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Live and Let Die (1973)

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Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Guy Hamilton Rating:5.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Uniblab on August 24th, 2013:Find all reviews by Uniblab
Actually this is another John Cork group commentary, and as usual the "Ian Fleming Foundation" man's presence keeps the whole thing pretty much informative and organized, but this time, nothing really special. The other two tracks (to which I haven't listened to yet) quite probably are better than this one.
Reviewed by drukepple on March 29th, 2017:Find all reviews by drukepple
On the 50th anniversary remastered Blu-Ray release, there are 3 commentaries. Commentary 1 is dedicated to Roger Moore. Honestly, a pretty boring commentary. Lots of dead air, lots of narration, a few fun stories about the production and a few good retrospective thoughts from the first Bond to give a commentary ("first" as in original release date; Connery and Lazenby never commented on their movies). Of the three, this would be my least favorite.
Commentary 2: Screenwriter Tom Mankiewicz Rating:7.3/10 (3 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by adey on July 4th, 2007:Find all reviews by adey
An interesting commentary from the writers point of view. As he explains, on a Bond film, the writer will be present all through shooting and take part in much of pre-production. Roger Moore's commentary is also worth hearing
Reviewed by Uniblab on August 25th, 2013:Find all reviews by Uniblab
A much more informative, "normal", individual commentary with Manckiewicz. Those who know him from other tracks he did such as Superman or Cleopatra know how outspoken and easygoing he is, but on this one there is considerable amount of dead air and hesitation as he stops to watch the movie or gets distracted pondering what he' gonna say.
Reviewed by drukepple on March 29th, 2017:Find all reviews by drukepple
On the 50th anniversary remastered Blu-Ray release, there are 3 commentaries. Commentary 2 is the John Cork hosted commentary, which I've so far enjoyed tremendously in all of the Bond movies. Cork does a great job organizing and curating the commentary track, letting cast and crew comment at appropriate times, and offering some tangential anecdotes when the on-screen action doesn't require direct commentary. This being the 8th John Cork commentary I've listened to as I work my way through the Bond series, it's probably the one most riddled with gaps. In comparison to other Cork commentaries, probably my least favorite so far (maybe because the movie itself solidly mediocre), but in comparison to the other 2 commentaries on this disc, it would definitely be the first one I'd choose to listen to if I only had time for one. ---------- Commentary 3 is by screenwriter Tom Mankiewicz, and like Moore, spends maybe a third of the movie not commenting, but unlike Moore, when he comments, he has interesting things to say, largely, as you'd expect, about the construction of a Bond store. Somewhat astoundingly, of the three commentaries there is not much (if any, that I can recall) crossover between them. Worth the extra 6 hours if you're bingeing on Bond, though I'd stick with the Cork commentary if you don't have that kind of time.