Live and Let Die (1973)

UK, 1973
35mm film, Rankcolor, 1.37:1 (negative ratio), 1.66:1 (intended ratio for European prints), 1.85:1 (intended ratio for US prints)
mono, English

A British borderline science fiction film directed by Guy Hamilton. It was the first big screen outing for Roger Moore as James Bond though he’d played a spoof version of the character as early as 1964 in an episode of the Millicent Martin television series.

Plot Summary

James Bond takes on an organised gang of drugs smugglers in the Caribbean.


Directed by: Guy Hamilton
© MCMLXXIII [1973] Danjaq S.A.
Eon Productions
Produced by: Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli
Screenplay by: Tom Mankiewicz
Director of Photography: Ted Moore
Editors: Bert Bates, Raymond Poulton & John Shirley
Music Score by: George Martin
Title Song Composed by: Paul and Linda McCartney
And Performed by: Paul McCartney and Wings
James Bond Theme: Monty Norman [uncredited]
Sound Recordists: John Mitchell & Ken Barker
Costume Designer: Julie Harris
Chief Make-Up: Paul Rabiger
Hairdressers: Colin Jamison, Mike Jones [uncredited]
Special Effects: Derek Meddings
Main Title Designed by: Maurice Binder
Supervising Art Director: Syd Cain
Locations: Jamaica; New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA; New York City, New York, USA; Slidell, Louisiana, USA
Studio: Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, UK

Roger Moore (James Bond)
Yaphet Kotto (Kananga/Mr Big)
Jane Seymour (Solitaire)
Clifton James (Sherrif Pepper)
Geoffrey Holder (Baron Samedi)
Julius W. Harris (Tee Hee)
David Hedison (Felix Leiter)
Gloria Hendry (Rosie)
Lois Maxwell (Moneypenny)
Bernard Lee (M)
Tommy Lane (Adam)
Earl Jolly Brown (Whisper)
Lon Satton (Strutter)
Roy Stewart (Quarrel)
B.J. Arnau (singer)
Ruth Kempf (Mrs Bell)
Arnold Williams (cab driver 1)
Joie Chitwood (Charlie)
Madeline Smith (beautiful girl)
Michael Ebbin (Dambala)

Alternative Titles

Agente 007, vivi e lascia morte – Italian title
James Bond 007 – Leben und sterben lassen – German title
Leva och låta dö – Swedish title
Vivre et laisser mourir – French title

Sequel to
Dr. No (1962)
From Russia with Love (1963)
Goldfinger (1964)
Thunderball (1965)
You Only Live Twice (1967)
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)
Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
Moonraker (1979)
For Your Eyes Only (1981)
Never Say Never Again (1983)
Octopussy (1983)
A View to a Kill (1985)
The Living Daylights (1987)
Licence to Kill (1989)
GoldenEye (1995)
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
The World Is Not Enough (1999)
Die Another Day (2002)
Casino Royale (2006)
Quantum of Solace (2008)
Skyfall (2012)
Spectre (2015)
No Time to Die (2021)

Extracts Included In
Happy Anniversary 007: 25 Years of James Bond (1987)
The James Bond Story (1999)
Premiere Bond: Die Another Day (2002)
Screen Test: 25 September 1973
Screen Test: 1 January 1974
The World of James Bond (1995)



  • CinemaTV Today no.10013 (6 January 1973) pp.30-31 – credits (In production)
  • CinemaTV Today no.10014 (13 January 1973) p.14 – credits (In production)
  • CinemaTV Today no.10015 (20 January 1973) p.10 – credits (In production)
  • CinemaTV Today no.10016 (27 January 1973) p.21 – credits (In production)
  • CinemaTV Today no.10017 (3 February 1973) p.12 – credits (In production)
  • CinemaTV Today no.10018 (10 February 1973) p.8 – credits (In production)
  • CinemaTV Today no.10019 (17 February 1973) pp.6; 8 – credits (In production); credits (Post production)
  • CinemaTV Today no.10020 (24 February 1973) p.10 – credits (In production)
  • CinemaTV Today no.10021 (3 March 1973) p.32 – credits (In production)
  • CinemaTV Today no.10022 (10 March 1973) p.10 – credits (In production)
  • CinemaTV Today no.10023 (17 March 1973) p.10 – credits (In production)
  • CinemaTV Today no.10026 (7 April 1973) p.14 – credits (Post production)
  • CinemaTV Today no.10027 (14 April 1973) p.12 – note (Music man)
  • CinemaTV Today no.10030 (5 May 1973) p.10 – credits (Post production)
  • CinemaTV Today 14 July 1973 p.16 – note
  • CinemaTV Today 30 June 1973 p.8 – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin August 1973 pp.171-172 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Sight & Sound June 1993 p.70 – note
  • Starburst April 1996 p.55 – illustrated note
  • Vanity Fair November 1999 pp.136-141 – illustrated article


  • Earth vs the Sci-fi Filmmakers: Twenty Interviews by Tom Weaver pp.61-85 – illustrated interview with Robert Dix
  • The Espionage Filmography: United States Releases, 1898 through 1999 by Paul Mavis p.180
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.229
  • The Incredible World of 007 by Lee Pfeiffer pp.176 – illustrated article
  • The International Spy Guide 001 by Richard Rhys Davies p.542 – illustrated credits, note
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.262 – credits
  • Roger Moore: His Films and Career by Gareth Owen and Oliver Bayan pp.233-238 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review