Common Sense Note
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Drugs / Tobacco /
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.)