Live And Let Die
(United Artists, 1973)
After a longer than usual hiatus, mainly to find a new 007, and after Clint Eastwood rapidly turned down the role ("Bond should be played by an Englishman") Roger Moore was selected to take over the job starting with this pic. It combines vintage blaxploitation with state-of-the-art special effects, the beautiful Jane Seymour, and Sheriff J.W. Pepper into a veritable screen orgy of tongue-in-cheek Bond light-heartedness, suiting Moore's fortes to a T. And still managed to turn a $7M budget into $124M at the box office.