James Bond's Best and Worst: Peter Travers Ranks All 24 Movies

The Best and Worst of the franchise

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'Live and Let Die' (1973)

Live and Let Die
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OK, maybe I'm being generous because the title song by Paul McCartney and Wings  is arguably the hardest-rocking in the series. It was Roger Moore's intro as Bond, and he seems in shape to do more than raise his eyebrow. Shaft and Superfly had made blaxpoitation the hot thing, so Bond is shipped off to the Caribbean where he takes on voodoo and a drug kingpin (Yaphet Kotto) and gets it on with a black CIA agent (Gloria Hendry). There's more heat in Bond's relationship with Solitaire (Jane Seymour), a psychic who always makes the top 10 when Bond girls are rated.

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