James Bond in New York City
Live and Let Die starring Roger Moore was and still remains the only James Bond film in the 50 year history to feature New York City.
In recent times, there were rumours that Bond 23 would be shot in New York and go under the title of 007, but this rumour turned out to be false. The latest project starring Daniel Craig has in fact been given the title of “Skyfall” with shooting locations such as Shanghai, Istanbul and London with no sign of New York.
Live and Let Die, released in 1973 sees James Bond sent to New York to investigate the mysterious deaths of several British agents. Whilst in New York, he soon senses that there is a drugs link between the notorious Mr. Big and Dr. Kananga, the secretive owner of a small Caribbean island. However, Kananga is not a man to be dealt with lightly, and the fact that his beautiful Solitaire has already been seduced by 007 makes matters worse. There are several scenes shot in the state of New York, including JFK airport in Queens, the out of control car scene on the FDR, the Fillet of Soul bar at the corner of 2nd Avenue and East 94th Street, and the most famous of them all, the shop called Oh Cult Voodoo located at number 33 East 65th Street close to Madison Avenue. This is the place where James Bond keeps the shop clerk busy wrapping an item, whilst he investigates a side entrance. When Bond leaves the shop, the clerk phones Dr Kananga and informs him of Bonds progress.
Today, the premise at 33 East 65th Street is occupied by a Jewellery shop. Although almost 40 years have passed since the film’s release in 1973, the actual building design has stayed the same. There are still the steps that actor Roger Moore walked down to the front entrance and the garage adjacent to it where he ran out from. The only visible difference to the exterior is the missing shop sign that during shooting hung above the front window on the red brick wall.
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