Live and Let Die

1973

Live and Let Die

Critics 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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65%

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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 henchmen, slashing his way through the marshlands and smashing up a wedding party. Clifton James makes the first of several Bond appearances as redneck sheriff Pepper, while Geoffrey Holder is an enthusiastic secondary villain. The title song, written by Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney, provides the frosting on this 007 confection.

Cast

Roger Moore
as James Bond
Yaphet Kotto
as Kananga
Jane Seymour
as Solitaire
Geoffrey Holder
as Baron Samedi
Lois Maxwell
as Miss Moneypenny
David Hedison
as Felix Leiter
Gloria Hendry
as Rosie Carver
Roy Stewart
as Quarrel Jr.
Lon Satton
as Harold Strutter
Ruth Kempf
as Mrs. Bell
Kubi Chaza
as Salesgirl
Arnold Williams
as Cab Driver
Madeline Smith
as Beautiful Girl
B.J. Arnau
as Singer
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  • Nov 19, 2015
    Powered by the best of James Bond theme songs, Roger Moore makes an impressive and entertaining debut in this, a decently paced but often kooky and dated adaptation of Ian Fleming's second novel. Diamonds are Forever charted an overly campy course for the series, but Live and Let Die course corrects a bit, the humor and storytelling coming closer to a bullseye. The film still falls short of the center target but the new lead deftly fills some impossible shoes. Boasting far less macho swagger but far more comedic debonair, his Bond fits in perfectly with the authority-bucking times, even if much of the '70s-rooted goings-on now seems dated. In this PG-rated spy adventure, 007 (Moore) gets sent to stop a diabolically brilliant heroin magnate (Kotto) armed with a complex organization and a reliable psychic tarot card reader. Like the tuxedo-wearing men's only clique known as the Rat Pack, Bond's custom suit-wearing, club-card carrying playboy had become uncool or even passé by this juncture. So, rather than make him hip, they just make him cheekier with a devil-may-care attitude toward the changing mores. Though this would cause the franchise to almost become a spoof unto itself later on its run, it allows the franchise to re-establish itself and live and let live as of this outing. Despite its charismatic lead and some winning villains, however, the voodoo of the plot amounts to some bad juju. In this equation, espionage plus supernatural often equals some hokey suspense. Still, the boat chase and crocodile hopping make for some killer action sequences. Bottom line: Lives to Tell
    Jeff B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 14, 2015
    It took a while for the Bond films to get back into form, but Live and Let Die was a big leap forward toward the greatness that were the first 3 films. We had a new Bond in Roger Moore here, and a great one I may add. I never really bought into Lazenby as Bond in 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service', but it took a matter of minutes before I bought into Moore as 007. In many ways I think this film harkens back to Dr. No. It has the one villain focus, instead of the Spectre approach (which is good in its own right). But it also takes place on plenty of mysterious locations, very similar to Dr. No. While the plot doesn't have a global scale like almost every other Bond film does, Yaphet Kotto gives us a menacing turn as a drug lord who's killing ways are different than anything we have seen before in a Bond film. For me, it was a good change of pace from the Blofeld movies. Even though it's a much different story than the other films, Mr. Big was perhaps my favorite villain since Goldfinger, and most definitely the best overall film since then. I even found the smiling sidekick to be entertaining. I will say, I found it strange as to the drug lords obsession with using reptiles and amphibians to kill their enemies. First snakes, then crocodiles, and sharks? This film is famous for a few reasons, but it's theme song being near the top. It flows well with the themes of the actual film to go along with it's catchy hook. But I think some recognition should be given to Jane Seymour, who at 22 years of age, holds her own against Moore and Kotto. Not to mention the fact that she is still gorgeous to this day. Most of all, I think this film is more fun than the past few films. It's not as dry and far more realistic than previous entries. The action scenes aren't anything extraordinary and the few policeman sequences are just plain dumnb, but Live and Let Die is loads of fun. +Refreshing entry +Good and unique Bond villian +Seymour +Theme song -Kooky police officers -Not a ton of action 7.3/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • Aug 03, 2015
    Roger Moores first Bond doesn't do well to try win over hardcore fans in this very boring and silly film, Moore seems too up tight to play Bond he has what Bond should have like looks, Charm, Arrogance but when it's time for action he appears toothless, Speaking of the action apart from a good speed boat chase which was ruind by adding stereotypical redneck cops that made it just feel silly the rest what little there was isn't very good at all, The plot would of been good if had the right writers, It's over long, Had a silly ending and a silly watch gadget that made us feel like the 007 franchise is going in the wrong direction with its tongue in cheek humour that never works, God knows how Roger Moore was allowed to make more Bond films, The only thing that people will remember will be the soundtrack.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 06, 2015
    '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.
    Kase V Super Reviewer

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