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MinM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-10-12 09:50 PM
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Live & Let Die
Run time: 07:02
Posted on YouTube: June 17, 2011
By YouTube Member: dynmicpara2
Views on YouTube: 830
Posted on DU: July 11, 2012
By DU Member: MinM
Views on DU: 316
Sir Roger Moore does an outstandingly revealing and fascinating commentary on all his Bond movies on their DVD editions.

His 2005 commentary of the Live & Let Die movie reveals that while filming in Louisiana in 1972, Attorney General Jim Garrison invited him and the crew to tour his headquarters and they were shown a 8mm copy of--presumably--the Zapruder film of the JFK assassination. This is exactly what Sir Roger said beginning at 1:41 in the movie with his commentary turned on to superimpose over the soundtrack.

"One day when we were shooting in, eh...New Orleans, we were invited by Jim Garrison, who was the then District Attorney to visit the City Hall...we went and it was very Bond-like...we went into a garage and doors were shut behind us, elevator doors; we went up and the doors were shut in his office...and he then showed this 8mm footage of the assassination of President Kennedy...which backed-up his theory of....there being...shots from front and back....very Bond-like...

I thought that he was very credible....

I still do...

Also interesting is the way JFK helped to pave the way for the James Bond franchise...
In March 1960, Henry Brandon contacted Marion Leiter who arranged for Ian Fleming to have dinner with John F. Kennedy. The author of The Life of Ian Fleming (1966), John Pearson, has pointed out: "During the dinner the talk largely concerned itself with the more arcane aspects of American politics and Fleming was attentive but subdued. But with coffee and the entrance of Castro into the conversation he intervened in his most engaging style. Cuba was already high on the headache list of Washington politicians, and another of those whats to-be-done conversations got underway. Fleming laughed ironically and began to develop the theme that the United States was making altogether too much fuss about Castro they were building him into a world figure, inflating him instead of deflating him. It would be perfectly simple to apply one or two ideas which would take all the steam out of the Cuban." Kennedy asked him what would James Bond do about Fidel Castro. Fleming replied, Ridicule, chiefly. Kennedy must have passed the message to the CIA for on as the following day Brandon received a phone-call from Allen Dulles, asking for a meeting with Fleming.

Kennedy was a fan of Fleming's books. In March 1961, Hugh Sidey, published an article in Life Magazine, on President Kennedy's top ten favourite books. It was a list designed to show that Kennedy was both well-read and in tune with popular taste. It included Fleming's From Russia With Love. Up until this time, Fleming's books had not sold well in the United States, but with Kennedy's endorsement, his publishers decided to mount a major advertising campaign to promote his books. By the end of the year Fleming had become the largest-selling thriller writer in the United States.

This publicity resulted in Fleming signed a film deal with the producers Albert Broccoli and Harry Saltzman. Dr No, starring Sean Connery, opened in the autumn of 1962 and was an immediate box-office success. As soon as it was released Kennedy demanded a showing in his private cinema in the White House.

Remember that he also lent some assistance to the producers of Seven Days in May...
In the film the leader of the plot, head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), Air Force General James Mattoon Scott, is compared to General Edwin A. Walker.

It is believed that Knebel got the idea for the book after a conversation with President Kennedy. It was Knebel's first novel. According to John Frankenheimer, the director, Pierre Salinger conveyed to him that JFK wanted the film be made, "these were the days of General Walker" and, though the Pentagon did not want the film made, the President would conveniently arrange to visit Hyannis Port for a weekend when the film needed to shoot outside the White House...
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