LIVE AND LET DIE (1973)
Roger Moore made his debut as James Bond in the eighth film in the franchise, directed by Guy Hamilton, the veteran's third of four total Bond films. Sent to New York City to investigate the mysterious death of a fellow MI6 agent, Bond follows a trail that leads from a Harlem drug kingpin to the Caribbean island of "San Monique" (Haiti-like, but filmed in Jamaica) to New Orleans and the Louisiana bayou. A kind of riff on the Blaxploitation films then riding high, the film stars Yaphet Kotto as the voodoo-practicing dictator/crime boss Kananga, with Julius Harris as his henchman Tee Hee and Geoffrey Holder as the voodoo priest Baron Samedi. Clifton James provides comic relief playing one of his patented Southern yokel types and Jane Seymour, in a breakout role, plays the Tarot-card reading Solitaire. The theme song by Paul and Linda McCartney, performed by Wings, was a Top 10 hit in both the U.S. and UK. DIR Guy Hamilton; SCR Tom Mankiewicz, from the novel by Ian Fleming; PROD Harry Saltzman, Albert R. Broccoli. UK, 1973, color, 121 min. RATED PG
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