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Live and Let Die
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Nov 19, 2008 By: Sturdy
Live and Let Die order
Director:
Guy Hamilton

Actors:
Roger Moore
Yaphet Kotto
Jane Seymour

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Bond takes on a unique villain that has an evil plan to smother heroin into the country in order to eliminate his competition. A key part to his plan is a beautiful woman capable of reading the future. Of course, Bond seduces her and uses her as his way to thwarting the evil plan.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
In my book, there are two different Roger Moore Bonds. You have this Bond; the younger, more suave Bond and then you have the older Bond that appeared in the early 80s. I enjoy the early Roger Moore Bond, but can barely stomach the later films. This is his first go at the famous superspy and in my opinion, his best.

After watching it for the first time, I had to go back and look at the Bond timeline to double check that this really was Moores first Bond film. He seems very comfortable in the role that Connery made famous and thats saying a lot for Moores ability as an actor. He gives Bond a different attitude and maybe even a little bit more confidence. It also doesnt hurt that this film has the best Bond theme song, thanks to a good track by Paul and Linda McCartney.

If the film struggles, its with the plot and story and their tendency to force Bond into bad situations and not give him a creative enough way to get out of them. When he walks into a club in the middle of Harlem, Im not sure theyre trying to make Bond incredibly brave or incredibly nave. There were a couple of uncomfortable situations like that where the film felt a little contrived and forced. The plus side came with the very beautiful, and young, Jane Seymour. I wouldnt say she did a great job, but she is definitely one of the more beautiful Bond girls.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with Roger Moore: Although not my favorite Bond, Roger Moore is a blast to listen to on commentary tracks. This seems like a recent recording and Moore has a good time looking back on his days as Bond.

Commentary with Tom Mankiewicz: This is boring from the beginning. Im not sure why he was left out on his own. It really is a rough listen and disc producers have to be smarter about how they set people up for commentaries.

Commentary with Guy Hamilton and other cast and crew members: Another great commentary track. In fact, I would say that this commentary is better than the film itself. This is definitely worth a listen. Everyone jumps in with interesting tidbits and facts that are specific to the film. I think all Bond films will really enjoy this.

The Lost Documentary (21:39): This is a featurette from 1973 and its pretty cool. Its hosted by Roger Moore and its fun to see a 1973 featurette. Its also pretty good, but it doesnt get too involved in the making of the film.

Roger Moore as Bond, circa 1964 (7:41): Moore played Bond on a variety TV show in 1964 and this is the footage from the show. I have to admit, that its pretty funny and a must view for all Moore fans.

Inside Live and Let Die (29:45): Another good inside look into a Bond film, this time with more insight into the franchise status and the decision to hire Moore as the next Bond. They put a lot of thought into it and after the Lazenby experiment, you understand why.

On Set with Roger Moore (5:41): Two quick featurettes that look at two particular stunts. Theyre average, but nothing great.

There are also a series of vintage TV commercials
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I think LIVE AND LET DIE is the best Moore Bond film, but if youre choosy about your Bond films, you might not want this one. However, if youre a Bond fan, this Blu-ray is sure to thrill you.
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