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Bond: Live & Let Die [DVD] [1973] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Roger Moore , Yaphet Kotto , Guy Hamilton    DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Roger Moore, Yaphet Kotto, Jane Seymour, Clifton James, Julius Harris
  • Directors: Guy Hamilton
  • Writers: Ian Fleming, Tom Mankiewicz
  • Producers: Albert R. Broccoli, Harry Saltzman
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Oct 1999
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000K0E8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 174,755 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Roger Moore was introduced as James Bond in this 1973 action movie featuring secret agent 007. More self-consciously suave and formal than predecessor Sean Connery, he immediately re-established Bond as an uncomplicated and wooden fellow for the '70s. This film also marks a deviation from the more character-driven stories of the Connery years, a deliberate shift to plastic action (multiple chases, bravura stunts) that made the franchise more of a comic book or machine. If that's not depressing enough, there's even a good British director on board, Guy Hamilton (Force 10 from Navarone). The story finds Bond taking on an international drug dealer (Yaphet Kotto), and while that may be superficially relevant, it isn't exactly the same as fighting super-villains on the order of Goldfinger. --Tom Keogh,

On the DVD: Anyone old enough to remember the old milk marketing board commercials will relish the sight of James Bond exhorting everyone to "drink a pinta milka day" in one of the TV spots included here. Elsewhere in the special features, the characteristically in-depth "making of" featurette has a mixture of both contemporary and new interviews plus behind-the-scenes footage (the alligator-jumping sequence is positively hair-raising). The first of two audio commentaries is hosted by John Quark of the Ian Fleming Foundation and features a variety of cast and crew members, notably director Guy Hamilton; the second has writer Tom Mankiewicz on his own, who in between pauses has the occasional interesting thing to say. Overall another good package of features to accompany another excellent anamorphic print. --Mark Walker

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Live And Let Die (Special Editi

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
I'm making my way through all the recent Bond on Blu-Ray releases, and strangely enough as I move through the franchise from the oldest (Dr.No), the image quality seems to be very slowly deteriorating. That's not to say that the image is poor; it is in fact excellent, but Dr.No's was astonishing and is over a decade older. The colours appear a Little muted compared to the earlier films, and the picture is more grainy, particularly in the garish red walls of Mr. Big's Fillet of Soul hideout. However, there is plenty of detail in the close-ups of the actors faces, and the materials of the clothing are rendered so well you could almost feel them. In general it is still a great improvement over the Ultimate Edition DVD (and that was pretty good for a start off).

The sound however seems to be improving as I move through the series (apart from a little dip for From Russia With Love), and for the first time Live and Let Die has a properly working surround treatment to my ears. There is real activity in the LF channel, with explosions now having real impact, and there is some decent use of the rear speakers as well, with only a few occasions sounding a little contrived (the birdsong in the Bayou scene for example). Effects steering is also very believable. The score is delivered beautifully, with plenty of audible detail particularly in the percussion, it also swells nicely into the rears to envelope you as you watch. I did notice however that in a couple of scenes the music drops into mono (the boat race just before the disruption of the wedding for example), this is pretty noticeable and sounds a little strange.

I didn't experience the worryingly long loading times I had with the earlier Bond films, which is an improvement. The extras appear to be identical to the Ultimate Editions, although the major docs have been bumped to HD which is nice.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A personal favourite 30 Jan 2002
I may be biased because this was the first Bond film I saw, and the film that introduced me to the full cinema experience, but I rate this as the best Bond movie. With a new lead, all concerned seem to be trying that little bit harder, the style of the film is pitched just right - not too much humour to outweigh the sense of menace, and the speedboat chase must rate as one of the top action sequences of the series - wild, yet still not quite implausible, which is one of the problems with the more recent films - constantly out to outdo themselves until the stunts are so ridiculous that all credibility is lost. Also the bad guys with their sinister voodoo scarecrows add a chilling touch that few of these films have. all this and the priceless Sheriff JW Pepper... stop reading this rubbish and just buy it!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Bond, it's good to see you again 31 July 2006
Roger Moore's tenure as James Bond lasted from 1973 to 1985, during which time the Bond series turned more towards a comic style and Bond became more known for one-liners than for being a spy and assassin. Some of Moore's films were, on the other hand, much more balanced with regars to humour. Live And Let Die is my favourite Roger Moore James Bond film. Although much of Ian Fleming's novel is abandoned, the film still carries a Fleming-esque flavour. This is in part due to the Caribbean setting. Filmed in Fleming's beloved Jamaica, LALD is Moore's first effort as Bond and he is most convincing as Ian Fleming's secret agent. He is a little more ruthless here, and although he has some tongue in cheek dialogue, it doesn't go overboard. The only time the comic side of the picture gets out of hand is when Clifton James is on screen hamming it up as Sheriff J.W Pepper. Also the death of the villain, Kananga is very far fetched, and doesn't look convincing on screen.

The film's strongest points are probably the score and the henchmen. The score was composed by Beatles producer George Martin and really gives the film an interesting. The title song is used as the main action theme and Martin also composed some other good themes which appear regularly in the score. As much as I am a fan of John Barry, I'm not convinced that he could have done a better job than Martin on this film. In fact, I can barely imagine the picture with a more traditional Barry score.

The villain's henchmen are excellent. Tee Hee, a tall sadist armed with a mechanical hook. Baron Samedi, a voodoo priest with a wonderful sadistic laugh. Whisper, an overweight, almost mute henchman. The villain himself is Dr. Kananga, a politician who also operates as a Harlem gangster.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favourite Moore Bond 6 Sep 2007
It's a little hard for me to be totally unbiased when reviewing this as this was the first Bond film I ever saw and is one of the reasons I became such an avid fan of the entire series.

But you know what, I can't help loving this film.

I know the list of complaints by others is a long one, but I think this is a fantastic film.

Roger Moore is no Sean Connery but he's clealy having the time of his life in the role of Bond. Yaphet Kotto is excellent as Kananga/Mr Big and Baron Samedi is another memorable villain. The opening funeral sequence has stuck with me for life and the Crocodile sequence is another great Bond moment.

I can certainly see the side of the argument that says this is a dated movie that hasn't aged well, but if I hadn't been so drawn to this film when I first saw it, I wouldn't be the Bond fan that I am today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Live and Let Die Blu ray
Amazing transfer both in picture and 5.1 surround knocks you off your seat. brilliant Soundtrack and Roger Moore in , really the only 007 film he presented himself with some sort... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Pat & Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars D.V.D.
A gift for my son, lucky boy, he really loved it, but then he loves all james bond films Goodbye
Published 10 days ago by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars Bond
Another DVD to go into my collection. Looking forward to watching it. I have been a Bond fan from the beginning!
Published 10 days ago by stella taylor
3.0 out of 5 stars James Bond
Bought for my grandson who loves James Bond but quite liked it as Roger Moore is good to watch and it is also comic in places
Published 1 month ago by Susie
3.0 out of 5 stars live and let die
film was ok but not brilliant would not buy anymore.just thought i would try a bond film before buying any more
Published 1 month ago by ghosts
1.0 out of 5 stars A very DATED boring disappointing movie!!!
I saw the bluray movie again last month. It was very different as when I first saw it in the cinemas in 1973. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Filmfan
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Debut For Moore!
After the disappointment of watching a greying, slightly podgy Sean Connery going through the motions in 1971's 'Diamonds Are Forever', it was clear that the Bond producers needed... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Stotty
1.0 out of 5 stars Bum purchase...
This DVD sadly never played, which was unfortunate as it was purchased as a gift for my husband.Not happy at all!
Published 5 months ago by carla jane serle
5.0 out of 5 stars good
As new! buy sell money is a problem for most people where can they get a bargain we do not know.
Published 5 months ago by roadie33
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Good movie, good service, good quality, good price...Now let us buy all the bonds for a marathon. Happy with it
Published 5 months ago by Pickles
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