Live and Let Die
Live and Let Die (1973)

Roger Moore makes his first appearance as "Bond...James Bond" in 1973's Live and Let Die. Bond is dispatched to the States to stem the activities of Mr. Big (Yaphet Kotto), who plans to take over the Western Hemisphere by… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: October 19, 1999
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Critic Score: 66% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: While not one of the highest-rated Bond films, Live and Let Die finds Roger Moore adding his stamp to the series with flashes of style and an improved sense of humor.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Guy Hamilton's direction lacks enthusiasm and pace, while even the art direction -- long the Bond films' real secret weapon -- seems to have fallen to a shrunken budget.

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Verina Glaessner
Time Out

Two hours long and anti-climactic, but Bond fans won't be disappointed.

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Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files

If you want to see an out of place Bond effort that would have been vastly improved with Shaft or Superfly in the lead role instead of 007, give this a view.

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Variety Staff

The comic book plot meanders through a series of hardware production numbers.

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Roger Greenspun
New York Times

Live and Let Die has been especially well photographed and edited, and it makes clever and extensive use of its good title song, by Paul and Linda McCartney.

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Tom Hutchinson
Radio Times

There are some splendid action sequences, notably a speedboat leap that set a new world record, as well as the usual array of hi-tech gadgetry.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

Setting aside an allright speedboat spectacular over land and water, the film is both perfunctory and predictable -- leaving the mind free to wander into the question of its overall taste. Or lack of it.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It doesn't have the wit and it doesn't have the style of the best Bond movies.

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Christopher Hudson
The Spectator

As fastpaced and snappily entertaining a piece of claptrap as we have a right to expect.

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
Christopher Heim
Roger Moore does a very good job in his first outing as James Bond, immediately implementing his expert-level of sly wit that would eventually sculpt 007 into a… More
danny d
unconventional from most bond films in many of its details, the film offers a surprisingly effective set of baddies and the mesmerizing jane seymour as one of… More
KJ Proulx
I fell in love with this bond entry right from the start. Roger Moore kicks it up a notch in this new take on the James Bond character, making his this… More
Chris Weber
Okay, so despite my preference for less overtly silly and campy directions in the Bond films, this ranks as one of my personal favorites, simply because,… More
Kase Vollebregt
'Live and Let Die' does not provide much value other than showcasing Moore as his first outing as Bond, all devilish winks and suave tongue-in-cheek… More
Josh Lewis
Roger Moore's first outing as James Bond is one of the worst in the series thanks to a laughable story, bad pacing, and an overall lack of fun that Bond… More