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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 converting everyone into heroin addicts. The woman in the case is Solitaire (Jane Seymour in her movie debut), an enigmatic interpreter of tarot cards. The obligatory destructive-chase sequence occurs at the film's midpoint, with Bond being chased in a motorboat by Mr. Big's henchmen, slashing his way through the marshlands and smashing up a wedding… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 66%

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"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."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Two hours long and anti-climactic, but Bond fans won't be disappointed."
‑ , Time Out
"So-so '70s Bond entry has sex, drugs, action violence."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
"In the longest tenure of any James Bond performer, Roger Moore would certainly have higher highs and lower lows. And while it strays from Bond formula in ways good and bad, it's a fine introduction to a 007 more prone to crack wise than crack heads."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"I know I probably shouldn't like Live and Let Die, but I do. This crackpot entry, the eighth, in the long-running James Bond series, is figuratively all over the map...[Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"The comic book plot meanders through a series of hardware production numbers."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"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."
‑ Roger Greenspun, New York Times
"I can see how many people can be entertained by this ludicrous film, but not because it's good. It features an outstanding performance from Moore and has an enjoyably bad Blaxploitation thing going on here, but not much else."
‑ Austin Kennedy, Sin Magazine
"The first outright terrible Bond picture."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Moore acquits himself in a larger than life adventure peppered with enjoyably rotten gags and lots of playful action."
‑ , Film4
"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."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"It doesn't have the wit and it doesn't have the style of the best Bond movies."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Roger Moore's first 007 job is still top entertainment."
‑ , Total Film
"Tacky and cartoonish."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It can't quite muster an explosive third act to match previous jaunts, but Moore had got his feet under the table."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
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