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Live And Let Die: Declassified


Villain: Dr. Kananga / Mr. Big (Yaphet Kotto)

Henchmen: Tee Hee (Julius W Harris), Whisper (Earl Jolly Brown), Baron Samedi (Geoffrey Holder), Adam (Tommy Lane), Rosie Carver (Gloria Hendry)

The Girls: Solitaire (Jane Seymour), Miss Caruso (Madeline Smith)

Locations: New York, New Orleans, London, San Monique (Jamaica)

The Song:  Live And Let Die by Paul McCartney and Wings

The cars: 1963 Chevrolet Impala convertible, 1947 AEC Regent Double-decker bus,

The gadgets:
Digital watch
Rolex with magnet and circular saw
Poison dart shooting mirror
Cigarette lighter communicator
Bug detector
Hairbrush transmitter
Dr. Kanaga's scarecrows with hidden video "eyes" and guns.
Hang glider
Flute transmitter
Compressed air pellet

Quotes:

[Bond has just explained the first two Lover's Lessons to Solitaire]
Solitaire: Is there time before we leave, for Lesson number 3?
James Bond: [undressing] Of course. There's no sense going out half-cocked.

[as Bond unzips Miss Caruso's dress with the magnet in his watch]
Miss Caruso: Such a delicate touch.
James Bond: Sheer magnetism, darling.

[Bond removes prosthetic arm from train window]
Solitaire: Now what are you doing?
James Bond: Just being disarming, darling.

Solitaire: [Kananga has just died from the gas pellet shoved in his mouth] Where's Kananga?
James Bond: He always did have an inflated opinion of himself.


Trivia:

The first Bond film in which 007 has a liaison with an "African black" woman, Rosie Carver, played by Gloria Hendry. This meant that when the film was released in South Africa, all Hendry's love scenes were removed because of the apartheid policies of the South African government.

The boat chase through the bayous was originally written in the script as just "Scene 156 - The most terrific boat chase you've ever seen". Bond's speedboat jump made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for its distance of 110 feet, a record that stood for three years. Clifton James' spontaneous character acting in that scene was kept in the final print. The second boat was not scripted to collide with the police car, but after this happened while shooting the stunt, the script was changed to accommodate it.

Ross Kananga, who owned the crocodile farm in which Bond escapes some hungry reptiles, ended up performing the stunt himself. He wore Roger Moore's clothes and shoes made of crocodile skin with football studs attached. It took five attempts to complete the stunt. During the fourth attempt, one of the crocodiles snapped at one of the shoes as it went by.

The director purchased an old double decker London bus for 500 pounds.  They measured the bridge in Jamaica and tested the stunt at Pinewood studios with a steel bar at the same height. The top was taken off the bus and two sliders with ball bearings were installed and soft metal at the front so that the top of the bus slid off on impact.  They perfected the stunt at Pinewood studios before taking the bus to Jamaica for the shoot. The stunt was filmed in just one take.

Both Roger Moore and Jane Seymour actually performed the stunt. Roger Moore had to undertake very quick crash course in bus driving so as to be able to drive a double-decker bus for the motorbike/bus chase sequence.


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