Just saw this 1973 James Bond movie (Roger Moore’s debut in the role, IIRC) and was amazed. I’m not one to cry “racism” at the drop of a hat, but it was pretty blatant, I thought. Every black character except one (a CIA agent, who doesn’t make it to the end of the movie) is in league with the bad guy, “Mr. Big,” whose day job is prime minister of a Haiti-like country called San Monique but is also a heroin producer. There’s a cab driver who could be Stepin Fetchit’s grandson, a turncoat female CIA agent (different from the one I mentioned before) who’s both incompetent and very easily scared, and lots of hard-drinking, wildly-dancing, ghetto-talking extras.
Anybody else seen it lately? Was there any criticism of it as racist at the time it was released? I understand the original Ian Fleming book is about the same, including a chapter called “Nigger Heaven.”