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Live and Let Die (1973)

Roger Moo7re is James Bond

Original Title : Live and Let Die
Director : Guy Hamilton
Writer : Ian Fleming
Tom Mankiewicz
Genre : Action
Adventure/Crime/Thriller
Country : UK
Language : English
Producer : Albert R. Broccoli , Harry Saltzman
Music : George Martin
Photography : Ted Moore
Distributor : United Artists Corporation
IMDB ID : 0070328
Official site : http://www.mgm.com/title_title.do?title_star=LIVEANDL
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Starring

Roger Moore James Bond
Yaphet Kotto Kananga/Mr. Big
Jane Seymour Solitaire
Clifton James Sheriff J.W. Pepper
Julius Harris Tee Hee (as Julius W. Harris
Geoffrey Holder Baron Samedi
David Hedison Felix Leiter
Gloria Hendry Rosie Carver
Bernard Lee M
Lois Maxwell Miss Moneypenny
Tommy Lane Adam
Earl Jolly Brown Whisper
Roy Stewart Quarrel Jr.
Lon Satton Harold Strutter
Arnold Williams Cab Driver
Ruth Kempf Mrs. Bell
Joie Chitwood Charlie
Madeline Smith Miss Caruso
Michael Ebbin Dambala
Kubi Chaza Sales Girl
Brenda Arnau Fillet of Soul Singer (as B.J. Arnau
Robert Dix Hamilton (uncredited
Dennis Edwards Baines (uncredited
Lance Gordon Eddie, State Trooper (uncredited
Stephen Hendrickson Mr. Bleeker (uncredited
Della McCrae Tribal Dancer (uncredited
Marc Smith UN Worker (uncredited
Don Topping San Monique Emcee (uncredited
Gabor Vernon Hungarian Delegate (uncredited
Sylvia Kuumba Williams Crying Woman (uncredited
 

Plot

Three British agents investigating drug smuggling are killed under mysterious circumstances. Each murder is linked to a Harlem crime boss, Mr. Big, and an international diplomat, Kananga. The British send agent James Bond to investigate. When 007 arrives in New York he is nearly killed by one of Mr. Big's hoods, but the attempt gives Bond a lead and he soon discovers a plot to flood the US mainland with a billion dollars' worth of heroin.
 

Comments

When Bond and Blaxploitation meet ..., 5 April 2002 Author: BobLib from Cherry Hill, New Jersey ...the result leaves everyone involved shaken, not stirred. Seriously, though, this first of the Roger Moore Bonds, even if it does show its age in some places, still remains solid entertainment almost thirty years after it was released.Released at the height of the early-'70's Blaxploitation genre ("Trouble Man," "The Legend of Nigger Charlie." C'mon, you know 'em all.), "Live and Let Die" retains all the stereotypes of that particular genre, stereotypes that would be amusingly sent-up in 1989's "I'm Gonna Git Ya, Sucka!" What seemed timely, to some, in 1973 now seems quaint at best, racist at worst. Still, this only mildly detracts from the usual Bondian antics, which include at least one car chase, a lot of explosions, and a spectacular 20 minute boat chase through the Louisiana bayous that is, for me, THE action highlight of the picture.Then, there are the performances. Although this was Roger Moore's first time out as 007, he already seems very much at ease with the role, already giving it the light, good-humored feel that would carry through all his Bond portrayals over the next twelve years. Almost as good is excellent, underused Yaphet Kotto as the principal villain of the piece, island despot Dr. Kananga/Harlem despot Mr. Big. Jane Seymour, in her film debut, is little more than the usual "Bond Girl" window dressing as Solitaire, and both Julius Harris and Geoffrey Holder lend their considerable presence as secondary baddies.In short, enjoy this movie for what it is, good middle-period Bond in which the good parts outweigh the defects by a considerable margin.
 
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