At A Glance:
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
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
Universal Exports Summary and Review:|
Summary: With charm, wit and deadly assurance, Roger Moore steps in as the suave, sophisticated - and lethal - Agent 007 in a "thrilling, high-powered" showdown with an infamous drug lord who's determined to eliminate Bond and conquer the world!
Review: With more tounge-in-cheek innuendos and a less gritty portrayal, Live and Let Die introduces Roger Moore as the new James Bond, a role he takes in stride. The movie, as are many of Moore's films, lacks a certain edge that the Connery Bonds had. Still, Moore makes the character his own: a secret agent more likely to crack a one-liner than kill someone in cold blood. As for the movie, although it was the most realistic film to date, the racial undertones and stereotypes make it a bit awkward. Even Yaphet Kotto protested the way African-Americans were portrayed in the movie. Racial issues aside, the movie was pretty much non-stop action. There wasn't all that much character development although the idea of Kananga and Mr Big being the same person is very interesting. The highlight of the film was the speedboat chase through the Louisiana Bayou. This also introduced, for better or worse, Sheriff JW Pepper. Moore needs to settle into the character a bit more but it was not a bad performance for his first Bond movie.
Universal Exports Rating: 004
First appearance of Roger Moore as James Bond
First time the Q character does not appear at all
First appearance of David Hedison as Felix Leiter
First time Bond smokes a cigar
First time Bond does not appear in the pre-title sequence
First times a bond song is nominated for an academy award
First time sub-titles are used to denote scene's location
In early drafts of the script Solitare was Haitian and Rosie Carver was Caucasian.|
Jane Seymore was only 20 years old when filming began. She celebrated her 21st birthday on set.
Before Roger Moore even got to say his first line as 007, he had to be rushed to the hospital due to a kidney stone attack.
Whenever something went wrong during filming, at least one crew member would call out, "Send for Sean" as a joke.
Quarrel Jr. is the son of Quarrel from Dr. No.