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8 Great Movies and 1 Rotten TV Show You Can’t Watch on Netflix Anymore

In addition to adding more than 65 new shows and movies this month the streaming service also lost 74 titles.

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Dave Swindle

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July 3, 2014 - 1:00 pm
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8. Live And Let Die

Is the first Bond movie with Roger Moore the best one in which he starred? Was it all downhill from here? I tend to think so. Moore took over the series from Sean Connery with this fun 1973 spy thriller set in New Orleans and featuring a blaxploitation and Black Panther-inspired villains. My friend Chris Queen included the theme song on his list of best Bond songs in 2012:

Paul and Linda McCartney banged out a unique title tune for 1973’s Live And Let Die. While previous 007 themes fell into more of an easy listening vein, “Live And Let Die” blends bracing rock and intense orchestration by Beatles producer George Martin, who scored the film.

According to The Billboard Book Of Number Two Singles, Wings almost missed out on the chance to record it, and subsequently the producers almost missed out on the song itself. Martin recalled that when he played the Wings track for producers Harry Saltzman and Cubby Broccoli, they complimented Martin on the song and asked who should record it.

The producers suggested future disco diva Thelma Houston, and otherwise insisted that a black woman perform the song because of the film’s New Orleans setting. Martin and McCartney held firm that there would be no song if Wings couldn’t perform it. Looking back nearly 40 years later, it’s hard to imagine anyone but McCartney belting those immortal words, “Live And Let Die.”

Did the Bond films just get too silly with Moore? Are they better when there’s more of a balance between tough spy action and the occasional jokes and clever gadgets?

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Hate to nit pick about such minor detail, but the one sided phone conversation was much more closely associated with Shelley Berman than Bob Newhart.
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Still Like From Russia with Love the best. Maybe I'm too serious. But having grown up with Roger Moore, the grit in that movie stayed with me... plus there was no fortress/lair blowing up finale.
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The biggest lost was several months ago when all 13 Seasons of the most conservative show of all time, King of the Hill, (including 6 seasons not available on Dvd) were rotated out.
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This is the trend of things, to go downhill as far as entertainment goes. Even Plato in his dialogs said that bards should either be banned or sharply restricted for this reason.

This is just part of the cycle of life and death of nations, as well stated in works such as "When Nations Die." Having studied this, I really don't see why it couldn't be avoided. Sure there would be rough patches, but if psychopaths, narcissists and such could be kept away from power, the schools kept good and teaching patriotism and ethics like they used to, government kept small and some other things, it should be possible to break the cycle. I don't think it ever will happen though.
7 weeks ago
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Won't miss a single one of them. Not even the two Treks - the WORST of any of them (well, except for the "Young Kirk" trash).
7 weeks ago
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One small nit to pick: Roger Moore did not take over the series from Sean Connery. George Lazenby took over the role from Connery for "On Her Majesty's Secret Service". Then Moore took over the role.
7 weeks ago
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But then Connery took over the role from Lazenby in Diamonds are Forever. Then Moore took over the role.
7 weeks ago
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That's what I was thinking. Diamonds Are Forever seems to come before Live and Let Die in the series.
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It does!

Connery's last Bond was Never Say Never Again -- a remake of Thunderball -- which came out the same year as Octopussy with Moore.

Never Say Never was one of only two Bond films not made by Eon Productions, the other being the 1965 Casino Royale which didn't really follow the book and had David Niven as Bond and Woody Allen as head of SMERSH.
7 weeks ago
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I never picked up Taxi Driver was a delusion, but I do think the end where Betsy gets in the taxi and kinda admits Bickle was cool all along and he rejects her is meant as a day dream that never took place.

I'd never miss the first two or Mr. Banks, which was boring.
7 weeks ago
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I never thought it was meant to be a delusion either.
7 weeks ago
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Dang, I can't believe I missed Chinatown.

I think all the movies on your list are worth watching at least once.

We did lose some great TV series btw.

Foyle's War is off as it Touch of Frost.

I think both are best watched in sequence, FWIW.

Regarding Mike Judge, Office Space and Idiocracy are about the best satires out there.
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