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Live and Let Die (1973)

Preceded by: Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
Followed by: The Man With the Golden Gun (1974)

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Directed by:
Guy Hamilton
COUNTRY
UK/USA
GENRE
Spy/Action
NORWEGIAN TITLE
leve og la d

RUNNING TIME
121 minutes

Produced by:
Albert R. Broccoli
Harry Saltzman
Written by:
Tom Mankiewicz

Based on the novel by:
Ian Fleming


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
James Bond Roger Moore
Dr. Kananga / Mr. Big Yaphet Kotto
Solitaire Jane Seymour
Sheriff J.W. Pepper Clifton James
Tee Hee Johnson Julius W. Harris
Baron Samedi Geoffrey Holder
Felix Leiter David Hedison -
Rosie Carver Gloria Hendry -
M

Bernard Lee

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Miss Moneypenny Lois Maxwell -
Adam Tommy Lane -
Whisper Earl Jolly Brown -

 

Review

Boasting one of the best ever Bond themes, a young and absolutely dashing looking Roger Moore, and some of the chicest sets of the series aren't enough to make this first entry in Moore's tenure as 007 into anything more than a preposterous curiosity. The story is weak, revolving mainly around a ludicrous foray into voodoo and occultism on the Caribbean island of San Monique. And almost all the action sequences feel staged and are badly acted, with the exception of a vivifying speedboat chase through the Louisiana bayous. As the cardboard villains snicker and sneer and the girl screams her lungs out in pretended terror when the ending approaches, you realise that this is a comic book version of 007 at best, and not the slick spy-thriller for adults fans of Ian Fleming's books would had envisaged.

Copyright 02.01.2024 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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