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Old October 2 2009, 12:20 AM   #11
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Re: Why are the James Bond stories named the way they are?

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Well Live and let Die is just a riff on Live and let Live.
Yes, but what does that phrase have to do with that particular story?
Well, specifically, it derives from a conversation Bond has with his American contacts about Mr Big - they say that his activities have mostly been within the black community and until they're ready to move against him, their policy towards him is one of "live and let live". Bond rejoinders by saying his own motto when facing a character like Mr Big is "live and let die" - one of the literary Bond's rare forays into humour. (It's in Chapter IV.)
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