Live And Let Die (1973)


James Bond is on a manhunt from Harlem to the Caribbean to find and defeat the evil Dr. Kananga before he can flood the world with massive shipments of heroin.

Release Data
UK: 6th July 1973 (PG)
USA: 27th June 1973 (PG)
World Premiere: 6th July 1973 (Odeon Leicester Square, London, UK)
UK TV Premiere: 20th January 1980, ITV
US TV Premiere: 31st October 1976, ABC

Running Time: 123 minutes
Classification: 12 (UK), PG-13 (US)
Budget: $7m
Worldwide Box Office: $126.4m
US Box Office: $35.4m
US Admissions: 20.1 million
UK Box Office: N/A

Cast & Characters
James Bond
Roger Moore
Jane Seymour
Dr. Kananga / Mr Big
Yaphet Kotto
Tee Hee
Julius W Harris
Rosie Carver
Gloria Hendry
Miss Caruso
Madeline Smith
Felix Leiter
David Hedison
Quarrel Jr
Roy Stewart
Sheriff J.W. Pepper
Clifton James
Earl Jolly Brown
Bernard Lee
Miss Moneypenny
Lois Maxwell

Producers: Albert R. Broccoli & Harry Saltzman
Director: Guy Hamilton
Screenplay: Tom Mankiewicz
Composer: George Martin

London, UK; Fictional country of San Monique (Jamaica); New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA; New York City, New York, USA; Slidell, Louisiana, USA.

Pre-Credits Sequence
Three British men get killed within as many minutes - a delegate at the United Nations, an agent in San Monique, and a man succumbs to a snakebite in a voodoo ceremony. James Bond is absent, but the killings set up the initial plot line.

The title is not used directly in the film, but it can be heard in the rendition of the theme song at the Filet of Soul restaurant



Cut Scenes
The pre-titles sequence was originally going to feature Bond throwing a man off the top of a skyscraper (accidentally); Bond strangling a goon on the banks of the river chase; Quarrel demonstrates the gas pellet gun; a dialogue reference to Quarrel's father; a scene where Kananga threatens Tee Hee after harms Solitaire.

Best Line
Seeing a voodoo sign (a tatty hat with a feather in it) on their bed, Bond's female companion screams. Bond responds: "Why it's just a hat darling, belonging to a smallheaded man of limited means who lost a fight with a chicken."

Best Mistake
On the back of Solitaire's cards is a red-and-white design featuring the number 007 repeated over and over.

Distinguishing Feature
First appearance by Roger Moore as Bond, and the first time Bond drives a bus.

Vital Statistics
Conquests: 3
Martinis: 0
Kills: 6
"Bond, James Bond": 1

MI6 Rating

Fan Rating

As voted in MI6's Fan Verdict poll

"James Bond Will Return In... The Man With The Golden Gun"

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