My Favourite… Roger Moore Film
As death continues it’s relentless march through the gifted and talented of TV and film, My Favourite… celebrates those we have lost by taking a look at a slice of their best work. Well sometimes best, sometimes just the one I like the most.
This time out: My Favourite…. Roger Moore (1927-2017) Film
LIVE AND LET DIE (1973)
When Bond (Roger Moore) investigates the murders of three fellow agents, he finds himself a target, evading vicious assassins as he closes in on powerful Kananga (Yaphet Kotto). Known on the streets as Mr. Big, Kananga is coordinating a global threat, using tons of self-produced heroin. As Bond tries to unravel the mastermind’s plan, he meets Solitaire (Jane Seymour), a beautiful tarot-card reader, whose magic is crucial to the crime lord.
Let’s face it whoever followed Connery was going to find it tough. But when Lazenby tanked (Best film worst Bond!) and Connery returned for a somewhat half arsed effort, it was TV’s The Saint that would inherit the infamous Walter PPK and gadget packed cars and in turn capture people’s hearts as a very different (but much welcomed) style of Bond. Yes the scripts got saltier and the films more silly as Moore’s run continued but it was Live And Let Die that captured the right amount of grit carried over from the Connery era and mixed with the new, more suave 007. It’s voodoo, black magic and mystery all the way in what is a pretty dark film at times. Oh and other than MAYBE Goldfinger, Live And Let Die still has the best Bond theme for me.
See also: Cannonball Run, The Spy Who Loved Me, The Wild Geese