Live and Let Die: Roger Moore diary claimed Bond set racist slurs and ‘truth’ of JFK death
Jane Seymour discusses role in James Bond: Live and Let Die
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Sean Connery returned to play James Bond for the sixth time in 1971’s Diamonds Are Forever after being offered a record fee. The reason being that his replacement George Lazenby had quit the role after just one movie in 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Despite attempts by the 007 producers to get Connery to star in a seventh Bond movie, he couldn’t be persuaded and The Saint actor Roger Moore was hired for 1973’s Live and Let Die.
While filming Live and Let Die, Roger kept a diary of his experiences on set which was published with the film’s release.
The 007 Diaries: Filming Live and Let Die saw the star reveal some shocking behaviour by Bond producer Harry Saltzman.
Up until then, he’d helmed the 007 franchise with Cubby Broccoli since 1962’s Dr No starring Sean Connery.
According to Birth.Movies.Death., Roger claimed Saltzman had mistreated restaurant waiters and shouted “N*****!” on set at the props man, who had had that “nickname” since the silent era of cinema.
The Live and Let Die shoot was taking place in 1970s Louisiana so Roger convinced Saltzman to call the props man something else. In the end, the producer settled on “Chalky”.
Meanwhile, the Bond star’s diary also claimed he had insider information on the truth of the JFK assassination in 1963.
Moore said he was invited to watch some footage with FBI agents in the office of Jim Garrison, the District Attorney of New Orleans, who had investigated the assassination of JFK.
The Bond star said he couldn’t say what he saw but had concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald did not fire the shot that killed the president and said Garrison believed there was an accomplice who was part of a CIA conspiracy.
Earlier this year, outgoing Bond star Daniel Craig shared his favourite scene in a 007 movie is from Live and Let Die.
Writing a short piece for Empire magazine highlighting his favourite cinema moments, Craig admitted that The Mummy, which starred his wife Rachel Weisz, was one of his favourites, plus the likes of Frozen, Goodfellas, Gladiator and The Avengers.
However, during his list, the only mention of James Bond was from 1973’s Live and Let Die. Craig simply wrote: “Cheering as Roger Moore danced over alligators.”
Bond fans will remember the scene where the one-armed Tee Hee leaves 007 to be eaten by what were actual crocodiles at a farm in the Deep South of the USA.
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However, Roger’s spy managed to escape by using the creatures as stepping stones.
The Live and Let Die scene was shot at Jamaica Safari Village at Ocho Rios after the crew, who had been searching for locations, came across the crocodile farm.
While outside there was a sign warning that “Trespassers will be eaten.”
No Time To Die is out now in UK cinemas and hits US movie theatres on October 8.
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