BBC Radio 4 - James Bond Radio Drama, Live And Let Die

(4.6 stars; 27 reviews)

James Bond’s deadly battle with voodoo psychopath Mr. Big. From the jazz joints of Harlem to danger in Jamaica with 007’s unexpected ally, the beautiful psychic, Solitaire. Martin Jarvis directs his eighth James Bond for radio. It's 007’s most exotic adventure - New York, Florida, Jamaica - with a stellar international cast, recorded on location in America. Dramatised by Archie Scottney and with Toby Stephens as Bond. Bond tracks down monstrous Mr. Big in Harlem. Big is importing priceless gold coins to finance Russian spy operations and captures Bond. Beautiful, mysterious Solitaire is also a prisoner. Bond escapes. Solitaire follows. They pursue the source of the gold, first to Florida where Solitaire is captured by Mr. Big's minions. 007 continues on to Jamaica. But can he survive the barracudas? Will he rescue Solitaire, recover the treasure and bring Mr. Big to justice? Well, there’s a fair chance. He is James Bond! Cast: James Bond…..Toby Stephens Mr. Big…..Kevin Daniels  Solitaire…..Rutina Wesley  ‘M’ …..John Standing Leiter…..Josh Stamberg Tee-Hee…..Michael A. Shepperd Whisperer/Blabber….. Lovensky Jean-Baptiste Quarrel…..Ron Cephas Jones Baldwin…..John Cothran  Strangways…..Jonathan Cake ‘The Robber’…..James Morrison  Dexter…..JD Cullum Halloran…..Jake Green  MC/Maitre d’…..Gilbert Glenn Brown Connie/Operator…..Anna Louise Plowman G-G/Waitress…..Janine Barris  Flannel/Conductor…..Larry Powell Mrs. Stuyvesant…..Anna Mathias Voice of Ian Fleming…..Martin Jarvis Other parts: Darren Richardson, Alan Shearman, André Sogliuzzo, Matthew Wolf Written by Ian Fleming Dramatised by Archie Scottney Sound Design: Mark Holden Specially composed music: Mark Holden and Julian Nicholson Producer: Rosalind Ayres Director: Martin Jarvis  A Jarvis and Ayres production for BBC Radio 4 DISCLAIMER: I do not own the rights to this radio drama. All rights go to BBC Radio 4 and all its contributors. ENJOY!

This recording is part of the Old Time Radio collection.


Good, though not Great

(3 stars)

This one lacked the details surrounding all the ways "Mr. Big" thwarted James Bond and left the listener befuddled as to just how the bad guy managed his criminal activity.

(4 stars)

One forgets how simple these Bond books were compared to the films. Good work in the BBC sound studio.