LSP, others mark '73 release of Bond movie 'Live and Let Die'

LSP, others mark '73 release of Bond movie 'Live and Let Die'
(Source: Louisiana State Police)
(Source: Louisiana State Police)

(KSLA) - It's been 45 years since "Live and Let Die" was released.

Louisiana State Police, which played a role in one of the MGM film's iconic scenes, celebrates today's anniversary with a Facebook post.

The British spy film marked Roger Moore's debut as James Bond.

The MI6 agent pursues a voodoo-worshipping underworld drug czar who leads him from Harlem to New Orleans to the Caribbean.

That has Bond dealing characters the likes of Mr. Big, Kananga and Solitaire.

At one point in the movie, the agent escapes by running along alligators' backs then stealing a speedboat.

Louisiana troopers were involved in the subsequent chase that included a 1972 Glastron GT-150 speedboat jumping over a road.

That sequence by stunt coordinator Jerry Comeaux was filmed in the Irish Bayou area of New Orleans with the aid of a custom-made ramp.

It ranked as the public's fourth favorite James Bond movie stunt in a 2008 poll by the magazine Radio Times.

The stunt also unintentionally set a world record for the longest speedboat jump in a film - 120 feet, according to Guinness World Records.

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