Live and Let Die (1973)

Live and Let Die (1973)

Directed by: Guy Hamilton

Starring: Roger Moore, Yaphet Kotto, Jane Seymour

This is the first Roger Moore Bond movie and it’s fairly indicative of his career in the role. It’s a much goofier, more comedy-based take on the character than Connery’s (or Lazenby’s, like anyone remembers or cares about his performance). Personally, I’ve never been a fan of Moore as Bond, though I admit I like a couple of the movies despite that.

James Bond has to stop a Caribbean drug lord named Mr. Big from… doing drug lord type stuff. Along the way he meets a tarot card reader (Jane Seymour, whom you may remember as Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman) and a crazy black dude who goes by the name Baron Samedi. That’s about all that’s remarkable in the film, anyway.

This is a pretty dull Bond film, and it’s mostly because the villains aren’t quite up to snuff. Baron Samedi is memorable, but he’s only in the film for about five minutes before being immediately defeated. We also spend extremely little time with Mr. Big, so when we finally get to the climactic confrontation, we’re disappointed by how lame he actually turns out to be. Young Jane Seymour is surprisingly hot, though, so I guess there’s that.

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