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 Mooreís first Bond film. He seems very comfortable in the role that Connery made famous and thatís saying a lot for Mooreís ability as an actor. He gives Bond a different attitude and maybe even a little bit more confidence. It also doesnít hurt that this film has the best Bond theme song, thanks to a good track by Paul and Linda McCartney.
If the film struggles, itís 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, Iím not sure theyíre trying to make Bond incredibly brave or incredibly naÔve. 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 wouldnít say she did a great job, but she is definitely one of the more beautiful Bond girls.
Commentary with Tom Mankiewicz: This is boring from the beginning. Iím 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 itís pretty cool. Itís hosted by Roger Moore and itís fun to see a 1973 featurette. Itís also pretty good, but it doesnít 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 itís 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. Theyíre average, but nothing great.
There are also a series of vintage TV commercials