Watching Scorpion's new DVD of this early 1970s B action thriller reminded me that Eon Productions stole the speed-boat chase for LIVE AND LET DIE. The speed-boat chase in LIVE AND LET DIE is longer and more elaborately produced. The stunts are bigger. EON obviously had more time to prepare it, more time to shoot it, and the money to up the ante. It's better technically. Why then isn't it as good? Because it's played for comedy. There is no sense of risk in the action. The title of the movie suggests risk and danger, but we never feel either emotion in the audience. The movie belies the title. The chase exists to get a laugh or a number of laughs. LIVE AND LET DIE is silly, PUPPET ON A CHAIN is serious. The story builds up to the murder of the agent's girlfriend, which is ugly, and motivates him to take extreme risks. He wants revenge and he wants it now. So far his side has been losing. He's going to get the villain no matter what. The speed-boat chase is played for drama and suspense and we're with it every splash of the way. The music by Piero Piccioni is all about suspense, too, and fits the action, whereas Paul McCartney is off doing his own thing in LIVE AND LET DIE. The choreography is almost precisely the same in both movies -- the Bond producers steal it without apology. The close confines of the canals give the action in PUPPET ON A CHAIN a claustrophobic edge that the wide-open spaces in LIVE AND LET DIE don't have.