History YMMV / LiveAndLetDie

22nd Nov '17 4:07:21 AM ClintEastwood
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* FairForItsDay: ''Live and Let Die'' was Ian Fleming's second 007 novel (1954) - while the book's narrative and the black dialect Bond hears in Harlem read pretty cringe-worthy, and Bond's got some very politically incorrect attitudes towards blacks, he does observe that a typical young couple in the restaurant he goes to is interested in the same things as everyone else in the world, and is glad "they're not genteel about it". Mister Big himself notes that blacks have made major contributions to many human endeavors, and aims to be the first black super-criminal. Felix Leiter is also openly accepting of blacks and even reminds Bond to be less rude when referring to them. Also, during Bond's initial briefing, even M (a hidebound reactionary even by the standards of the time) says that Mr. Big or someone like him was inevitable.

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* FairForItsDay: ''Live and Let Die'' This was Ian Fleming's Creator/IanFleming's second 007 novel (1954) - while the book's narrative and the black dialect Bond hears in Harlem read pretty cringe-worthy, and Bond's got some very politically incorrect attitudes towards blacks, he does observe that a typical young couple in the restaurant he goes to is interested in the same things as everyone else in the world, and is glad "they're not genteel about it". Mister Big himself notes that blacks have made major contributions to many human endeavors, and aims to be the first black super-criminal. Felix Leiter is also openly accepting of blacks and even reminds Bond to be less rude when referring to them. Also, during Bond's initial briefing, even M (a hidebound reactionary even by the standards of the time) says that Mr. Big or someone like him was inevitable.
27th Oct '17 11:40:44 AM ClintEastwood
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* BadassDecay: Bond is supposed to be a very good spy and secret agent. Yet on this movie it is quite jarring how EVERYBODY seems to know what he is, what's he's up to, and what he's doing. Not only that, but they're following and tailing him at almost EVERY SINGLE INSTANT in the whole film, to the point he gets betrayed twice AND trapped three times. At least part of this is explained by Solitaire's tarot reading giving the bad guys a heads up. After that, Mr. Big ''is'' well connected. There is also a recurring theme in the Roger Moore films where Bond is less of a secret agent and more of a ''living legend'' given Scaramanga's reaction to him (which is not entirely unlikely given how he is a OneManArmy who has saved the whole world at least twice by this point.)

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* BadassDecay: Bond is supposed to be a very good spy and secret agent. Yet on this movie it is quite jarring how EVERYBODY seems to know what he is, what's he's up to, and what he's doing. Not only that, but they're following and tailing him at almost EVERY SINGLE INSTANT in the whole film, to the point he gets betrayed twice AND trapped three times. At least part of this is explained by Solitaire's tarot reading giving the bad guys a heads up. After that, Mr. Big ''is'' well connected. There is also a recurring theme in the Roger Moore Creator/RogerMoore films where Bond is less of a secret agent and more of a ''living legend'' given Scaramanga's reaction to him (which is not entirely unlikely given how he is a OneManArmy who has saved the whole world at least twice by this point.)



** David Hedison is one of the more popular actors to portray Felix Leiter. His likability in the part and his great chemistry with Roger Moore probably did much to convince the producers to bring him back opposite Timothy Dalton sixteen years later in ''Film/LicenceToKill''.

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** David Hedison is one of the more popular actors to portray Felix Leiter. His likability in the part and his great chemistry with Roger Moore Creator/RogerMoore probably did much to convince the producers to bring him back opposite Timothy Dalton Creator/TimothyDalton sixteen years later in ''Film/LicenceToKill''.



** Inflatable Yaphet Kotto, for a start.

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** Inflatable Yaphet Kotto, Creator/YaphetKotto, for a start.



** Italian agent Caruso, seen only in the opening scene where she had slept with Bond after a mission in Rome, then hides in the closet from M when he and Moneypenny unexpectedly show up at Bond's apartment.

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** Italian agent Miss Caruso, seen only in the opening scene where she had slept with Bond after a mission in Rome, then hides in the closet from M when he and Moneypenny unexpectedly show up at Bond's apartment.



* SoOkayItsAverage: Generally considered a campy and rather stereotypical period piece that is lifted up by a suspenseful plot driven by Roger Moore and Jane Seymour's standout performances.

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* SoOkayItsAverage: Generally considered a campy and rather stereotypical period piece that is lifted up by a suspenseful plot driven by Roger Moore Creator/RogerMoore and Jane Seymour's Creator/JaneSeymourActress's standout performances.



* TearJerker: All of the abuse Solitaire endures at Kananga's hands; especially noteworthy is when he knocks her to the ground after having lost her abilities.
** Rosie's death. Treacherous as she was, she clearly did not appreciate what she had gotten herself in to and her fear at being killed proves to be very real at the end.
11th Oct '17 9:41:13 AM Saveelich
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* FairForItsDay: For all the cringeworthy portrayals of African-Americans as jive-talking superstitious criminals, Bond's two most competent allies, Quarell and Strutter, are both African-American, and the bigoted sheriff J.W. Pepper is portrayed as and openly referred to as an idiot. And if you're feeling extra generous, you can write off the "jive-talking superstitious" part of that last sentence as the Kananga's personal fetish, enforcing the theme on his underlings. You could also note that Creator/YaphetKotto plays Kananga as being every bit as sophisticated, intelligent, and dangerous as any other Bond villain.

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* FairForItsDay: For all the cringeworthy portrayals of African-Americans as jive-talking superstitious criminals, Bond's two most competent allies, Quarell and Strutter, are both African-American, and the bigoted white sheriff J.W. Pepper is portrayed as and openly referred to as an idiot. And if you're feeling extra generous, you can write off the "jive-talking superstitious" part of that last sentence as the Kananga's personal fetish, enforcing the theme on his underlings. You could also note that Creator/YaphetKotto plays Kananga as being every bit as sophisticated, intelligent, intelligent and dangerous as any other Bond villain.
27th Aug '17 7:01:15 PM TheTrailblazerCritic
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\n\n* WTHCostumingDepartment: An excusable case as it was simply a product of the times, but damn near every outfit seen on screen just screams of the Seventies all throughout. Less forgivable is Kananga's guise as Mr. Big, with his mask and wig barely concealing who he really is.


29th Jul '17 5:27:29 AM CynicalBastardo
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** Bond ends up StormingTheCastle wearing a [[WesternAnimation/{{Archer}} turtleneck]].
21st Jul '17 2:20:45 AM moloch
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* BrokenBase: Relating to Baron Samedi's immortality, Solitaire's VirginPower of clairvoyance, and the implication that Kananga is old enough to be Solitaire's grandfather despite appearing to be in his late 40's. Accepting that these are real (and there is a lot of potential evidence that they are) means that you are accepting the existence of magic in the James Bond franchise, which is understandably something that a lot of people have a problem with in their spy fiction. Especially if you are a fan of the darker and more realistic incarnations of Bond such as Timothy Dalton.

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* BrokenBase: Relating to Baron Samedi's immortality, Solitaire's VirginPower of clairvoyance, and the implication that Kananga is old enough to be Solitaire's grandfather despite appearing to be in his late 40's. Accepting that these are real (and there is a lot of potential evidence that they are) means that you are accepting the existence of magic in the James Bond franchise, which is understandably something that a lot of people have a problem with in their spy fiction. Especially if you are a fan of the darker and more realistic incarnations of Bond such as Timothy Dalton. (That said, "magic in James Bond" is OlderThanTheyThink, as both this novel and ''Literature/FromRussiaWithLove'' feature [[PropheciesAreAlwaysRight surprisingly accurate prophesies]]).
4th Jun '17 6:38:12 PM JamesAustin
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* Bond hears Felix communicating to his car through a cigarette lighter, noting "[[{{Pun}} A genuine Felix Leiter/Lighter. Illuminating.]]" In ''Film/LicenceToKill'', Felix (again played by David Hedison) gives Bond a cigarette lighter as a gift for being his wedding's best man [[spoiler:which he uses to kill Franz Sanchez as vengeance for the maiming of Felix and the death of Felix's wife]] ...all of which happened to him in the book ''Live and Let Die''.

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* ** Bond hears Felix communicating to his car through a cigarette lighter, noting "[[{{Pun}} A genuine Felix Leiter/Lighter. Illuminating.]]" In ''Film/LicenceToKill'', Felix (again played by David Hedison) gives Bond a cigarette lighter as a gift for being his wedding's best man [[spoiler:which he uses to kill Franz Sanchez as vengeance for the maiming of Felix and the death of Felix's wife]] ...all of which happened to him in the book ''Live and Let Die''.
2nd Jun '17 1:59:39 PM JamesAustin
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* HilariousInHindsight: Bond hears Felix communicating to his car through a cigarette lighter, noting "[[{{Pun}} A genuine Felix Leiter/Lighter. Illuminating.]]" In ''Film/LicenceToKill'', Felix (again played by David Hedison) gives Bond a cigarette lighter as a gift for being his wedding's best man [[spoiler:which he uses to kill Franz Sanchez as vengeance for the maiming of Felix and the death of Felix's wife]] ...all of which happened to him in the book ''Live and Let Die''.
** After her deflowering, [[GoodBadGirl Solitaire suddenly can't get enough sex with Bond]]. Years later, Creator/JaneSeymour stars in ''Film/WeddingCrashers'' as the more sex-crazed Katherine Cleary. And bonus points, her husband William is played by Creator/ChristopherWalken, who played Max Zorin in ''Film/AViewToAKill'', which was Creator/RogerMoore's last Bond film.

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* HilariousInHindsight: HilariousInHindsight:
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Bond hears Felix communicating to his car through a cigarette lighter, noting "[[{{Pun}} A genuine Felix Leiter/Lighter. Illuminating.]]" In ''Film/LicenceToKill'', Felix (again played by David Hedison) gives Bond a cigarette lighter as a gift for being his wedding's best man [[spoiler:which he uses to kill Franz Sanchez as vengeance for the maiming of Felix and the death of Felix's wife]] ...all of which happened to him in the book ''Live and Let Die''.
** After her deflowering, [[GoodBadGirl Solitaire suddenly can't get enough sex with Bond]]. Years later, Creator/JaneSeymour Creator/JaneSeymourActress stars in ''Film/WeddingCrashers'' as the more sex-crazed Katherine Cleary. And bonus points, her husband William is played by Creator/ChristopherWalken, who played Max Zorin in ''Film/AViewToAKill'', which was Creator/RogerMoore's last Bond film.
1st May '17 5:17:56 PM DesertDragon
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* OneSceneWonder: The lovely Ms. Caruso from after the title sequence.

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* OneSceneWonder: The lovely Ms. Caruso from OneSceneWonder:
** Italian agent Caruso, seen only in the opening scene where she had slept with Bond
after a mission in Rome, then hides in the title sequence. closet from M when he and Moneypenny unexpectedly show up at Bond's apartment.
** Adam, one of the the Big Bad's goons who leads the lengthy boat chase after Bond.
28th Apr '17 11:21:02 AM Hawaii_Knut
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* [=Tearjerker=]: All of the abuse Solitaire endures at Kananga's hands; especially noteworthy is when he knocks her to the ground after having lost her abilities.

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* [=Tearjerker=]: TearJerker: All of the abuse Solitaire endures at Kananga's hands; especially noteworthy is when he knocks her to the ground after having lost her abilities.
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