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.

Movie Info

Roger Moore makes his first appearance as "Bond...James Bond" in 1973's Live and Let Die. Bond is dispatched to the States to stem the activities of Mr. Big (Yaphet Kotto), who plans to take over the Western Hemisphere by converting everyone into heroin addicts. The woman in the case is Solitaire (Jane Seymour in her movie debut), an enigmatic interpreter of tarot cards. The obligatory destructive-chase sequence occurs at the film's midpoint, with Bond being chased in a motorboat by Mr. Big's … More

Rating: PG (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Tom Mankiewicz
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 19, 1999
MGM Home Entertainment


as James Bond

as Kananga

as Solitaire

as Pepper

as Baron Samedi

as Miss Moneypenny

as Felix Leiter

as Rosie Carver

as Quarrel Jr.

as Harold Strutter

as Mrs. Bell

as Salesgirl

as Cab Driver

as Beautiful Girl

as Singer
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Critic Reviews for Live and Let Die

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (7)

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.

Full Review… | October 13, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The comic book plot meanders through a series of hardware production numbers.

Full Review… | October 13, 2008
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 13, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Two hours long and anti-climactic, but Bond fans won't be disappointed.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

It doesn't have the wit and it doesn't have the style of the best Bond movies.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Live and Let Die


unconventional from most bond films in many of its details, the film offers a surprisingly effective set of baddies and the mesmerizing jane seymour as one of my favorite bond girls. the film lost itself during the boat chase scene (that also had its good moments), but overall the story was entertaining and moore handled the character well his first time out of the gate.

danny d

Super Reviewer

Okay, so despite my preference for less overtly silly and campy directions in the Bond films, this ranks as one of my personal favorites, simply because, despite some supernatural elements, this entry has, pound for pound, one of the more solid, realistic, and engaging plots.

Making his series debut, Roger Moore is pretty good as Bond, this time tasked with stopping a crime lord from turning most of the western hemisphere into heroin addicts. Due to the time period, and factors like the use of racial epithets, African American characters in major roles (including the main villain), and locations like Harlem, it would be okay to call this entry a Bond Blaxploitation film. That's kinda cool, especially in my eyes, being a big fan of blaxploitation.

This does unfortunately date the film severely, one of its main flaws, but it at least showed some creativity and nice change of direction. So, besides not aging well, the film does drag in a number of places, namely the boat chase, but Kotto plays a great antagonist, Julius Harris and Geoffrey Holder make for fantastic henchmen, and the novelty of James Bond cruising Harlem is just endlessly funny and enjoyable.

Despite being good, Moore is a little stiff, but he did get more comfortable. And, despite it's flaws, this is a really good film, and a great way to start off the Moore era.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer


Roger Moore's first outing as James Bond is one of the worst in the series thanks to a laughable story, bad pacing, and an overall lack of fun that Bond can provide when done correctly. The quality of the film really has nothing to do with Roger Moore, who makes a decent Bond (although no match for Sean Connery), but the screenplay and direction itself. There's a boat chase sequence in this film that felt like it lasted forever and it was so boring. Guy Hamilton knows how to make a good Bond film, but he seems lost for this one. Live and Let Die is almost a caricature of the films before it. This was truly the first Bond movie I didn't enjoy on any level and I wouldn't recommend anyone watch it unless you are a massive Bond fan or a completionist like myself.

Josh Lewis

Super Reviewer

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