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3. Live and Let Die

(1973)

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Ranking the Bond films: Live and Let Die

The movie that proved there would be life after Sean Connery. Roger Moore slipped into 007's tuxedo so comfortably, he was able to keep the vodka martinis flowing over two decades. But never with more aplomb than in this first turn. Ignore the uncomfortable racial undertones (the movie was supposed to be Bond's answer to Shaft) and savor some of the niftiest gadgets (a bullet-deflecting, chainsaw wristwatch) and cleverest action beats (Bond hopscotching through an alligator pond) of the entire series.

Originally posted Nov 16, 2006