Live and Let Die
Roger Moore debuts as suave secret agent James Bond, who's sent to the United States to go after a master criminal scheming to take over the country by turning the populace into heroin junkies. Paul McCartney provides the Oscar-nominated title tune.
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- Guy Hamilton
- DVD and Blu-ray
- 1974 Academy Award®
- Best Music Song nominee
PGParental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1Subtitles
English, FrenchClosed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital Mono, French: Dolby Digital MonoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; photo gallery; TV and radio spots; audio commentary; storyboards; making-of documentary; behind-the-scenes footage; trailers.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1Subtitles
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: DTS 5.1 HD, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; audio commentary; bonus information featurettes; photo gallery.
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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.
- Sexual Content
- 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.
- Social Behavior
- 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.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- 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.)
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it