Roger Moore was the FDR of James Bond movies. He appeared in more movies by any other Bond, and he left the character not because he personally felt like he should, but because he basically died in office. I don’t mean it literally, of course. I mean that in 1979, Moonraker gave him a diagnosis for chronic silliness disorder, and by 1985’s A View to a Kill, the goofiness murdered his Bond persona.
But 1973 brought Live and Let Die, which is often considered to have the best Bond song, and some consider it one of the best Bond movies. This was his first appearance as 007, and it’s easily the most fun of his Bond renditions. Today, Live and Let Die turns forty. I’m commemorating it below with a few videos, posters, stills, and (of course!) the Wings song. A happy anniversary to Live and Let Die! (Or, if you prefer, long live Live and Let Die!)
The title sequence
Featuring “Live and Let Die” by Paul McCartney & Wings