Live And Let Die (1973) Tidbits

  • David Hedison is the only actor to play CIA agent Felix Leiter twice, though the character shows up repeatedly. In Licence to Kill, Hedison returns to get his leg bitten off.
  • Timothy Dalton was considered for the Bond role but refused, saying he was too young.
  • Tobacco-chewing southern sheriff J.W. Pepper (Clifton James) was meant to be a recurring character. Lucky for fans, he only lasted two movies.
  • In early drafts of the script Solitare was Haitian and Rosie Carver was caucasian.
  • One of the speed boat chase’s jumps set a world record.
  • Part of Roger Moore’s contract stated unlimited hand rolled cigars.
  • Before Roger Moore even got to say his first line as 007 he had to be rushed to the hospital due to a kidney stone attack.
  • Whenever something went wrong during filming, at least one crew member would call out, “Send for Sean” as a joke.
  • Quarrel Jr. is supposed to be the son of Quarrel from Dr. No
  • Roger Moore uses a Smith and Wesson Model 29 when he is rescueing Solitaire near the end of the film. This is the same gun used by Dirty Harry. (.44 Magnum). First use of a revolver by Bond? Or at the very least, first time he borrowed Clint Eastwood’s handgun!
  • The first attempt at jumping the croc’s had to be reshot due to the fact that although they were all drugged, the last croc was a bit more alert than the rest and snapped at the stunt man and caught his shoe. After a couple of nerve wracking (for him!) moments his shoe came loose, and he (the stuntman) got away.
  • Kanaga is named after the real-life owner of the crocodile farm, who was also the stunt man who jumped along the crocodiles backs.