Ranking The Best Bond Movies: Part 2 (#15-#11)
13) 1973’s Live And Let Die
Live And Let Die is best remembered by casual Bond fans for two reasons. First, it is Roger Moore’s debut crack at the beloved character, and second, it feels like 007 was dropped into the middle of a Blaxploitation film for much of its runtime. Released in 1973, two years after Shaft and one year after Super Fly, it uses the word “honky” too often and probably shouldn’t contain a business called the Oh Cult Voodoo Shop. That goofy borderline racism coupled with most people’s less than lukewarm support of Moore has given Live and Let Die a mediocre reputation.
For hardcore MI6 enthusiasts who can look beyond the above idiocy, however, this movie actually has a lot to love. Jane Seymour’s Solitaire is arguably the hottest Bond Girl in history. Roger Moore, while not the best Bond ever, brings an interesting, more mental approach to the role, and the plot allows for plenty of time in three separate locations.
Sent to investigate the deaths of various agents, James heads to New Orleans, New York and San Monique. Eventually, he winds up doing battle with a drug dealer who wants to dispense free heroin to increase the number of addicts, a dude who lost his hand during an alligator attack (not Happy Gilmore’s Chubbs Peterson) and some bumbling redneck cops. There’s also an underground monorail and a portable, high-powered magnet that can undo the zippers on women’s dresses.
Plus, McCartney’s theme song is top five all-time, easy.
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