Monday, July 19, 2010

DVD of the Day: Live and Let Die (1973)


Live and Let Die


A man comes. He travels quickly. He has purpose. He comes over water. He travels with others. He will oppose. He brings violence and destruction.


The Stats:


The Director:  Guy Hamilton
The Cast:  Roger Moore, Yaphet Kotto, Jane Seymour, Clifton James, Julius Harris
Release Date: 1973


The Plot


James Bond’s mission:  take down a powerful heroin drug lord with a complex world-wide network, psychics and voodoo at his disposal.


The Lowdown


Unlike previous DVD of the Day entry, Licence to Kill, Live and Let Die is pure and utter campy goofiness.  And you know what?  Ain’t nothing wrong with that.


Each and every Bond, from Sean Connery to Daniel Craig, has given their own spin and interpretation on the character.  Roger Moore is no different.  Moore’s take on the character is someone with kind of a dark sense of humor, but ultimately all of the Moore Bond films are a little silly and a little campy.  This being the first of the 7 times he played the character, the camp isn’t quite as over-the-top, but it’s still there.


I mean, come on… the 70s was full of Blaxploitation films like Shaft and Superfly, and for some reason, someone at MGM thought it’d be a good idea to make a Bond Blaxploitation film.  The results are kind of hilarious, with the word “Honky” being tossed around like it was going out of business, a voodoo witch doctor, and James Bond running around Harlem… how could you not love this movie?


Live and Let Die marks the beginning of the Moore era.  A lighter, campier, goofier Bond.  But hey, it’s still James Bond.  You still get cool car chases, explosions, hot women and lots of bad guys getting shot.  At the end of the day, isn’t that all you really need from a Bond movie?