Saturday, 5 March 2016
Live and Let Die (1973)
Well then. It seems there's a possible new candidate for best Bond film so far. Live and Let Die is brilliant, crammed with set piece after set piece, Roger Moore is charismatic and compelling from the word go- he is Bond, straight away- and Yaphet Kotto as Dr Kananga may be the best Bond villain yet. All this and we also get Jane Seymour as a decidedly quirky Bond girl. Where's Q, though?
I'll leave others to decide whether or not the depiction of black Americans and the Carribbean is racist or not (sooo many afros!), but Baron Samedi and the snake are cool, and I love the killings with the coffin that make a great pre-titles sequence. Unlike On Her Majesty's Secret Service, this time we don't see the new James Bond until after the opening titles, dragging out the suspense.
So much cool stuff- alligators, Tee Hee's hand, tarot cards, boat chase across the Louisiana bayou and a comedy sheriff: this is a very different but very impressive Bond film.
Again, though, why are so many MI6 agents operating in America when, you know, the CIA exists?