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James Bond: From Worst to Best – Live & Let Die

With Spectre coming out next week, I wanted to do an extended look at the James Bond franchise and thought I would do my list of Worst to Best Bond films. I know this is premature because Spectre has not been released in the US yet, but I’m gonna really put this out there and guess that it will be better than at least my first four films on this list.

So Bond lovers, let me know what you think! I love nothing more than talking about these movies. Let me know if you agree or disagree with anything I say.

Live & Let Die

Live & Let Die

So let’s start with the worst. I know this was everyone’s introduction to Roger Moore as Bond. I know this is actually a favorite of many. Having grown up on these movies (even having seen Goldeneye in theaters at 6 years old) and seeing this film as a kid, teenager, and now as an adult…I can firmly say it is easily my least favorite Bond film. One of the biggest reasons for this is that it never feels like a Bond film. Apart from a great Bond girl, the fantastic Jane Seymour, and a memorable villain death scene, this is a bland and unexciting entry. Sure there’s the crocodile jump, which is actually pretty fun, but it is surrounded by so much blaxploitation (thanks to the Shaft era) and dull moments. One shoulda-been-great boat chase is completely ruined by a stupid subplot/side character Sheriff J.W. Pepper. The character honestly speaks for himself. I felt like I was watching a completely different movie. Cutting between Bond and the Sheriff during the boat chase was such a huge mistake. He is given so much screen time that Bond basically has a cameo during this section of the film. I’m sure the scene is only about five minutes long…but it honestly feels about thirty. But don’t worry readers, they bring the exact same character back for the next film in the series! Just in case you missed him…

Yes, Sheriff Pepper is a huge reason I do not like this movie but it doesn’t stop there. Bond never seems to belong in the setting that he is dropped into, especially once the whole VooDoo subplot takes center stage. I don’t want to spend much time on this movie because there are so many great ones to come. I will just leave you with this…

Watch the film if you haven’t seen it already (or don’t, you’re probably better off). If you have seen it, someone please tell me what the hell the reason for that final shot was! Is that how we want a Bond film to end? Overall, this is the only Bond film I do not own and do not find myself wanting to watch it more than once.

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  1. I completely agree. LALD is the worst of all, and I sincerely consider it as a horrible movie. In my opinion it has worst Bond soundtrack ever. The title song and George Martin´s 70´s style are simply terrible.

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