Live and Let Die
15 July, 2007 1 Comment
And so begins Roger Moore’s stint as 007.
Live and Let Die (1973) is the 8th film in the saga and the first post Sean Connery. Perhaps that’s the reason I wasn’t too impressed, or it could just be the weak storyline…
The film moves away from Bond vs. SPECTRE and has James investigating the deaths of 3 british agents and facing off against an international drug lord, with the plot visiting New York, Jamacia and New Orleans. Notably absent from the film is a briefing by Q, a meeting in M’s office and a trademark martini in a casino scene. In a somewhat comical and misplaced addition, the climatic speedboat chase (which is long, too long in fact) includes a bumbling sheriff, who could have been plucked straight from the Dukes of Hazzard.
Several bond gadgets feature in the film, in particular a powerfully magnetic rolex watch with a rotating saw in the bezel, a bug detector and hairbrush morse code transmitter!
Also present were several one-liners in true James Bond style, the standout one for me being,
Girl – “I’m going to be completely useless to you”
Bond – “I’m sure we can lick you into shape” 😉
If you’re after a Bond film, I reckon there are better titles out there.