But fortunately for posterity's sake the English actor Roger Moore was cast. With Moore on board the character changed direction. Not only did Moore himself not want to play Sean Connery's Bond, but he was also at odds not to imitate his television role of Simon Templar in The Saint. Screenplay writer Tom Mankiewicz was to intentionally write in Moore's persona by giving more comedy and a light hearted approach to the role. Moore was in the unenviable position that George Lazenby was in in following on from Sean Connery. But with all due credit, whilst Live and Let Die isn't the best Bond film, it is superior to its predecessor Diamonds are Forever.
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