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Live and Let Die

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United Kingdom, United States · 1973
Rated PG · 2h 1m
Director Guy Hamilton
Starring Roger Moore, Yaphet Kotto, Jane Seymour, Clifton James
Genre Action, Adventure, Thriller

In New Orleans, James Bond investigates the murder of three fellow agents. He soon finds himself a target of Mr. Big, a vicious drug lord. With help from a beautiful tarot-card reader, Solitaire, Bond fights to put an end to Mr. Big's deadly operation.

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TV Guide Magazine by

This eighth film in the Bond series marks the first appearance of Roger Moore as the superspy. Less macho than Sean Connery's Bond, Moore's fastidiously dressed 007 survives by his wits and injects more humor into the proceedings.


Chicago Reader by Dave Kehr

Guy Hamilton's direction lacks enthusiasm and pace, while even the art direction—long the Bond films' real secret weapon—seems to have fallen to a shrunken budget. Not much fun.


ReelViews by James Berardinelli

Watching Live and Let Die isn't a complete waste of time, but there's no overriding reason why anyone should go out of their way to see it unless they're a die-hard Bond fan or are curious about Roger Moore's first turn in the role.


Variety by Peter Debruge

The most significant Bond ingredient missing from Live and Let Die is Q, whose gadgets still play a central role. The film also offers a few key additions, including an illuminating glimpse of Bond’s home.


Chicago Sun-Times by Roger Ebert

It has all the necessary girls, gimmicks, subterranean control rooms, uniformed goons and magic wristwatches it can hold, but it doesn't have the wit and it doesn't have the style of the best Bond movies.

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