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Live and Let Die (1973)

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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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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.

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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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All Critics (44) | 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
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The comic book plot meanders through a series of hardware production numbers.

Full Review… | October 13, 2008
Variety
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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
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Two hours long and anti-climactic, but Bond fans won't be disappointed.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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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
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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
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Audience Reviews for Live and Let Die

jane seymour....wow!

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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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!?!

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

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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.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

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