Live and Let Die

  • Review Date: March 1, 2014
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 1973
  • Running Time: 121 minutes

Common Sense Media says

So-so '70s Bond entry has sex, drugs, action, violence.
  • Review Date: March 1, 2014
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 1973
  • Running Time: 121 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

James Bond seduces women, drinks and smokes, doesn't seem to care much about destroying property, and never really learns any lessons. Women are generally treated as objects, helpless and powerless. In one sequence, he seduces a Tarot card reader, takes her virginity and -- apparently -- her power to see the future. Moreover, he has a license to kill and can leave dead bodies in his wake with no consequences. But he does end up defeating a drug lord.

 

Positive role models

James Bond is a highly trained hero, of course, and tries to save the world from the bad guys, but his methods are highly questionable.

 

Violence

Several minor characters are killed, with some blood shown. Characters are stabbed and shot. Others are killed with crocodiles, poisonous snakes, sharks, or poisonous darts. Fighting is shown. One of the major characters explodes (he is shot with a "shark pellet"). There is some somewhat creepy footage involving a "zombie" in a ritual. There's a lengthy speedboat chase.

 

Sex

During the opening titles, women are shown in silhouette, and some of them appear to be naked. When Bond first appears onscreen, he's in bed with a woman. She appears to be naked, but nothing sensitive is shown. (She gets out of bed, covering herself, and goes looking for her clothes.) Bond sleeps with two more women (no nudity and nothing sensitive shown). It's suggested that one woman was a virgin, and that Bond "stole" her secret powers when he seduced her. Women are shown in negligees, with cleavage. Some Caribbean native women are shown performing suggestive dancing.

 

Language

A redneck sheriff uses the majority of the foul language, which includes "s--t," "hell," "damn," "ass," and "bitch." He also says, "what the f--k," but is cut off before he finishes. The term "half-cocked" is used as sexual innuendo.

 

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Bond only drinks and smokes occasionally in this one. The bad guy makes heroin, though the drug is never shown and is only referred to in passing. (We see a field of flowers, from which the drug is made.)

 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Live and Let Die is the eighth official James Bond film, and the first to feature Roger Moore in the lead role. The violence includes the death of many minor characters, with a little blood shown, and some minor, scary/creepy images involving a "zombie" during a ritual dance. Bond sleeps with three women over the course of the movie, and there's some playful innuendo, though nothing graphic is shown. Language is a bit stronger than in previous Bond movies, with uses of "s--t," "bitch," "ass," "hell," and "damn." Bond drinks and smokes a bit less than in other movies, however. It has a PG rating, but today would probably earn a PG-13. The movie has some fun moments, but it's not one of the better Bond entries. Only teens looking to see the entire series will want to bother.

 

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What's the story?

When three MI6 agents are mysteriously killed in the same 24-hour period, Agent 007, James Bond (Roger Moore) is sent to investigate. He first goes to Harlem, where he encounters Mr. Big, a drug lord, and his servant Solitaire (Jane Seymour), who reads Tarot cards and predicts her boss's future. Escaping an attempt on his life, Bond heads to San Monique, where he seduces Solitaire and runs into the Caribbean Prime Minister Kananga (Yaphet Kotto), who is somehow connected with Mr. Big and a huge heroin business. After a trip to New Orleans, and a run in with Sheriff J.W. Pepper, Bond returns to San Monique for a showdown. But can he escape Kananga's deadly shark tank?

 

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. How intense is it? How many characters have to die so that Bond can save the world? Are there any consequences?

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  • Bond is definitely a good guy, but his methods and behavior are questionable. Is he a role model? Does he seem "cool"? Is he someone to emulate? Why or why not?
  • How are women portrayed in the movie? Are they realistic? Strong?
  • How explicitly is heroin referred to or shown in this movie? Would it have been better to show more, or less?
  • How does Roger Moore compare to Sean Connery as James Bond?

Movie details

DVD release date:June 27, 1973
Cast:Roger Moore, Jane Seymour, Yaphet Kotto
Director:Guy Hamilton
Studio:United Artists
Genre:Action/Adventure
Run time:121 minutes
MPAA rating:PG

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Teen, 13 years old Written byJack lambert June 13, 2014
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13
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its a very chessey movie and a bit stage as well

there is some blood and mild sex and mild drugs
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Teen, 14 years old Written byJimmy brew September 20, 2014
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14
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Moore's first official bond movie is great but very dark and violent

My rating:PG-13 for intense violence and action,sexuality/nudity,language,smoking and drug use
Teen, 14 years old Written byThe age organizer January 25, 2015
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