LIVE AND LET DIE (1973)

A year ago, The Unenthusiastic Critic was introduced to her first pre-Daniel-Craig 007 in 1964’s Goldfinger, starring Sean Connery. Now, she’s ready for Moore: Roger Moore, that is, in 1973’s Live and Let Die. 

Live and Let Die was Moore’s first turn as James Bond, and a bit of a departure for the series, as the British super-spy finds himself plopped down in the middle of a blaxploitation film, contending with Harlem drug dealers, New Orleans jazz assassins, and Caribbean voodoo priests.

Nakea has already written off James Bond as an agent of British Imperialism, a symbol of European colonialism, and a pathetic assertion of threatened white hegemony. Is there any chance his appropriation of the tropes of ’70s black cinema could turn her around on this franchise?

(No: There is absolutely no chance of that.)

Program

0:00: Apology and Disclaimer
0:57: Cultural Osmosis: Pre-Viewing Discussion 
12:52: Interlude: Original Trailer for Live and Let Die
14:32: The Verdict: Post-Viewing Discussion
1:23:27: Outro and Next Week’s Movie
1:24:27: Outtake

Notes and Links

—Movie Reviewed: Live and Let Die (dir. Guy Hamilton, United Artists, 1973).
—Articles Mentioned: “Racist Cultural Appropriation in Live and Let Die,” Jacqueline Ristola, In Media Res; “Jonesing James Bond: Co-opting Co-optation and the Rules of Racial Subordination,” Christopher S. Norton and Garrett Chafflin-Quiray, in Shocking Cinema of the Seventies, ed. Xavier Mendik; “Roger Moore Was the Best Bond Because He Was the Gen X Bond,” A.O. Scott, New York Times; Review by Roger Ebert, rogerebert.com; “Yaphet Kotto Kills Live and Let Die,” James M. Tate, Cult Film Freak.
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