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Live and Let Die

(DVD - 2006 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Live and Let Die
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James Bond battles the forces of black magic that hurtle 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.
Title: Live and let die
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : MGM Home Entertainment : Distributed by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2006]
Edition: Ultimate ed.
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (122 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Title from title frames.
Based on the novel by Ian Fleming.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1973.
Special features: frame-by-frame digital restoration; audio commentary featuring Sir Roger Moore; "Bond 1973" documentary; Roger Moore as James Bond, circa 1964; Live and let die conceptual art; interactive guide into the world of Live and let die; audio commentary featuring Guy Hamilton; audio commentary featuring Tom Mankiewicz; inside Live and let die; on set with Roger Moore; original trailers; TV spots & radio communications.
Issued individually and as part of a multi-volume set entitled "Jame Bond : the ultimate collection".
Contents: [disc 1] Feature film
[disc 2] Special features.
Summary: James Bond battles the forces of black magic that hurtle 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.
Audience: MPAA rating PG.
Statement of Responsibility: United Artists ; Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli present ; screenplay by Tom Mankiewicz ; produced by Harry Saltzmanand Albert R. Broccoli ; directed by Guy Hamilton
Credits: Director of photography, Ted Moore ; editors, Bert Bates, Raymond Poulton & John Shirley ; music score by George Martin ; title song composed by Paul and Linda McCartney, performed by Paul McCartney and Wings.
Performers: Roger Moore, Yaphet Kotto, Jane Seymour, Clifton James, Geoffrey Holder, Julius W. Harris, David Hedison, Gloria Hendry, Lois Maxwell, Bernard Lee.
System Details: DVD, region 1, NTSC; widescreen (1.85:1) presentation; Egnlish Dolby Digital 5.1 surround and DTS surround; French Dolby Digital 5.1; dual-layer.
Other Language: English or French dialogue; English, French, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish or Thai subtitles; closed-captioned.
Subject Headings: Bond, James (Fictitious character) Drama. Secret service England Drama. Spies England Drama. Drug dealers United States Drama. Drug traffic United States Drama.
Genre/Form: Feature films.
James Bond films.
Action and adventure films.
Thrillers (Motion pictures)
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Spy films.
Topical Term: Bond, James (Fictitious character)
Secret service
Spies
Drug dealers
Drug traffic
Publisher No: 106015
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Jul 13, 2014
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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
  • 22950006357453 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

he's very smarmy

Jul 27, 2013
  • texasbooks rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I always enjoy the oo7 movies . There are several oo7 agents but they are all special in thier own way.
As we all know that oo7 always gets the girl in the end no matter what!!

Aug 23, 2012
  • akirakato rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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
  • phyllis49 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Encore

Aug 21, 2011
  • AtomicFez rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

After "Diamonds are Forever" (which seemed to last about as long), we strap the franchise to the table and run about a million amps thorough the thing by presenting a new actor! HOORAY! It's alive!

Roger Moore is slim, trim, attractive (-ish) and energetic. Oddly, he's the oldest any Bond has been when they've started, so this energy thing shouldn't be present. Ah well, it works, so why question it?

It's important to remember that this was made in the mid-'70s, otherwise you look at this film and think "how in the HELL can they use dialogue like that to denote the 'urban black culture'?" There's some down-right awful stereotypes here, including a southern Sheriff, but it's likely that any of them are accurate to some degree even at the time of filming, to the detriment of *everyone's* dignity. Additionally, if it's any comfort, the book uses far broader of a brush when it comes to "them coloured folks", so perhaps we should count out blessings.

The action and editing is equally zippy and the gadgetry is kept to a tiny minimum, thus keeping the story moving. The instigation of the plot is a bit odd (agent killed by Voodoo, UN ambassador deafened), but really all you have to do is say "something dangerous has happened, Bond, so find out what it is" and you're on your way, let's face it.

As much as it fits with the boo, the involvement of the Voodoo plot mechanism isn't really as integrated as it ought to be. As it stands, it's really just a hindrance. Solitaire could simply be an Tarot Reader and leave it at that, cut out the whole crazy snake charming and grave site stuff, you'd save a good 30 minutes or more, and nothing would be harmed, really.

I suspect that Moore will never be as good, as trim, or as focused as he is is in this film.

Bit of a left-handed compliment, however. It is easily the least of my favourite bond casting choices, after all.

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