Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die

DVD - 2012
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James Bond battles the forces of black magic in this high-octane adventure that hurdles him from the streets of New York City to Louisiana's bayou country. With charm, wit and deadly assurance, Roger Moore steps in as Agent 007 and takes on a powerful drug lord with a diabolical scheme to conquer the world.
Audience: 14A
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2012
Branch Call Number: DVD Action Adventure LIVE LIVE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (122 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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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.

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."

Sep 22, 2013

he's very smarmy

Mar 06, 2013

What a stinker.

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.

Mar 20, 2012


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