throws her onto the ground. The ground is covered in bark and leaves so that when the helicopter has passed and they stand up, you can see the front of Solitaire's blouse is covered in debris. In the immediate next shot, her blouse is completely clean. See more »


[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

Jane Seymour is given an "introducing" credit, even though this was not her first film. See more »

Alternate Versions

Some US TV versions also omitted Bond and Solitaire's first encounter with Baron Samedi after their escape from Kananga's island. Also omitted was Baron Samedi's landing into the coffin full of snakes after his brief battle with Bond. See more »


Referenced in UK Milk Board 'Moonraker' Television Commercial (1979) See more »


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Roger Moore introduction as a likeable and sympathetic James Bond in this spectacular adventure
20 December 2005 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Various agents MI6 have dead . M (Bernard Lee) sends 007 (Roger Moore , he was forty-five when he made this his debut as Bond) with license for kill to investigate it . Suspicion lead to Doctor Kananga (Yaphet Kotto at 33 as Big/Dr. Kananga is the youngest actor to play a main Bond villain) whose public image is a humanitarian person who defends his country in the United Nations . He governs tyrannically the island of San Monique . There lives Solitaire (Jane Seymour) , being totally submitted from infancy by Kananga. She is a tarot-cards reading psychic and doesn't know about life and acts as a marionette , craving her own way of life. His tutor (Kotto) believes that her virginal state originates to her a sixth sense and he trusts this quality as an expert guesser to dodge the law enforcement . Others characters appear in the film are the followings : Baron Samedi (Geoffrey Holder) . He's a Voodoo's chaman who controls the San Monique people for executing the Kananga's orders . He takes his name of death's Voodoo God . The villainous Tee Hee (Julius Harris) , a giant killer , posteriorly copied in other Bond films (Richard Kiel in ¨Spy who loved me¨) . He deeply enjoys murdering with his steel arm that hooks the victims . Rosie Carver (Gloria Hendry) is an explosive and sexy CIA agent who brings to Bond towards the lush jungle of the perilous island. James Bond will confront numerous dangers , odds ,risks , as the taking on starving crocodiles located on a breeding place where there's a poster captioning : ¨Trespassers will be eaten¨. Besides, a breathtaking speedboat pursuit by leaps and bounds , developed on everglades (in New Orleans , Louisiana) , including intervention a headstrong sheriff (Clifton James) who pursues them by a police car . As always , 007 will use several gadgets delivered by ¨Q¨ (Desmond Llewelyn) , such as : a prodigious as well as magnetic wristwatch , Roger Moore's personal favorite , and air bombing cartridges, both objects with special importance in the film.

Sir Roger Moore as a new James Bond is cool , lacked coldness and toughness characterized by Sir Sean Connery ; however , earning in irony , suavity and smoothness . Sean Connery turned down the then astronomical sum of five and a half million dollars to perform James Bond. Sean Connery gave Sir Roger Moore his personal seal of approval for inheriting his character , calling him "an ideal Bond¨ and making him the oldest actor to do so. The youngest was George Lazenby , who was twenty-nine in 007 On Majestic's secret service (1969). It contains spectacular and exciting final confrontation between Bond and enemies in the underground cave that was paced in moving and stimulating manner . Agreeable and catching title song sung by Paul McCartney and his band Wings , and sensational musical score by George Martin. Colorful and brilliant cinematography by Ted Moore. The movie was well directed by Guy Hamilton who also made other James Bond films.

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English | Hungarian

Release Date:

27 June 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ian Fleming's Live and Let Die See more »


Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)

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1.66 : 1
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