Review: ‘Live and Let Die’

Live and Let Die, the eighth Cubby Broccoli-Harry Saltzman film based on Ian Fleming's James Bond, introduces Roger Moore as an okay replacement for Sean Connery. The script reveals that plot lines have descended further to the level of the old Saturday afternoon serial.

Live and Let Die, the eighth Cubby Broccoli-Harry Saltzman film based on Ian Fleming’s James Bond, introduces Roger Moore as an okay replacement for Sean Connery. The script reveals that plot lines have descended further to the level of the old Saturday afternoon serial.

Here Bond’s assigned to ferret out mysterious goings on involving Yaphet Kotto, diplomat from a Caribbean island nation who in disguise also is a bigtime criminal. The nefarious scheme in his mind: give away tons of free heroin to create more American dopers and then he and the telephone company will be the largest monopolies. Jane Seymour, Kotto’s tarot-reading forecaster, loses her skill after turning on to Bond-age.

The comic book plot meanders through a series of hardware production numbers. These include some voodoo ceremonies; a hilarious airplane-vs-auto pursuit scene; a double-decker bus escape from motorcycles and police cars; and a climactic inland waterway powerboat chase. Killer sharks, poisonous snakes and man-eating crocodiles also fail to deter Bond from his mission.

1973: Nomination: Best Song (‘Live and Let Die’)

Live and Let Die

UK

Production

United Artists/Eon. Director Guy Hamilton; Producer Albert R. Broccoli, Harry Saltzman; Screenplay Tom Mankiewicz; Camera Ted Moore; Editor Bert Bates, Raymond Poulton, John Shirley; Music George Martin; Art Director Syd Cain, Bob Laing, Peter Lamont

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1973. Running time: 121 MIN.

With

Roger Moore Yaphet Kotto Jane Seymour Clifton James Julius W. Harris Geoffrey Holder
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