Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die

DVD - 2008
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James Bond battles the forces of black magic that hurtles him from the streets of New York City to Louisiana's bayou country. Agent 007 takes on a powerful drug lord with a diabolical scheme to conquer the world.
Publisher: Santa Monica, California :, distributed by MGM Home Entertainment ;, Beverly Hills, California :, distributed by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment,, 2008.
Copyright Date: ©1973
ISBN: 9780792842781
0792842782
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (DVD) (122 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
video file, DVD, region 1, rda
DVD, NTSC, rda
1.85:1 widescreen, rda
digital, video, mono, Dolby Digital, rda

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VonHafenstaaad
May 29, 2017

One of the greatest James Bond movies of all time. The action takes you from Harlem to Jamaica to New Orleans and back to Jamaica again, each time incorporating the local color and culture, and introducing characters that are both hilarious, like Sgt. Pepper the ne'er do well Louisiana Sheriff, and mesmerizing, like Baron Samedi. Featuring a stellar cast with outstanding performances by Geoffrey Holder as the Voodoo high priest, and Yaphet Kotto, who creates a James Bond villain for the ages. This was Roger Moore's first go as James Bond and he fit the role like a glove. In addition, the theme song is performed twice, once by composer Paul McCartney and Wings, and again by Brenda Arnau in a Harlem nightclub, who infused the song with a distinct jazzy feel. A true delight.

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lukasevansherman
Jul 13, 2014

The 8th Bond film (after 6 with Connery and one with poor George Lazenby) and the first with Roger Moore, who was considered earlier for the role, but was committed to "The Saint." After setting trends for a decade, Bond films of the 70s started following them: this capitalizes on the then current Blaxploitation craze, "Golden Gun" incorporated kung-fu, and "Moonraker" was set in space. This entry also represents the gradual Americanization of Bond, as he drinks bourbon instead of martinis and spends most of the film in the U.S. and the Caribbean. Moore isn't bad, but he is a little cheesy and so is the movie, with unnecessarily long chase scenes (involving a boat), bad puns, and a ridiculous redneck sheriff character. He seems totally lost in Harlem ("Honkey up in Harlem" was a rejected title) and gets captured like 18 times. He's a terrible spy, as everyone knows who he is. Luckily the bad guys are equally terrible at killing him, employing a series of unreliable animals, including a snake, gators, and perennial favorite sharks. Yaphet Kotto is a good actor, but too understated to be a Bond villain and really he's just a drug-smuggling gangster. You could see the use of a large black cast as both progressive and a little stereotypical, as there is some voodoo stuff and a scene with a white woman being threatened by a black horde. What it does have going for it is a great theme song, cool opening titles, and the lovely Jane Seymour in her debut. It's entertaining, but disappointing after the Connery ones. Guy Hamilton, who directed three other
Bond films, is behind the camera. Followed by "The Man With the Golden Gun."

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22950006357453
Sep 22, 2013

he's very smarmy

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e_long
Mar 06, 2013

What a stinker.

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akirakato
Aug 23, 2012

As usual, there are a lot of chase scenes.
Here comes a double decker, which goes through under a low bridge.
Obviously, the upper deck cannot go through.
I wonder what will happen to the upper deck.
Amazingly, the bridge knocks off the upper deck, which falls down behind the bus.
I cannot help but laugh my head off.
Then James Bond gets into a cessna and must take tha plane out of the hanger.
Suddenly, the enemy is about to close the door, which almost shuts up when the plane reaches the door.
There isn't enough space for the plane to go through the closing door.
What will happen to the cessna.
James doesn't stop the plane and gets it out of the door by all means.
Naturally, the whole thing is just too big for the closing door.
Both wings break off and I cannot help but laugh my legs off.

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phyllis49
Mar 20, 2012

Encore

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AtomicFez
Aug 21, 2011

After "Diamonds are Forever" (which seemed to last about as long), we strap the franchise to the table and run about a million amps thorough the thing by presenting a new actor! HOORAY! It's alive!

Roger Moore is slim, trim, attractive (-ish) and energetic. Oddly, he's the oldest any Bond has been when they've started, so this energy thing shouldn't be present. Ah well, it works, so why question it?

It's important to remember that this was made in the mid-'70s, otherwise you look at this film and think "how in the HELL can they use dialogue like that to denote the 'urban black culture'?" There's some down-right awful stereotypes here, including a southern Sheriff, but it's likely that any of them are accurate to some degree even at the time of filming, to the detriment of *everyone's* dignity. Additionally, if it's any comfort, the book uses far broader of a brush when it comes to "them coloured folks", so perhaps we should count out blessings.

The action and editing is equally zippy and the gadgetry is kept to a tiny minimum, thus keeping the story moving. The instigation of the plot is a bit odd (agent killed by Voodoo, UN ambassador deafened), but really all you have to do is say "something dangerous has happened, Bond, so find out what it is" and you're on your way, let's face it.

As much as it fits with the boo, the involvement of the Voodoo plot mechanism isn't really as integrated as it ought to be. As it stands, it's really just a hindrance. Solitaire could simply be an Tarot Reader and leave it at that, cut out the whole crazy snake charming and grave site stuff, you'd save a good 30 minutes or more, and nothing would be harmed, really.

I suspect that Moore will never be as good, as trim, or as focused as he is is in this film.

Bit of a left-handed compliment, however. It is easily the least of my favourite bond casting choices, after all.

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