James Bond Live And Let Die: Jane Seymour on Roger Moore’s unique tricks in bed
Jane Seymour discusses role in James Bond: Live and Let Die
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Live and Let Die introduced the world to a new iconic James Bond, when Moore took over from Sean Connery, who had taken over from George Lazenby, who had, well, you know. It had been a turbulent few years for the 007 franchise, but a new era was about to begin. After the gritty and rugged previous incarnation, Moore would bring a lighter more playful approach to the role with even the trailer merrily punning that the film would deliver “more, much Moore.” The movie also made a global star of Seymour, who was just 22 at the time.
Seymour was 20 when she received her big break in war drama The Only Way. Two years later she was starring in the TV show The Onedin Line and then achieved international fame the same year when she played the mysterious Solitaire in Live And Let Die.
Jane has recalled how the film studio wanted her to have a sexier profile: “They hired this guy, Terry O’Neil, great photographer, to take my photographs and spend three days with me and come up with a story and he couldn’t find any salacious, sexy stuff because I’m playing a sex symbol, right? But I’m also playing a virgin. So he didn’t know what to say.”
Seymour added: “They wrote in this thing, ‘She loves to run naked through long grass’. So I got a call from my father, who’s a doctor, who said, ‘Darling, it’s a very good article but I’m a bit concerned about you running through long grass. And while we’re at it, in the book it says you’re being dragged behind a boat on a coral reef with sharks so I just want to mention those to you.’ There we go!”
The coral reef scene Jane discussed was later used in For Your Eyes Only with a different Bond girl but she still ended up with the requisite Bond sex scene – although Moore put his own unique spin on it when it came to filming.
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The actress said of Moore: “He was funny. He was much funnier in real life than he ever was on film. I always tell people that. He was hilarious. Hilarious!”
It was his idea that they both eat liver and onions before their bed scene and when Seymour actually fell asleep in the bed because filming went on for so long, she woke to find Moore leaning over her with a cup of tea.
In the famous poppy field scene, they both thought one line in the script was rather ridiculous: “We couldn’t look each other in the eye without losing it completely. We ended up like a couple of teenagers and they actually banned me from the set.”
Seymour says the whole time on set was a joy and is even able to laugh recalling how they both caught dysentery and were laid up in a trailer when it was hit by a car in a freak accident. They were both thrown onto the floor on top of each other.
Moore was also a total gentleman. With so many horrific stories of actresses being abused in Hollywood, including Seymour herself, she spoke highly of how he made sure was always safe on set.
She said: “Roger was fantastic to me. When I was in New Orleans or in Jamaica, he made sure every night that I was OK and safe, checked to see whom I was with, he’d include me in any social thing that happened.”
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