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Live And Let Die (1973)


James Bond is on a manhunt from Harlem to the Caribbean to find and defeat the evil Dr. Kananga before he can flood the world with massive shipments of heroin.


London, UK; Fictional country of San Monique (Jamaica); New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA; New York City, New York, USA; Slidell, Louisiana, USA.

Pre-Credits Sequence

Three British men get killed within as many minutes - a delegate at the United Nations, an agent in San Monique, and a man succumbs to a snakebite in a voodoo ceremony. James Bond is absent, but the killings set up the initial plot line.


The title is not used directly in the film, but it can be heard in the rendition of the theme song at the Filet of Soul restaurant

Release Data

UK: 6th July 1973 (PG)
USA: 27th June 1973 (PG)
World Premiere: 6th July 1973 (Odeon Leicester Square, London, UK)
UK TV Premiere: 20th January 1980, ITV
US TV Premiere: 31st October 1976, ABC

Running Time: 123 minutes
Classification: 12 (UK), PG-13 (US)
Budget: $7m
Worldwide Box Office: $126.4m
US Box Office: $35.4m
US Admissions: 20.1 million
UK Box Office: N/A

Best Line

Seeing a voodoo sign (a tatty hat with a feather in it) on their bed, Bond's female companion screams. Bond responds: "Why it's just a hat darling, belonging to a smallheaded man of limited means who lost a fight with a chicken."

Best Mistake

On the back of Solitaire's cards is a red-and-white design featuring the number 007 repeated over and over.

Distinguishing feature

First appearance by Roger Moore as Bond, and the first time Bond drives a bus.

Vital Statistics

Conquests: 3
Martinis: 0
Kills: 6
"Bond, James Bond": 1

Cut Scenes

The pre-titles sequence was originally going to feature Bond throwing a man off the top of a skyscraper (accidentally); Bond strangling a goon on the banks of the river chase; Quarrel demonstrates the gas pellet gun; a dialogue reference to Quarrel's father; a scene where Kananga threatens Tee Hee after harms Solitaire.

Roger Moore as James Bond

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"James Bond Will Return In... The Man With The Golden Gun"

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