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Live and Let Die (1973)
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This is the Voodoo/Blaxploitation/Dukes of Hazard Bond offering. One of the old ones where the bad guys try again and again to kill Bond with sharks and crocodiles and snakes, but they're too stupid to just pop a cap in him when they have him tied up. In one scene at a waterfront dock in Louisiana, the bad guys have captured Bond and could easily kill him, but instead, they decide to leave him on a small island in the middle of a pond full of crocodiles, then they walk away and leave him to die. The crocodiles slowly start to climb up onto the island, but Bond runs across the backs of several crocs, conveniently spaced like stepping stones, then, Spoiler Alert, he destroys the whole place and everybody who tried to kill him. Because he's Bond, James Bond.

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Driving west from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, I happened on Westman Reptile Gardens, a reptile zoo, where they had a display with one of the crocodiles used in the movie. I don't recognize the croc in the movie, maybe because it was 41 years older!   A sign explained that the stuntman who performed the croc walk fell and was mauled by the crocodiles causing him to spend some time in the hospital. When he got out, he did the stunt a second time to get enough usable footage, and apparently didn't fall that time. Westman Reptile Gardens has provided herps for use in many films, mostly Canadian productions.

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