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.
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 *****