Live and Let Die [April A2Z]

live and let die James Bond

Welcome to my April A-Z! This month I will be posting about James Bond 007 every day except Sunday, mostly focusing on the movies, not the books. Enjoy!

It must be noted that Live and Let Die was released during the height of “blaxploitation” and contains some cringey references and stereotypes.

Regardless, it may be my favorite Bond movie. This 1973 film (Eon Productions) is the first time Roger Moore stars as Bond, and, while I realize there are differing opinions, I think he does a fantastic job! The story is about the drug trade, with Mr. Big planning to distribute tons of heroin for free to put his rival drug lords out of business, thus giving himself a monopoly. While investigating the deaths of fellow British agents in New York and New Orleans, Bond discovers that Mr. Big is from the fictional island of San Monique. Naturally, Bond must visit the island, which is teeming with poppies (where heroin comes from). Complications ensue! It’s a super fun film with loads of gangsters and voodoo and of course a beautiful girl whom Bond must save. Yaphet Kotto, who recently passed away, stars as Mr. Big and his alter ego Dr. Kanaga, a corrupt Caribbean dictator who rules San Monique. For a Bond film, the plot is quite straightforward!

Jane Seymour plays Solitaire, the main love interest in this movie. She is a virgin priestess who tells the future via tarot cards and Mr. Big needs her help as he continues with his scheme. Bond seduces Solitaire with a fake deck of cards and she loses her magical abilities, consequently putting her on the bad side of Mr. Big. She now must join forces with 007, or else.

live and let die 007 and solitaire

I haven’t mentioned Felix Leiter much ~ he’s Bond’s counterpart in the CIA and has a recurring role in many of the 007 films. In this one, he’s played by David Hedison, who also portrays Leiter in License to Kill (1989). He has funny lines in LALD, in particular a dialog with a southern sheriff, J.W. Pepper (played by Clifton James), as the sheriff tries to figure out what’s going on. As Bond escapes from the baddies on a wild speedboat ride, Pepper is outrageously hysterical. “Humorous” may not be the adjective first to mind when thinking of Bond films, but I find myself laughing throughout these movies.

Watch the following video for my favorite scene from LALD!

The title song, “Live and Let Die,” was written by Paul and Linda McCartney and performed by their band Wings. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song.

Tune in tomorrow for more A-Z Bond!

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Information and images from Wikipedia, Cultbox, PopSugar, and IMDB.

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18 responses to “Live and Let Die [April A2Z]

  1. I loved the song and the movie was nice. Moore is the suave, well groomed Bond.

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  2. Thanks for adding the video today Paula.

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  3. I loved this post….yes, the subtext humor is hilarious, not only here but pretty much in all the Bond films. Mmmm Roger Moore, but I have to say Connery and Bronson were my crushes, even as they aged. I’ll be looking forward to tomorrow’s post.

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  4. Up until the near-sociopathic version that Daniel Craig came up with (of which I’m a big fan), I’ve always considered Bond movies to be rather silly throw-away snacks — high density, secret-vice, colorful confections that I mostly indulge in when I happen to run across them.

    I mean,I hardly ever LOOK for them when I’m trying to find a movie to watch. That’s not to say I don’t like them — I do — but it’s pretty off-handed. The Bond women, on the other hand — zowie. Yeah, I know they’re just Barbies at least up till Eva Greene who is SCARY hot and vastly more entertaining, but they’re still fun to look at. If that makes me a brutish unreconstructed Neanderthal, well, there it is.

    Jane Seymore in this movie, for example — Yes, please, and all day, every day, until she got sick of me and threw my ass out. She’s 70 now, and STILL looking good, never mind actually being a good actress (rare enough in the Bond line-up). She was #10 in a top-ten list of Bond Girls — I’d have put her in at about #3 or 4. Just yummie.

    That’s one of the appeals of the Bond series, I think — y’all get your eye candy, and so do I, and we all just kinda ignore the PC frownings and get on with indulging the sugary froth for a couple of hours.

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  5. I love Roger Moore as Bond! I agree with you… some of the escapes and bad guys are campy and hysterical.
    Another fun Bond post!🥰🐊

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  6. Moore is good as Bond, as good as Connery and Craig. This movie is probably the one I remember best and still remember the opening with the NOLA funeral. I also remember the scene with the crocs and alligators. Pretty slick trick!

    My “L” Tull song of the day is here:

    A2Z 2021 Jethro Tull Songs Day 12 Life is a Long Song (from a 1971 EP and 1972 compilation album)

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  7. Moore was always cool – and funny. His Bond perfected the oneliners and he did it best. I remembered him from the TV series with Tony Curtis (English title escapes me), which was a fun romp, so the Bond role was perfect. He is only slightly behind Sean Connery who is #1 on my list of favorite Bonds.

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  8. Voodoo? Tarot readers? I never knew Bond films are this extravagant 🙂

    @JazzFeathers
    The Old Shelter – The Great War

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