Live and Let Die Ultimate Edition (Blu-ray)

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Product Overview

James Bond battles the forces of black magic in this high-octane adventure that hurtles him from the streets of New York City to Louisiana's bayou country. With charm, wit and deadly assurance, Roger Moore steps in as Agent 007 and takes on a powerful drug lord (Yaphet Kotto) with a diabolical scheme to conquer the world.

Specifications

Studio Tcfhe/mgm
SKU 208937372
UPC 883904116752
UPC 14 00883904116752
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
007
Action
Adventure
Based On A Novel
Campy
Heroes
James Bond
Live-Action
Recommended
Secret Agents
Sequel
Spies
Spy
Theatrical Release
Thriller
Editors Note
Note LIVE AND LET DIE is famed Bond portrayer Roger Moore?s first turn as 007. In it, the super spy infiltrates a gang of narcotics smugglers in voodoo-infested Jamaica. His daring exploits lead him on a number of incredible chases. As the sexy Solitaire, a young Jane Seymour makes for one of the more memorable Bond girls, and the always captivating Yaphett Kotto delivers an excellent performance as one of the more grounded (and, as such, arguably more chilling) villains of the series. The film?s theme song, Paul McCartney?s ?Live and Let Die,? is one of the highlights of the entire Bond music canon and a classic in its own right.
Plot Summary
Summary The eighth adventure in the Broccoli/Saltzman series finds James Bond doing his part to help Americans "just say no". A burly Caribbean dignitary plans to dump an enormous amount of free heroin into the American market in order to boost the number of users as quickly as possible. While attempting to thwart the villain, Bond takes time out to romance one of the evildoer's advisors, a sexy tarot-reader known as Solitaire. Snakes, sharks, crocodiles and gunmen bar the rest of the way, and 007 also proves his powerboating skills in the course of completing this harrowing mission.
Reviews
Total Film "...Roger Moore's first 007 job is still top entertainment..." 01/01/2001 p.110
Directors
Guy Hamilton
Actors
Roger Moore
Jane Seymour
Cast & Crew
Roger Moore - Star
David Hedison - Star
Gloria Hendry - Star
Geoffrey Holder - Star
Clifton James - Star
Julius Harris - Star
Yaphet Kotto - Star
Jane Seymour - Star
Syd Cain - Art Director
Harry Saltzman - Producer
Bert Bates - Editor
John Shirley - Editor
Tom Mankiewicz - Writer
Ted Moore - Cinematographer
Raymond Poulton - Editor
Albert R. Broccoli - Producer
George Martin - Composer
Syd Cain - Production Designer
Guy Hamilton - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1973
Catalog ID 111675
UPC 00883904116752
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 122 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Awards
Grammy (1974) Paul McCartney, et. al., Nominee, Album of Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture
Oscar (1974) Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney ("Live and Let Die"), Nominee, Best Music, Original Song
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Following six James Bond movies with Sean Connery (and one with the dead-on-arrival George Lazenby), it was difficult -- to say the least -- for fans to accept the transition to wisecracking Roger Moore when he debuted in 1973. It didn't help that his introductory film was one of the worst Bonds of all time (ranking alongside Moore's Octopussy and Timothy Dalton's The Living Daylights). Worse still, the only thing about Live and Let Die to weather the test of time is its title song (written by Paul & Linda McCartney, and performed by Wings)...As is often the case with Bond movies, this one runs too long. There is a speedboat chase that, aside from being executed in a pedestrian fashion, goes on forever. It's not exciting, and the introduction of comic asides with Sheriff J. W. Pepper (Clifton James) are wildly out-of-place...Live and Let Die has the requisite action scenes and several enticing women for Bond to woo (including a CIA agent played by Gloria Hendry and Jane Seymour in her first screen appearance), but, in addition to missing Connery's presence, the movie lacks the usual tension and energy. 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.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review "Live and Let Die" is the ninth James Bond picture, and not exactly the best. 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...This may have something to do with the substitution of Roger Moore for Sean Connery as 007. Moore has the superficial attributes for the job: The urbanity, the quizzically raised eyebrow, the calm under fire and in bed. But Connery was always able to invest the role with a certain humor, a sense of its ridiculousness. Moore has been supplied with a lot of double entendres and double takes, but he doesn't seem to get the joke...There are a few elements every Bond movie absolutely must have, and "Live and Let Die" has them. It opens, of course, with a meeting with M and the faithful Miss Moneypenny. It has Bond arriving at the Caribbean hideout by man-bearing kite. It has a spectacular chase (this one involves speedboats, but isn't as much fun as the great ski chase two Bonds ago). It has a spectacularly destroyed villain (he swallows a capsule of compressed air and explodes). It has the girls. And it has Bond exhibiting his mastery of the better things in life by asking room service for a bottle of Bollinger - not cold, but "slightly chilled," please...And it does, to give it credit, have the one basic Bond scene that always seems copied from the previous Bond movie: The penetration of the underground citadel.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 7
Features
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, Dubbed
Product Attributes
Actor Moore,Roger
Label Mgm Entertainment
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
Blake Davis, KFOR Channel 4 News One of the last great, funky James Bond films...
Dan Lybarger, Lawrence Journal-World Great stunts and a cool theme song...
Los Angeles Times Handsome and smoothly likeable...
Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium ...[has] a grand sense of fun and some of Moore's best moments in the franchise.
Time Inventive...thrilling...high-powered.

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