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Plot: Several British agents have been murdered and James Bond is sent to New York, 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 and her tarot cards. Bond must travel deep inside New York, through marshy grass and on water as he completes his mission. Runtime: 121 mins Release Date: 26 Jun 1973
One of my favorite James Bond movies (by kurciasbezdalas)
I can't understand why some other people didn't like it. Actually this is the first Bond movie I've seen, it made a big impression on me and it still does. I found this movie being one of the most colorful Bond movies. There were few colorful villains, lots of action, some humor, and of course - Roger Moore who is my favorite James Bond. The story isn't typical for James Bond movies, it's more mystical this time, but I liked that. Of course nowadays when you watch this movie it may look cheesy in some scenes, but the action sequences where very exiting. Another reason why <more>
I liked this movie was the main theme song - Paul McCartney's Live and Let Die, which is yet my favorite James Bond theme.
Roger Moore, the often derided James Bond. Why? I don't know why, he had wit, he had charm, he was capable of pulling off a decent action sequence followed by a quality one-liner. Often, those who don't like him will point to a particular thing he did once, maybe twice, and exaggerate it into a really big deal. He is often seen as the "Goofy Bond", not really so, in fact he was usually playing it straight. Sure there was humor, but there has always been a certain amount of self-aware wit in the series. Here we are introduced to James Bond as played by Roger Moore, and <more>
he's tough, he's believable, he's driven, and although we're watching the most unrealistic and over-the-top film creation until Rambo, he's real. I've always liked Roger Moore as James Bond. I must confess that a part of it is nostalgia, his were the first films I saw with the recognition of it being a Bond picture I was 7 . But I always liked his style, I forget exactly where I first heard it, but his take on Bond was different from Connery's and Lazenby's because although he was handsome and charming, you didn't just know he'd end up in bed with his leading lady, but you also suspected that if things could work out just right, he'd end up happily married with her. That particular aspect is from and center in Live and Let Die, his particular leading lady, Solitaire is young and naive, but she is also clearly in love with Bond, and Roger seems to portray a sensitive, though playful version of that back, showing that he too really cares about her. Aside from the fine performance by Moore, we have all the other actors giving good performances. Lois Maxwell again returns as Miss Moneypenny and gives the opening of the film a little more heart, playing up her flirtatious relationship with James, and acknowledging his lady-loving lifestyle without really condemning it. Bernard Lee give M his usual dignity without taking it too far. The only of the "regulars" missing is Desmond Lewellyn as Q, and although I miss him, it's nice to see some decent, though not too absurd gadgets that were created by him. Round out the "007 Support Crew" is David Hedison as Felix Lieter, the only actor show up in the role twice, and he does a good job. Our story features the duel investigations into crime boss Mr. Big, and head of an island nation, Kananga. It turns out that the two cases are connected as Kananga is Big, and that Bond is drawn into a tale of Kananga smuggling drugs into Harlem, using VooDoo as a means of keeping the locals in fear of him. Working with Kananga is Solitaire, played by a very young Jane Seymore who I maintain is the hottest Bond Girl ever . Solitaire is a master of the tarot card, and can apparently see the future. Which Bond uses to his advantage, stacking a deck so that he and Solitaire appear destined to be lovers. They quickly grow together, creating one of the stronger Bond screen relationships. Kananga's efforts to get rid of Bond create some of the most memorable stunts of the series which itself if known for many high quality stunts ; Bond escapes certain doom on an alligator farm in Louisianna by running over the heads of several partially submerged alligators. And he escapes several thugs through one of the most amazing boat chases ever filmed. Of course things turn out alright for Bond, as they are often to do. As we are treated some of the great moments of the series. First and foremost is the greatest theme of the series, the title tune, sung by Paul McCartney and his group Wings. We get some of the better gadgets, including the watch that is both a powerful magnet and a buzz saw. We get some of the better one-liners, and did I mention the hottest Bond Girld ever?
The Unsurpassed 007 Movie. I Kid You Not. (by RiffRaffMcKinley)
At the *very* least, it's better than "Thunderball." But, of course, this film which, if I'm not mistaken, introduces us to Roger Moore as James Bond beats the rest of them, even the Connery ones! "Dr. No" and "Goldfinger" are amazing, but they still can't surpass the absorbing, outsider-friendly world of "Live and Let Die," a world of pure action in which 007 battles voodoo drug dealers. From explosive cliffhangers to dazzling ritual scenes, this film has it all.It even has great performances. Moore is all right, but the real winners here <more>
are Jane Seymour as the tarot-reading Miss Solitaire and Yaphet Kotto as Dr. Kananga and with a name like Kananga in a movie like this, you know he's got to be trouble .On an impossible front, this film *even* has the best 007 theme song in the oeuvre... no small feat, considering I myself have never really been able to stand Paul McCartney.Say "Live and Let Die"!
With Sir Sean Connery out of the picture unless you count Never Say Never Again and George Lazenby forgotten, we needed a new Bond to fill the famous shoes. They chose a very good Sir Roger Moore. He's the one with just as much charm and humour as the original guy. This time he is in the Caribbean facing the only black villain of the collection, Kananga Yaphet Kotto . Also he is introduced to the beautiful and mysterious card reader, Solitaire Jane Seymour . This is a very good start for the new Bond, filled with marvellous scenery and very good action sequences, including a fight <more>
with the villain Tee Hee and his metal arm. Also including a good chase sequence involving boats. Also starring Bernard Lee as M and Lois Maxwell as Miss Moneypenny, but no Q! James Bond was number 3 on 100 Years, 100 Heroes & Villains, he was number 21 on The 100 Greatest Sex Symbols, and he was number 21 on The 100 Greatest Pop Culture Icons, the film was number 3 on James Bond's Greatest Hits for Paul McCartney and Wings' Oscar nominated title song, and it was number 69 on The Ultimate Film. Very good!
Names is for tombstones baby!!!!! (by FlashCallahan)
When Bond investigates the murders of three fellow agents, he soon finds himself a target, evading vicious assassins as he closes in on the powerful Kananga. Known as "Mr. Big," Kananga is coordinating a globally threatening scheme using tons of self-produced heroin. As Bond tries to unravel the mastermind's plan, he meet Solitaire, a beautiful Tarot card reader whose gifts are crucial to the crime lord.........After the traditional opening credits, it takes about five minutes until you realise that Moore will play his Bond with tongue firmly in cheek. And on several occasions, <more>
it's a good thing, because if it wasn't for his wit and flamboyance, a few of his later movies would have fell flat.LALD is one of his finest entries, easily amalgamating the popular blaxploitation efforts from that era, and implementing them in this. And the outcome is Bond not being too unstoppable, after all, these criminals answer the man back, and give him just as much sarcasm.Aside from the borderline racism, and sexism included in the movie, it's exciting, with a brilliant speedboat chase. And any film that features an exploding sofa AND an exploding villain in the space of five minutes, isn't going to be bad.Moore looks totally at ease as the secret agent, Kotto is okay as the main villain, but his henchman more than make up for the lack of charisma he has.Plus, it has one of the best Bond scores from the Moore era.
Roger Moore's debut as Ian Fleming's James Bond in "Live and Let Die" a film made in 1973. Moore replaced Sean Connery who chose not to continue as Bond. In the film, James Bond is pitted against Dr. Kananga who is giving away heroin under the disguise of Mr. Big. This is to eliminate competition in the drug trade. Yaphet Kotto played Dr. Kananga/Mr. Big. Bond investigated the deaths of three agents. They are some how connected to Kananga's drug activities. It is up to Bond to find the connection. The film takes you to New York, New Orleans, and a Caribbean Island. Each <more>
of these locations was where an agent was killed. Bond travels to San Monique where he discovers the Heroin. In New York he encounters a voodoo shop, in New Orleans, he finds Mr. Big and connects the dots. The film had the first African American Bond villain. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song. The "Live and Let Die" by Paul McCartney is one of my favorite Bond themes, because it really connects scenes though out the film and is one of the most popular and more recognized Bond theme songs. The special effects, stunts, and opening of the film are still amazing even in this era of computer generation. Roger Moore is the second actor to have played James Bond not including one hit wonder George Lazenby. It was also Jane Seymour's first film where she played the fortuneteller Solitaire. It also had Bernard Lee as M and Lois Maxwell as Moneypenny. Bond film producer Albert Broccoli should be proud to have produced this film. I say that if you can find it give it a watch; it's a true recommend, for James Bond fans.
Positively surreal Blaxploitation Bond (by CuriosityKilledShawn)
And none the worse for it, since every Bond film needs a fresh spin on the same old formula. Roger Moore's first outing as JB is, in equal measures, comical and action-packed. You'll never get bored. But it's definitely the weirdest Bond ever with loads of utterly bizarre moments.It begins with M turning up at JB's house in the early hours while he's pumping some Italian agent for information don't you just love his initialled dressing gown . Before sending him to America to investigate a Harlem pimp known as Mister Big he delivers some gadgets from Q-Branch, <more>
including a very useful watch. Q himself, or Major Boothroyd if you want to call him by his proper name, doesn't make any appearance in this one.Standing out like a Muslim in an airport, almost every single black person JB encounters in Harlem is on Mister Big's payroll. And they've got a seemingly endless bag of tricks to play on him. The funny thing about Moore is that he's very proper and British and doesn't think anything of walking into a tough Harlem bar while dressed up like the Duke of Edinburgh. His stunned reactions when they mess with his head are seriously funny.The action then moves to Lousiana and a savage Caribbean island as JB uncovers a massive heroin plot. There's a particularly long speedboat chase across a bayou where JB encounters Sheriff J.W. Pepper, the most stereotypical southern redneck ever. Think of Texas Businessman from The Simpsons and you get the idea. JB also gets to dodge a hundred hungry Gators and do, many times over, Solitaire, Mister Big's Tarot card reader.I'm not sure what kind of formidable villain uses a Tarot card reader to help him do business but when you also surround yourself with a hook-handed maniac called Tee-Hee, a quiet fat guy called Whisper and a seemingly unkillable voodoo high priest called Baron Samedi then you really do become a serious baddie. Right? He even goes on a big speech about how his master plan works before attempting to kill JB slowly. Obviously this makes much more sense than just shooting him right away. When will they learn?Despite being the oldest actor to debut as Bond at 46 , Moore does look younger than Connery. And while Sean was gruff and Scottish, Moore is perpetually calm and refined, even in the face of danger fingers being chopped-off, snake in the bath, being eaten by gators/sharks . Everything that the British once thought they were. He has a certain sarcastic edge that the other Bond actors lacked. While some of his films may have been the sillier of the franchise, Moore has always been my favorite. And the massive revolver and holster he uses at the end is so much more masculine than the usual, wimpy as hell, Walther PPK.And, as much as I am no fan of Paul McCartney, you gotta love that theme song! Exciting and iconic at the same time. And also yet another juxtaposition in the weirdest Bond movie ever. MI6, Harlem, Pimps, Paul McCartney, Gators, Heroin, Voodoo, Snakes, Sharks, Clairvoyance, Rednecks, Afros, Fake Afros, Fillet of Soul, Human Scarifice, Scarecrows and a small-headed man in a Top-Hat who lost a fight with chickens. Is this a Bond film or did the whole world just go insane?
Moore introduces his trademark cigar into his interpretation of 007... (by Nazi_Fighter_David)
'Live and Let Die' is the only film that matches Bond exclusively against African-American drug czars... It is the only other movie besides 'Dr. No' with no briefing with Q, no meeting in M's office, and no musical score from the great John Barry... The motion picture begins with one of the most arresting openings of any Bond film, the killing of three British agents: one in Harlem New York, one in New Orleans and one on the island of San Monique...Bond is called to investigate the deaths of the three British spies... He is menaced by a venomous snake in his hotel room, <more>
and cornered in the middle of a pool full of alligators... He stumbles upon a heroin trade operation presided by two contrasting personalities, Dr. Kananga and Mr. Big...Yaphet Kotto is ruthless and calculating as the black master criminal... His position is shored up by the application of fortune-telling and magic charms... Under the alias of Harlem hood Mr. Big, Kananga plans to flood the US with free heroin... His entourage includes the mystical Baron Samedi Geoffrey Holder who may or may not be a supernatural being, and Tee Hee Julius W. Harris one of the best henchmen in a Bond film... Tee Hee is an intimidating giant enforcer with quite a 'right hand'... He seems amused by 'the least little thing,' after he twists Bond's gun barrel...Before he became James Bond on screen, Roger Moore was a successful television actor who was respected for his work in such series as "Maverick," "The Persuaders," and, especially, "The Saint." In his first appearance as 007, Moore wears a refined black jacket, dark gloves, and a magnetic wristwatch... He carries a shark gun that fires compressed-air bullets, and drinks the martini shaken not stirred... He enjoys a large cigar after a hot bath... He tries hard to conceal the presence of his early "guest," and goes into trouble when he tricks a mystical mistress using a fake deck of tarot cards... He claims to be a 'gentleman' when he refuses to tell his interrogator whether or not he's deflowered his chaste priestess... He becomes highly in danger in the land of black magic and fetishes...Jane Seymour looks innocent in the ways of the world... She is lovely as the clairvoyant heroine Solitaire, whose powers fade after being romanced by the suave, and handsome English 007 Spy...Rosie Carver is Playboy bunny Gloria Hendry, the weak CIA agent whose loyalty is controlled by a few bloody feathers...Madeleine Smith is the voluptuous Miss Caruso who's undone by Bond's sheer magnetism... She is seduced with the aid of a watch that magnetically tugged down her zipper...This eighth James Bond film is an entertaining spy adventure which went so far as to fail to include Q, forever played by actor Desmond Llewelyn...
One of the better Bond films starring Roger Moore (by MartinHafer)
Despite the film having a lot of "mumbo jumbo" such as voodoo and fortune telling , it is a standout film and much, much better than the last Bond film, DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER. While I would agree that Sean Connery is the best of the Bonds, his last film was simply awful--with lousy writing and too much self-parody to be taken seriously. Here, Roger Moore steps into the role and was blessed with much better writing and a nice lack of the gadgetry that so hindered the franchise. Over the years, gadgets took precedence over intelligent writing--here, there is no 'Q' and the <more>
film seems more menacing and realistic.So what are the short-comings? Well, as I mentioned above, there is a lot of silliness with the fortune telling and voodoo. Also, the Southern sheriff bit with Clifton James which was repeated, oddly, in the next film , was played for laughs--disrupting the general flow of the film.Still, it's a better Bond film--one of Moore's best.