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[[caption-width-right:330:[-A fitting introduction to the wildest 007 of them all.-] ]]
->''When you were young and your heart\\
was an open book\\
You used to say live and let live\\
(you know you did, you know you did, you know you did...)\\
But if this ever changing world in which we're livin'\\
makes you give in and cry...\\
Say Live and Let Die!''
-->-- '''Music/PaulMcCartney and Music/{{Wings}}''' singing the title song

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[[TheOneWith The one where]] Bond gets called a "[[JiveTurkey honky]]."
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''Live and Let Die'' is the 8th ''Film/JamesBond'' film, starring Creator/RogerMoore in his first appearance. Bond is assigned to a case involving a drug lord that utilizes Voodoo (or at least the [[HollywoodVoodoo Hollywood version]]). After rescuing the drug lord's tarot fortune teller from her virginity, it becomes a plot of everybody trying to kill them.

It's one of the more [[LoveItOrHateIt polarizing]] ''Bond'' films. Some like it for its change of pace--it's the first time Bond deals with both organized crime and the supernatural--while others feel it was simply a {{Blaxploitation}} film with the 007 logo slapped on the front and were waiting for Creator/PamGrier to show up. It is noteworthy in that amongst the things it did to try and distance it from the "silliness" of the Creator/SeanConnery era, it didn't include a scene with Q (he's mentioned though).

This is a bit undermined by the fact that it's a film about ''Voodoo'' and includes Baron Samedi, implied to be the real deal. Plus, the gadgets used were further over the top than seen before, with a bit of an {{egregious}} AssPull of a rotary saw mode on the watch just when it was needed. On the other hand, the theme song by Paul [=McCartney=] & the Wings is widely regarded as one of the series' all time best, and has achieved a good deal of success independent of the film, being covered by Music/GunsNRoses and still played by [=McCartney=] today in his concerts. It's so famous that many younger people don't even know that it came from a Bond film.

Includes a boat chase in Louisiana, which resulted in at least a dozen speedboats being written off when they filmed it.
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!!This film contains examples of:


* {{Adorkable}}: Miss Caruso for the few minutes of screen time she has early on. With a smile like hers, how can anyone ''not'' like her?
* AerosolFlamethrower: Bond improvises one to kill the snake released in his bathroom.
* AgentsDating: Bond and ''Film/FoxyBrown'' {{Expy}} Rose Carver pretend to be husband and wife on vacation. [[spoiler: Turns out she's TheMole]].
* AmusingInjuries: BigBad's death scene.
* AnimalAssassin: A snake, presumably poisonous, is let loose in Bond's bathroom. Then later Mr. Big and/or his employees try to feed him to a bunch of crocodiles and then a bunch of sharks.
* ArtificialLimbs: Tee Hee's right arm is a prosthetic from the shoulder down; it doubles as a RedRightHand.
* AscendedExtra: In Fleming's novel, Tee Hee is one of three minor thugs ordered to dispose of Bond and Leiter, while Whisper appears in one scene as the operator of Mr. Big's communications network. The film expands their roles significantly.
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: The island of San Monique, which is neither French nor Spanish, in addition using the wrong gender for the saint herself. While the saint Monica of Hippo does indeed exist, her name would be "Santa Monica" in Spanish and "Sainte-Monique" in French. "San" refers to a masculine saint in Spanish.
* BadassBystander: Sheriff Pepper, actually. He nearly manages to subdue and arrest one of the major henchmen all by himself, and would have even succeeded if Bond wouldn't have, you know, nearly ''dropped a speed boat'' on him ([[ButtMonkey and let another one get neatly sandwiched in his patrol car]]).
* BalloonBelly: Kananga when he's inflated by the gas in the shark pellets.
* {{BFG}}: Bond spends most of the film with his compact Walther PPK, but come the finale, he trades it out for a large [[RevolversAreJustBetter revolver]], plus an anti-shark pistol with compressed gas bullets that make things [[RuleOfCool explode]].
* BigApplesauce: Starts at the UN, and also goes to [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity Harlem]].
* TheBigEasy: Bond takes Solitaire to New Orleans after their escape from San Monique, but are quickly captured by Mr. Big's men.
* BlofeldPloy: Inverted. Kananga looks like he's going to test Bond's shark gun on Whisper, but he shoots the couch he's sitting on instead (then again, over the years the couch had surely served him well)
* BoardToDeath: Secret Service agent stationed in the UsefulNotes/UnitedNations building is killed with a contraption that kills him with sound through his translator earplug.
* BondOneLiner
** "[[[spoiler:Kananga]]] did have an ''inflated'' opinion of himself."
** "Just being disarming." referring to Tee-Hee.
*** An unintentional one from Solitaire: "That wasn't very funny" referring again to Tee-Hee.
* BondVillainStupidity:
** Bond is left on a small island surrounded by crocodiles without a single guard watching to make sure he dies, after having previously escaped Kananga's traps more than once. Why they don't shoot him ''then'' feed his body to the crocs is a question you're just not supposed to ask. Of course, it's possible they did it ForTheEvulz. Being eaten ''alive'' is a pretty scary death.
** Although averted pretty early in the movie, when Mr. Big tells his men to "take this honky out and waste him!" within three seconds of meeting Bond.
%%* BookSafe: A Bible.
* BottomlessMagazines: Averted, Bond uses a revolver at one point and fires exactly six shots before resorting to hand-to-hand combat.
* ChekhovsGun: The shark pellets that Bond is given.
* TheChessmaster: Thanks to Solitaire's abilities, Kananga stands two steps ahead of Bond throughout much of the movie.
* ClosetShuffle: Miss Caruso takes refuge in Bond's closet when M drops by unexpectedly. Moneypenny sees her, but helps her stay hidden.
* ContinuityNod: Bond's reaction when the San Monique concierge tells him "Mrs. Bond" has already checked in would suggest the events of ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'' still strikes a nerve.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Again, Kananga when he's inflated by the gas in the shark pellets. The man eventually explodes into gobbets.
* CuteClumsyGirl: Rosie Carver, though this could be [[ObfuscatingStupidity at least partially an act]].
* DeadFootLeadfoot: Whisper kills Bond's driver not long after his arrival on New York, and he has to navigate through traffic with the dead guy's foot on the gas.
%%* DeathByGluttony
* DeathBySex: [[spoiler: Rosie Carver, averted with Solitaire]].
* DeusExMachina: Quite unusually, Bond's magnet watch also turns out to have a serrated edge that can cut ropes when the face is spun, which comes out of nowhere in the climax. Ironically, it's perhaps the most plausible gadget in the whole series, so you'd think writing in a mention of it beforehand wouldn't be too hard.
* TheDragon: Tee Hee, Baron Samedi.
** DragonTheirFeet: Tee Hee
** DragonInChief: If Samedi is the real deal, he's probably this.
* ElaborateUndergroundBase: Under San Monique.
* [[EverybodyOwnsAFord Everybody Owns a Chevy]]: The film was sponsored by the Chevrolet Division of GM. Rather {{egregious}}, since practically every (non-taxi or pimp) vehicle in New York seem to be a Chevy.
* EveryoneHatesHades: Baron Samedi is portrayed as a Voodoo version of Satan who has numerous zombie servants. In actual Voodoo mythology, Samedi is known for making the dead rot quicker so they can't be turned into zombies.
* EvilChancellor: Mister Big himself.
* EvilLaugh: Baron Samedi, who has a single line, but lots of laughter (which even appears in ''[[VideoGame/GoldenEye1997 GoldenEye 007]]'').
* {{Fingore}}: Someone threatens to cut off Bond's finger, along with some... [[GroinAttack other]] important parts of his anatomy.
* FlashedBadgeHijack: Sheriff Pepper commandeers a Louisiana State Police car after a speedboat crashes onto his.
* FortuneTeller: Solitaire has the ability to see the future by reading tarot cards.
* GadgetWatches: Bond's latest watch has magnetic and rotary saw capability.
* GainaxEnding: The final scene is [[spoiler: the voodoo priest apparently resurrecting himself for real.]]
* GilliganCut: While waiting for Bond to return to Quarrel jr.'s boat, Leiter comments "He must have gotten tied up somewhere", followed by a cut to Bond and Solitaire tied to a death trap.
* GroinAttack: Bond may or may not have kicked Tee-Hee in the nuts during their climactic fight, but judging by the way Tee-Hee squeals when Bond gets the advantage it seems a good indicator that he did.
* HollywoodPoliceDrivingAcademy: Arguably turned UpToEleven as several police cars are wrecked during a ''boat'' chase.
* HollywoodVoodoo: Dr. Kananga uses voodoo as means to scare the populace of San Monique to stay away from his poppy fields.
* HowUnscientific
** The BigBad's death scene.
** Not to mention Baron Samedi surviving his "death", and appearing mysteriously laughing on the back of the train at the end of the movie, leading to a RealAfterAll implication.
* TheHyena: Most of the time, Baron Samedi just laughs at things.
* InnocentFanserviceGirl: Miss Caruso in the post-credits opening. Solitaire herself.
* InstantConvertible: Done with a bus when the police force of San Monique is chasing Bond, and he drives under a tunnel.
* ItsAlwaysMardiGrasInNewOrleans: Averted, it uses [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jazz_funeral jazz funerals]].
* JustBetweenYouAndMe
** Subverted when Mr. Big says "Take this honky out and waste him!"
** Played straight when Kananga captures Bond near the end of the movie., though only in the manner Bond villains usually play this- Bond already knows what's going on, and Kanaga is just clearing up technical details (or rather, he's letting ''Bond himself'' clear up those details), like how he plans on smuggling his drugs into America in the first place. Also subverted in that Bond has already blown his poppy fields up and his plan is (temporarily) foiled already.
* KickTheDog: When Kananga slaps Solitaire in the face after she sleeps with Bond.
* LargeHam
** Kananga
** Sheriff J.W. Pepper too, even more when he [[Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun returns in the next film]].
** Baron Samedi and Tee Hee
* LatexPerfection: [[spoiler:Dr. Kananga as Mr. Big]]. A subversion- the actor is wearing real latex (and a wig), and is playing both characters [[spoiler: who were always the same person anyway.]] The attempt to change the facial features works pretty well, all things considered.
* MacheteMayhem: As he is rescuing Solitaire, Bond shoots a guy who is about hit him with a machete, and later uses it against Baron Samedi in a very brief SwordFight.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Baron Samedi and his apparent resurrection powers.
* MeaningfulName: Baron Samedi, since he might be the real deal.
* TheMole: [[spoiler: Rosie Carver.]]
* {{Mondegreen}}: The theme song includes a line about "this ever changing world in which we're living," which has often been misheard and mocked as the [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment redundant]] "in which we live in."
* MutilationInterrogation: Tee Hee and Bond.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: An almost completely naked Miss Caruso (Bond's one night stand) gets caught by Miss Moneypenny while making a dash for the closet in the hopes of not being caught with her pants down.
* NeverSmileAtACrocodile: At one point during the film, Bond is trapped on a small island in the middle of a pond at a crocodile farm. [[spoiler: He manages to escape by jumping on the backs of the reptiles.]] Tee Hee points out one in particular that tore off his arm before the events of the movie.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: There was absolutely no mention of Bond's magnet watch having a buzzsaw function until the moment he turned it on to cut the ropes he was bound with.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed / MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Kananga is at least partially based on Dr. Francois "Papa Doc" Duvalier, dictator of Haiti, who used Voodoo as the basis of his personality cult and even claimed that he was Baron Samedi. Inverted with the character's name; Kananga was the RealLife owner of the crocodile farm and the producers decided to use his name for the movie, so the real Kananga became a minor celebrity as a result of this film.
* NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine: Kananga, after he captures Bond in his underground lair.
* NotMyDriver: Happens to Bond and Solitaire when they get a cab in New Orleans. The driver turns out to be the same guy who drove Bond back in Harlem, who then proceeds to trap them in his car.
* TheNudifier: Bond uses his magnetic watch to strip down his one night stand, the beautiful Italian agent known only as Miss Caruso (billed as "Beautiful Girl" in the end credits).
* OhCrap: Tee Hee, when Bond [[spoiler: cuts the cables to his prosthetic arm, locking him in place on a window handle.]]
** Miss Caruso when Ms. Moneypenny catches her emerging from Bond's bedroom wearing nothing but her frilly blue panties and covering her topless self with his robe. Fortunately for her Ms. Moneypenny is just nice enough to stay quiet while she retrieves her clothes and hides in the closet and is then nice enough to keep M from discovering the poor Italian agent.
* ParanormalEpisode: Even Bond had a run of this here, where he faces off with a henchmen claimed to be Baron Samedi. He's seemingly killed, but shown alive at the end of the film, hinting he [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane may have been]] the genuine article.
* PistolWhipping: Adam, one of Mr. Big's thugs, knocks out Sheriff Pepper's brother-in-law Billy Bob when he steals his boat.
* PowerPerversionPotential: Proven when Bond uses his magnetic watch to ''unzip'' a woman's dress.
* PrecisionFStrike: The first of ([[Film/AViewToAKill currently]], [[Film/LicenceToKill as]] [[Film/QuantumOfSolace of]] [[Film/{{Skyfall}} 2012]]) five Bond films to use strong profanity. [[SoundEffectBleep However, only one of them gets through.]]
* RealityIsUnrealistic: One of the most unbelievable and cartoonish stunts, [[spoiler: Bond jumping on some crocodiles to safety after being left to die on a small island]] was actually an authentic feat by the owner of the crocodile ranch. [[spoiler: Yes, those were real crocodiles (though their feet were tied down).]]
* RedRightHand: Tee Hee's [[ArtificialLimbs right arm]].
* ReligionIsMagic: Baron Samedi and voodoo.
* SameLanguageDub: Regular Bond voice artist Nikki Van der Zyl dubbed much of Jane Seymour's dialogue.
* ScaryBlackMan: Tee Hee (the dude with the claw), Baron Samedi, Mr. Big.
* ScaryScarecrows: San Monique is littered with scraecrows that have cameras and in one case, a dart gun, hidden in them.
* SceneryGorn: The back alley in Harlem where Mr. Big's goons take Bond out to shoot him.
* TheSeventies: More blatant here than in the others from this decade.
* SharkPool: Twice, once with alligators and once with sharks.
* ShoeShineMister: While Bond is trailing Kananga's car in Harlem, he's spotted by a black shoeshine man, who calls Mr. Big on a radio inside his shoeshine kit.
%%* SoundEffectBleep
* ShownTheirWork: A minor example, but a lot of the things Tee-Hee says regarding crocodilians are accurate, such as their long lifespans, their slow appetites and the methods of telling crocodiles and alligators apart.
* StandardHollywoodStrafingProcedure: By a helicopter while Bond is hiding under the poppy field net.
%%* StayingAlive: Baron Samedi
%%* StormingTheCastle
* SureLetsGoWithThat: Bond's original escape from the crocodiles involved both the boat and the watch. However, after Kananga (the owner of the ranch, not the movie's villain) showed the filming crew that he could run over the the crocs, they decided to go with that one instead and just added a rope to the boat.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Quarrel Jr., to his father. Which they did to work around the fact that Quarrel first appeared in the book ''Literature/LiveAndLetDie'', but they filmed ''Literature/DrNo'', in which Quarrel dies, first.
* TapOnTheHead: Tee Hee to Bond, and Bond to a number of {{mooks}}.
* TarotMotifs: A new deck was designed for the movie.
* ThemeTuneCameo: A lounge singer gives the title song a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UVTsiNbICQ Motown-style reprise]], and she mocks Bond from the stage as he's captured by the bad guys.
* TownWithADarkSecret: Many Louisiana's citizens are part of Kananga's racket. He apparently has enough people to stage a jazz funeral in order to [[spoiler:dispose of a target's body]].
* TraintopBattle: Though it never actually gets on ''top'' of the train.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Easily one of the most dated Bond films. Dig those '70s fashions!
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: It would seem that every black person in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity, [[TheBigEasy New Orleans]], and the fictional San Monique works for the BigBad, or knows him enough not to be surprised when Bond's table at a restaurant is suddenly lowered into the villain's lair as the singer taunts him. This could be UnfortunateImplications considering that BigBad is a ''heroin dealer''.
* VirginPower: Solitaire's tarot reading ability depends on her virginity.
* WhyDontYaJustShootHim
** The "Unnecessarily Slow Moving Dipping Mechanism" parodied in the first ''AustinPowers'' film was more than likely inspired by the machine that Kananga uses in his attempt to dispose of Bond and Solitaire near the end of this film. Kananga wanted to give the shark a chance to get the scent of blood; ironically, Whisper ''was'' going to put Bond in fast- Kananga told him to ''slow down'' to, as he put it, "let our diners assemble".
** Likewise the "put him in an easily-escapable deathtrap and then just walk away and assume it worked" meme is exemplified when Bond is marooned on a rock in a lake full of hungry crocodiles without even a single {{mook}} left behind to watch him, though to be fair, nobody could have predicted him running across their backs to shore.
** As mentioned above, Mr. Big completely averts this on his first meeting with Bond -- but it's still the first act, so Bond kung-fus his way out of it.
** [[http://theincrediblesuit.blogspot.com/2011/08/blogalongabond-live-and-let-die.html This article]] goes into further detail, counting a whopping 10 moments, including the two earlier mentioned attempts.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Shockingly, Bond implies this about Solitaire at one point. Although he says it to Quarrel Jr., not her.
* ZipMeUp: Inverted when Bond uses a magnetic watch to ''unzip'' a woman's dress. Now ''that's'' what we call PowerPerversionPotential.
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