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Live and Let Die (1973)
Critic Consensus: While not one of the highest-rated Bond films, Live and Let Die finds Roger Moore adding his stamp to the series with flashes of style and an improved sense of humor.
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as James Bond
as Tee Hee
as Baron Samedi
as Miss Moneypenny
as Felix Leiter
as Rosie Carver
as Quarrel Jr.
as Harold Strutter
as Mrs. Bell
as Cab Driver
as Beautiful Girl
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Critic Reviews for Live and Let Die
Guy Hamilton's direction lacks enthusiasm and pace, while even the art direction -- long the Bond films' real secret weapon -- seems to have fallen to a shrunken budget.
The comic book plot meanders through a series of hardware production numbers.
Setting aside an allright speedboat spectacular over land and water, the film is both perfunctory and predictable -- leaving the mind free to wander into the question of its overall taste. Or lack of it.
Two hours long and anti-climactic, but Bond fans won't be disappointed.
Live and Let Die has been especially well photographed and edited, and it makes clever and extensive use of its good title song, by Paul and Linda McCartney.
Audience Reviews for Live and Let Die
Roger Moore does a very good job in his first outing as James Bond, immediately implementing his expert-level of sly wit that would eventually sculpt 007 into a comedy action hero for the 70's.
When it comes to this one and the next (The Man with the Golden Gun), Moore is very much the singular best aspect about them. While certainly a step-above the disappointing "Diamonds are Forever," I don't tend to go back to Moore's first two outings that often.
Aside from the fantastic Paul McCartney theme song, Moore, a solid group of villains, and a decent boat chase, this particular entry is pretty average for the most part. The light horror elements sure add a unique flavor but the blaxploitation elements severely date the movie.
Also, I really hate Sheriff J.W. Pepper and it boggles my mind that he also appears in the next Bond film. Was this Dukes of Hazards reject really THAT popular!?!
I fell in love with this bond entry right from the start. Roger Moore kicks it up a notch in this new take on the James Bond character, making his this over-the-top action star, with a lot of wit. The action spread throughout this film is fantastic, especially a very memorable chase in the river, but by the end of the film, you just can't help but wonder why they took so much time on the action, before getting back to a forgotten storyline. Also, there are some very odd ritual scenes in which I wondered why they included, but still, I had a terrific time during my viewing of this film and the direction and editing has gotten much much better. "Live and Let Die" is a fine entry to the bond canon.
'Live and Let Die' does not provide much value other than showcasing Moore as his first outing as Bond, all devilish winks and suave tongue-in-cheek as he tries to take down a heroin plant in New Orleans.
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