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Awesome: 32.14%
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Pretty Bad: 8.93%
Total Crap: 3.57%

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Live and Let Die
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by the Grinch

"James Bond vs. Dolemite! Well, sort of."
5 stars

Screw what anyone says, this is one of the most entertaining Bond flicks. And if you don't think so, you can kiss my cheeky twins, honky!

Double Agents have been mysteriously disappearing in the dark recesses of the United States and the Caribbean Isle of San Monique. So, guess who's called in to investigate?

Well, the plot's pretty simple as always. Bond discovers evil madman's plans, evil madman reveals all to Bond before attempting to dispatch him in an elaborate manner, Bond escapes after henchmen stupidly leave him unattended, Bond nails the bad guy's girl, then dispatches bad guy dramatically and gets some serious shagging in before the end credits roll. Finis.

But wait, there's a great cast and script here...

Many talented black actors are employed to great effect. Yaphet Kotto, one of the most underappreciated character actors of our time, adds a special spark of intelligence, savvy, and charisma to ambassador-by-day/crimelord-by-night Kananga. Likewise with art collector/dancer/actor/7-up guy Geoffrey Holder, who seems to be the personificaiton of the lascivious voodoo entity "Baron Samedi". Julius Harris, as the giggly mechanical-armed TeeHee, plays one of the most memorable Bond henchmen since Odd Job. Jane Seymour plays the babe-a-licious Solitaire, Kananga's tarot-reading prophetess who has yet to feel the touch of a man. Yup, I'd definitely like to Seymour. Clifton James plays Sheriff J.W.Pepper, the spittin'n'grinnin good ole boy whose counterparts have undoutedly ticketed me more than I care to recollect. And lastly, Roger Moore makes his debut as Mr. KissKissBangBang himself, and watching him in action reminds me of why he's the best of the bunch. The ticky eyebrows, the witty comebacks. When Moore says something wry, he says it seemingly without KNOWING he's just said something's as if he's just honestly making an observation. Being of average appearance, Moore had to work doubley hard, and it shows.

The most unique thing about this film is that it occasionally pits Bond against seemingly supernatural forces. The script has so many delightful nuances and strays from the formula a bit, but without ruining the solid pace you've come to expect from a Bond movie. 'Q' is suprisingly absent from the film, therefore you won't find many of the nifty gadgets that you may have seen in other films...everything Bond does, he adlibs, and the gadgets often don't work or aren't used as intended. Another neat plus is that the foe in this film has slightly more humble aspirations than usual. And up until Bond, erm, holds all the cards, Solitaire's tarot readings are Kananga's most reliable source of information, while diametrically, Kananga secures his drug operation and exploits his island's citizens by playing on their voodoo superstitions.

Another delightful plus is the non-political correctness of the movie. Nobody was afraid to call a spade a spade (and, trust me, I'm directly quoting the movie here). Much of the movie plays out like a corny 70's blaxploitation film, which is to say it's delightfully dated and goofy. Of course, the movie itself is absolutely ridiculous, full of caricatures and 2 dimensional adversaries and one-night stands. What else did you expect?! But the beauty of it is you never doubt these things for one minute because you're so entirely immersed and entertained. Nevermind that the nightclubs that 007 walks into could be sets straight out of "Black Caesar" or "Cleopatra Jones". Nevermind that half the time it seems like street musicians should be following Bond, playing the Shaft theme while he walks the streets of Harlem. Just sit back and soak in the ambience, the clever escapes, the witty banter, the kickass badguys, the sexy senoritas, and the well-choreographed action scenes.

One of my favorite dialogue snippets (and trust me, this film is full of them!)- Bond: "The name's Bond, J-" Kananga:"Names is for TOMBSTONES, baby! Ya'll take this honky out back and waste him, NOW!"

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User Comments

4/30/16 Anne don't know what to say-the funeral procession in the beginning was awesome, esp. the jazz 2 stars
1/20/15 michael conneely The bus scenes are an underated plus. 4 stars
5/23/12 keith miron This is probilly my favorite Bond movie. 4 stars
12/13/08 Ravenwest Live and Let Die is probably a bit too dated and inconsistent for the casual viewer, but of 2 stars
10/24/08 tim is a fool great bond,breat action and humor 5 stars
3/19/08 Tim Everything, except the theme song, is pretty bad. 2 stars
1/28/08 JV35 Improvements and Letdowns 2 stars
3/09/07 David Pollastrini McCartneys song is the best thing about this film 3 stars
9/24/06 ProSneakyD Moore settles in very well in this entertaining & intriguing film but the storys thin. 3 stars
5/21/06 mr.mike always liked moore as bond , connery was overrated. 4 stars
1/03/06 Anthony Feor A good movie 4 stars
11/21/05 chris good bond movie 4 stars
10/26/05 Nick This is one of the best with Roger Moore 4 stars
7/20/05 Jethro This film proves that the real 007 drinks bourbon,not shaken or stired! 5 stars
5/27/05 tony Not as good as other has a lot of good moments. Action packed scenes. 4 stars
4/13/05 Indrid Cold When Bond was in a bizarre 70s phase, but probably the best of those. 4 stars
1/08/05 keithers.. not a bad entry...poor plot but a good bond romp 3 stars
11/17/04 C Vega Another New Bond But Unlike Lazenby Moore Is Good As 007 The Movie Is Great 5 stars
8/25/04 danny Bond is cool 4 stars
8/17/04 Herolder Best Bond movie with Roger Moore 5 stars
11/29/03 john fun and introduces a new Bond very sucessfully 4 stars
9/06/03 Dimitri Aubert A very good Bond movie, full of action and fun. 5 stars
7/06/03 Paul S. Magic moments: Solitaire`s guess, the lovers, Kananga`s inflated ego (!),croc jump,boats 5 stars
5/16/03 Andrew Carden Moore Is Good, but It's Basically 70's Blaxploitation At It's Prime. 4 stars
3/09/03 Jack Sommersby Falt direction and lethargic pacing sink this Bond entry. 2 stars
10/27/02 Matt Neopalitano Hello, Jim! What's happenin' baby? The best Bond, hands down. World class boat chase. 5 stars
10/14/02 Charles Tatum Bland Bond, embarassingly dated 3 stars
9/17/02 CVJ Roger moore brings a good portrayal of Bond but is noone compared to Sean Connery 3 stars
3/18/02 Zargo decent bond, roger is good, and he's not an old guy in this one 4 stars
3/11/02 R.W. Welch Basic Bond, saved by some rather decent writing. 4 stars
2/16/02 murat an average bond film but not very good 3 stars
1/25/02 murat the first difficult risk to the bond films holder and the short car scene is not enough 1 stars
11/01/01 Scott Bastien Roger Moore is a pervert!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
8/07/01 Mr. Hat (formerly Joe Zappa) A blaxploitation 007 flick. Weird but cool. 3 stars
11/03/00 tony geoffrey holder rocks 5 stars
4/08/00 Gremlin hot pschic, recycled train battle, and Moore's debut,...bring a flashlight 4 stars
9/06/99 the Grinch Moore is just as good a Bond as Connery, just different. More reliance on wits than gadgets 5 stars
6/25/99 David Keech Outside of the boat chase, there's not too much here that is very good. Routine Bond flick 3 stars
3/12/99 Claude Derralt Great film, Great Bond, Just Plain Great! 5 stars
10/27/98 Silent Rob Yep, it's James Bond. Yep, it's silly. Yep, it might have better with Connery. 3 stars
10/25/98 Patrick888 Roger's debut is an OK Bond film. Boat chase is a classic 3 stars
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  02-Jul-1973 (PG)


  02-Feb-1974 (PG)

Directed by
  Guy Hamilton

Written by
  Tom Mankiewicz

  Roger Moore
  Yaphet Kotto
  Jane Seymour
  Geoffrey Holder
  Lois Maxwell

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