A splendid start to Roger Moore's Bond run, Sean Connery must have been kicking himself that he didn't choose this as his 007 swansong. Nonetheless, it cranks up the one-liners to suit Moore, adds a vicious streak in line with its odd horror / blaxploitation and crime crossover plot, and also has the best Bond theme ever. Butterhook!
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.
My second favorite Bond-flick! REASONS: Best Bond Girl - Jane Seymour (HOT!). The super-cool slam-bang theme-song from Paul McCartney. And an unflappable Roger Moore (before he got too old) jumping on the backs of crocodiles, hilariously infiltrating '70's Harlem, and fighting Voodoo worshippers. The "funeral" in New Orleans, at the beginning, is genius! Tom Mankiewicz is a marvel at writing dialogue. Fun times!
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.
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.
This is my favourite Bond!! Roger's reinvention of Bond as a cheeky rogue for me has always been one of my favourite aspects of the entire series. It has one of the best collections of villains in any film, hilarious J.W. Pepper, the smouldering Jayne Seymour, elements of Blaxploitation movies, voodoo subplot, George Martin score, it has it all. I can see why it would upset purists, but it is just so much 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
This film completely changed my life and is my perennial favorite. Yes this is the blaxploitation Bond, but it is too much damn fun. Moore steps in with refined boldness.Fantastic score and song, with a devilishly witty script. Definitive moments that aren't too fantastic-done in grand style.
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.