Parents' Guide to

Live and Let Die

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

So-so '70s Bond entry has sex, drugs, action, violence.

Movie PG 1973 121 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 18+

Mature film

R: intense violence/throughout, some sex/suggestive images an strong language
age 15+

Ok for an introduction to Moore's Bond films

I feel that with Moore giving more puns than Connery (or at least, it felt like it), Moore was starting to depend on them. Sure enough, he would use a lot of them in his 007 run. He felt kind of passive in this film at times. I was really surprised by the villain in this movie: Yaphet Kotto had a good plot as Dr. Kananga, and he was my favorite aspect of this film. The sheriff was annoying, though. There is the usual amount of Bond sexual content in this film: he's with at least three women (he's shown undressing one), as well as some sexual images of women in various states of undress (including some provocative cards and a suggestive opening titles sequence); there's a fair amount of action violence (including a comic, non-graphic scene of a guy exploding), and some drug content (including a plot involving heroin). If you know to expect these things by now in a Bond film, then I'd say let the parents judge if it's worth watching. As an entertainment film, I thought it was just ok. 6.0/10

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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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Making his debut as James Bond, Roger Moore was gentler and more reserved than his predecessor Sean Connery, and was certainly more prone to bits of deadpan comedy. His first movie is a mixed bag. It has a strong villain in Yaphet Kotto, but Jane Seymour as the main Bond girl is perhaps a bit too helpless and passive. Secondary Bond girl, African-American Gloria Hendry, became Bond's first interracial romance.

LIVE AND LET DIE goes a bit too far over the top at times, such as a simple murder in New Orleans that somehow involves an entire funeral procession, an extended and tiresome speedboat chase, and the annoying presence of redneck sheriff J.W. Pepper (Clifton James), who returned for the next movie. On the plus side, the movie makes great use of sharks, crocodiles, and snakes, and has some fun gadgets, such as a "shark gun" that explodes its prey with a blast of air. However, the best part is definitely Paul McCartney's theme song, a highlight of the series.

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