Live and Let Die (1973)
OH LORD, THEY REALLY DOUBLED DOWN ON THE RACISM…
CW: Racism and frank discussions of race. Like A LOT. Plus violence, some discussion of disease, snakes, casual sexism, and sexual harassment.
It's time to get back to Bond, and that's great, right? Like, it's James Bond, he's always fun and we get a new Bond to talk about. Oh, except that whole issue of "we the super white producers of this British spy thought it'd be cool to make a blaxploitation film and have all the villains be black." This movie's just dripping with barely veiled racism, and to top it off it's also pretty damn boring. The only saving grace is Roger Moore, who's by far the most charming (and possibly most lusty) Bond of all time. That and perhaps the greatest Bond theme of all time. We didn't expect to start off with a dumpster fire, but that's what we got this week when we reviewed Live and Let Die!
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Excerpt taken from "James Bond Theme," written and composed by John Barry, and performed by the John Barry Orchestra. ℗ 1962, 2012 Capitol Records LLC.
Clips from Live and Let Die © 1973 United Artists Corporation and Danjaq, LLC.
Excerpt taken from "Going West (Main Title)," the theme song for Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, composed by William Patrick Olvis. © 1998 Blue Focus Management.
Excerpt taken from "Live and Let Die," written by Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney, and performed by Paul McCartney and Wings. © 1973 Apple Records, United Artists Records.
Excerpt taken from from "The Man with the Golden Gun," written and composed by John Barry and Don Black, and performed by Lulu. © 1974 Chelsea Records, United Artists Records.
Intro music taken from the Second Movement of Ludwig von Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Hong Kong (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 HK) license. To hear the full performance or get more information, visit the song page at the Internet Archive.