James Bond battles the forces of black magic that hurtles him from the streets of New York City to Louisiana’s bayou country. With charm, wit and deadly assurance, James takes on a powerful drug lord with a diabolical scheme to conquer the world.
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Appropriation of uncharacteristic genres, such as horror & "blaxploitation", makes this one of the strangest of all Bond films. First half, full of hidden worlds, blurred identities & Rivette-like conspiracies, is GREAT; the atmosphere fraught, the action intense, often frightening! Third act introduction of "shit-kicker" cop + phantasmagoria of voodoo magic turns the whole thing messy, but it's still tremendous fun.
Much is to be liked and maligned in Roger Moore's debut. He would eventually become far too old for the role, but he exudes charisma without having to channel Connery, and makes a very good Bond in his first few outings. This one has some memorable villains and one of the best Bond girls in Solitaire, but it is an incredibly reactionary film in style, borrowing from blaxploitation and car chase flicks from the era
Moore's entry into the series resulted in fresh breath for the Bond series with the best entry since 'Goldfinger'. Moore makes the role his own enabled by a good story, excellent stunt work, a memorable villian and a more than memorable 'Bond Girl' the film debut of the beautiful Jane Seymour as Solitaire. Though very much a product of the early seventies the film stands out more than some of the earlier outings.
Bond blaxsploitation, it's a strange debut for Moore who didn't really settle into the Bond shoes proper until THE SPY WHO LOVED ME, but this one is a favorite because it's so crazy, with some voodoo weirdness, an awesome boat chase, alligator shenanigans, and a great song by Paul McCartney, whose band was being disparaged by Bond in GOLDFINGER. A new era indeed.
Live and Let Die is a solid debut for Roger Moore and the best of the Bond films written by Tom Mankiewicz, with great villains, a memorable leading lady, and enough stuntwork and suspense to compensate for what was generally missing in Diamonds Are Forever. Hands down, it also contains one of the greatest boat chases in history.