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[James Bond Movies]
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Mission: Live and Let Die
Released: July 12, 1973
Bond: Roger Moore
Director: Guy Hamilton
Budget: $7 Million
Worldwide Boxoffice: $126.4 Million
Running Time: 121 Minutes


Villain: Mr. Big/Dr. Kananga
Organization: Self-Employed
Scheme: Total control of the heroin market
Henchmen: Tee Hee, Whisper
Girls: Miss Caruso, Rosie Carver, Solitaire
Allies: Felix Leiter, Quarrel Jr.
Bond's Kill Count: 7
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Cliff Blake

Moore's spectacular debut. His transition is helped by the supporting cast. Yaphett Kotto is a terrific villian whose death does not do the character justice. And Jane Seymour. Wow. Tied with Maraym D'abo as my favorite Bond girl. She radiates true innocence. Tee-Hee is a memorable henchman, and David Hedison was the best Leiter since Jack Lord. Sadly, the best supporting actor of all, Desmond Llewelyn, is nowhere to be seen.

The boat chase is spectacular, as is the final fight with Tee-Hee. The story is not quite as good, but the drug plot makes for a believable villan. All in all, one of the best Bond movies.

My rating: My sixth favorite: Better than A View to A Kill, not as good as Dr. No.


Scott Powell
Say Goodbye to Sean Connery and say hello to the real James Bond! Roger Moore stepped into the role of Bond without any difficulty whatsoever, and boy, did he do a good job. He brought to the character, a quality that was only partially there with Connery-Humanity. Sean Connery was very good yes, but he was always trying to be some kind of super hero that the role just didn't call for. A more down to earth, care-free James Bond was found in Moores' performance. In a sentence......Connery was too serious. He should have shown more enjoyment in the role he was playing, like Moore did so well. Now that is not to say that his performances were not dramatic and serious. When it came time to be serious, Moore delivered. Great examples of that can be found throughout his career as Bond, and especially here in Live and Let Die, and in 1981's For Your Eyes Only.

Bond is sent to investigate connections involved in three murders of three fellow agents, and as the plot exposes itself, he finds a connection between these killings and the powerful Kananga, known around the streets as "Mr. Big" (Yaphet Kotto). Kananga's plan involves millions in self produced Heroin, and he relies on his Taro card reader, Solitaire (Jane Seymour) to bring him news of what the future holds. As Bond gets closer to the truth, he complicates matters when he meets Solitare and promises to rescue her from the evil confines of Kanangas' powerful hold over her. In order to do this and finish Mr.Bigs' plan at the same time, Bond is forced to deal with the dark powers of Voodoo; with which come henchman like the Baron Samedi, and Tee-Hee, a metal-armed maniac whose determination has Bond 1rst on his hit list.

What makes this movie great? Well, take Roger Moore and put him in a high adrenaline action movie with impressive actors and exciting locales, and you can't go wrong! The plot is very well presented and unlike some previous films in the series, there is a new humor and charisma to Bond, that keeps the audience interested and most importantly, entertained throughout. Not only is Live and Let Die filled with excitement and action, but is also introduces Jane Seymour-The BEST Bond girl in the series hands down. She is beautiful and intelligent, and she seems so comfortable portraying her character in front of a great cast which never hurts. She is the true essence of what a Bond Girl should be! The ending is so spectacular and one scene involving a knife cut on the arm, without saying too much, expresses the increadible acting skills of Roger Moore as James Bond, and why he is the man for the role! An aspect of this film that is often not emphasised enough is how well George Martin scored the music. He did a remarkable job and I only wish that modern Bond movies would have more suspenseful scenes hightened by pulse pounding music as this one did.

Live and Let Die is perfect. As are the performances, action, suspense, and so many other elements that add up for a great movie like this. Everything was in synch so well and it proved to the Bond world that there IS life after Connery..........And what a better life it is!

***** out of *****

Universal Exports Movie Coverage:
The Official SeriesEverything Else
Dr. No (1962)
From Russia With Love (1963)
Goldfinger (1964)
Thunderball (1965)
You Only Live Twice (1967)
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
Diamonds are Forever (1971)
Live and Let Die (1973)
The Man With The Golden Gun (1974)
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
Moonraker (1979)
For Your Eyes Only (1981)
Octopussy (1983)
A View to A Kill (1985)
The Living Daylights (1987)
Licence to Kill (1989)
GoldenEye (1995)
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
The World is Not Enough (1999)
Die Another Day (2002)
Casino Royale (2006)
Quantum of Solace (2008)
Skyfall (2012)
SPECTRE (2015)
Casino Royale (1954)
Casino Royale (1967)
Never Say Never Again (1983)

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