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Live and Let Die (James Bond, #2) by Ian Fleming

Her hair was black and fell to her shoulders. She had high cheekbones and a sensual mouth, and wore a dress of white silk. Her eyes were blue, alight and disdainful, but, as they gazed into his with a touch of humour, Bond realized that they contained a message. Solitaire watched his eyes on her and nonchalantly drew her forearms together so that the valley between her breasts deepened. The message was unmistakable.

Beautiful, fortune-telling Solitaire is the prisoner (and tool) of Mr Big—master of fear, artist in crime and Voodoo Baron of Death. James Bond has no time for superstition—he knows that this criminal heavy hitter is also a top SMERSH operative and a real threat. More than that, after tracking him through the jazz joints of Harlem, to the everglades and on to the Caribbean, 007 has realized that Big is one of the most dangerous men that he has ever faced. And no-one, not even the mysterious Solitaire, can be sure how their battle of wills is going to end…
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The One with All the Voodoo. Avoid if easily offended by dubious racial politics. Notably the only black antagonist of the series to date — and the only one to use voodoo and believe in the occult. In other respects, Kananga is a fairly typical villain. He repeatedly and unsuccessfully tries to feed Bond to various unpleasant creatures.

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One of the better Roger Moore Bonds, which plays like an homage to North by Northwest , opening with a murder at the United Nations , the hero hiding from an aerial attack in an overgrown field and a final scene on a train. The Fillet was actually filmed on the Upper East Side on Second Avenue at 94th Street , though the ensuing fight scene was shot on th Street , edging towards the real Harlem, with more Harlem scenes filmed on th Street. The cemetery was simply a set, built on a hill three miles north of the Montego Bay-Falmouth road. The farm is now Falmouth Swamp Safari also known as Swaby's Swamp Safari , Foreshore Road, Falmouth , a two-acre mangrove swamp offering guided tours to view wetlands wildlife. Among the sights — of course — are several types of crocodiles native to Jamaica , as well as owls, snakes and iguanas. Bond escapes by boat, ready for the big set piece chase through the Louisiana bayous.

But if this truly is representative of the franchise as a whole…then holy shit. Needless to say its attempts to do so left behind a movie that is offensive to the point of distraction. The pre-title sequence consists of three scenes where white people are murdered by black people. First, an MI6 agent sitting behind the UK table at what appears to be the UN is killed when a black hand plugs something funky into the audio port to which his translator headphones are connected. And we see this other black guy sitting calmly at his table for the great country of San Monique, so we get the impression he knows something. Like, members, maybe? Then another [what race…you guessed it…black] dude walks up and stabs the MI6 agent.

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