Bond Gossip: Connery allegedly enjoyed a fling on the set with co-star Lana Wood (sister of Natalie, about whom she later wrote a memoir). Her character's name is Plenty O'Toole. A naked Plenty gets thrown out of a Las Vegas hotel window, only to escape serious harm by landing in the swimming pool. The DVD extras include a deleted scene that shows what happens next -- she removes herself from the pool and sneaks back into Bond's room undetected, while he is frolicking in bed with Tiffany Case.
Best Spy Gadget: Bond uses a fake fingerprint that sticks to the tip of his finger.
Live and Let Die (1973)
Enter Roger Moore as 007, previously best known as Simon Templar from the British TV show The Saint.
Moore in Live and Let Die
Moore was 45 at the time-the oldest actor yet to start playing Bond. Moore pleasantly surprises as a very passable 007, although he is never quite as physically menacing as Connery. The popular character Q was left out, but fans revolted and demanded him back for the next Bond outing (The Man With the Golden Gun). Moore's Bond also never drinks a "shaken, not stirred" martini (he has bourbon whiskey instead). Live and Let Die has an amazingly catchy theme song written by Paul and Linda McCartney that became the first Bond song to be nominated for an Academy Award.
The plot revolves around a drug lord known as "Mr. Big" (Yaphet Kotto), who turns out to be the dictator of a small country in the Caribbean named Kananga. The scenes shot in Harlem and New Orleans have been described as "pure blaxploitation," a common film genre in the early 1970s. Jane Seymour plays the alluring tarot card reader Solitaire, who has psychic powers, but only as long as she remains a virgin (unfortunately for her the crafty, and always horny, 007 pulls a fast one on her with the tarot cards that leads them to act out the card entitled "The Lovers"). Bond also has his first kissing scene with a black character-CIA double agent Rosie Carver (Gloria Hendry).
Most Memorable Scene: Bond escapes a deadly situation at an alligator farm in the Louisiana swamplands by jumping across the backs of several gators.
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