Firstly, I have no problems with LIVE AND LET DIE. It's an entertaining movie, Roger Moore is perfect as 007, and I enjoy watching it regularly.
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However, the more you watch something, the more pedantic you become. I do, anyway.
To start with, despite the entertaining nature of the film, there is something relatively low-key about Bond taking on a druglord in the US/Caribbean. Following on from the likes of SPECTRE and SMERSH, it does feel low-key in many ways, slightly akin to watching Superman go from battling super-powered villains to taking on bank robbers.
Also, I never quite understood why MI6 were sending agents to the US/Caribbean to investigate drug smuggling. I am not sure why the CIA were investigating such things, either. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) wasn't founded until 1973, and this film was produced prior to the DEA's founding, but it just felt odd to see MI6 concerning itself with drug smuggling by a Caribbean dictator.
It doesn't detract from the film. I am being pedantic. And maybe following 11 years of SPECTRE/SMERSH was hard, but from the agents killed at the beginning of the film to 007 taking on Kananga, it felt like a peculiar case for James Bond to be handling.
Incidentally, MI6, the UK's foreign intelligence agency, has this as its mission statement (if that is the correct term):
At the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) otherwise known as MI6 our mission is clear. We work secretly overseas, developing foreign contacts and gathering intelligence that helps to make the UK safer and more prosperous. We help the UK identify and exploit opportunities as well as navigate risks to our national security, military effectiveness and economy. We work across the globe to counter terrorism, resolve international conflict and prevent the spread of nuclear and other non-conventional weapons. We are here to help protect the UKs people, economy and interests.
Now, I really am being pedantic. The Bond films had a certain amount of verisimilitude and realism (at times, anyway), so although I will always enjoy the film, I'll never quite get why the plot featured MI6 interested in drug smuggling by a Caribbean dictator.
Edited by Robbie Parry on 14 April 2018 at 6:13pm