On Location: The Oh Cult Voodoo Shop

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It was only the other day that I suddenly remembered one of my favourite Bond films is partially set in New York City. That stellar film is Live and Let Die (1973), starring Roger Moore as famous secret agent James Bond; his first time playing the role. Lots of people dislike Live and Let Die because it’s quite cheesy and it has some quite questionable cultural sensitivity issues. Even though I agree with that, there’s something about this film that I can’t help but adore.

Anyway, early on in the film when Bond has to investigate the villain’s dodgy dealings, he must visit a special shop that might have some answers for him – the Oh Cult Voodoo Shop. The exterior of this shop was filmed at 33 East 65th Street, near the corner of Madison Avenue. The exterior looks similar to the film, except that above there’s some kind of art and craft studio, and the shop below is either a makeup artist or a hairdresser (unsure which). The garage next to the building also has its original door that can be seen in the film.

As you can see, it really looks like any old place in the city, and most people would probably think the location has no significance. Some locals asked my partner and I why we were taking photos there, and we told them it was in a Bond film, and they were really surprised and excited about it. Always good to share the film location hunting love!

Photos shot on iPhone 5.

Hint for tomorrow’s photo: Who you gonna call?

15 comments

  1. I have a thing for finding places that were in movies I love. I went to a restaurant in NYC that had an awesome ambiance and great food, and I found out afterwards that it was the location for a scene from You’ve Got Mail, an old favorite of mine. That just made the experience even better in retrospect! One of my goals is to go to the diner where so much of Seinfeld was filmed. As you can tell, the places I want to visit from films always revolve around food. šŸ™‚

    1. I think after this trip it’s one of my favourite things to do as well!

    2. Whoops, comment replied too soon! It’s so much fun hunting down a place and seeing it for being more significant than it appears. I might seek out that restaurant with the great ambience!! šŸ˜€

  2. OMG! I am so jealous and thrilled for you! I want to go to this shop NOW!!! Thanks for posting. šŸ™‚

    1. Haha, thanks! And you’re welcome! šŸ™‚ It’s in a pretty high end part of town with lots of expensive shops, totally not like how you would expect in the film!

  3. The Knitting Cinephile · · Reply

    Who cares about the damn voodoo shop, did you go to String just upstairs? Did you did you did you??? OMG YARN!!!

    1. I didn’t get to go because we got these sort of after hours! It looks like a magical crafty wonderland though!

  4. It’s funny that locals didn’t even know the place was in the film! I probably passed the store many times when I was younger and didn’t know…

    1. Yeah, it sort of looks like any old beauty salon ish place in a nice part of town! All part of the magic I reckon.

  5. I lived in NYC for 2 years and still feel I’ve missed out on a lot of stuff to see and visit. Ahh, there’s just never enough time… Very cool post, Anna!

    1. Thanks heaps Reut! We really had to look around a bit for this one, but when we found it we were super happy as we both love the film.

  6. My second trip to NYC is in once month, I might stop by this place as Live and Let Die is such a great movie!

    1. You should definitely stop past to see some Bond history in real life! šŸ˜€ It was such a funny experience to be there as a massive fan of the film.

  7. […] (2006). Whilst we were watching one of my favourites, Live and Let Die (1973), I was reminded of the time when we actually visited a location from the film in New York a couple of years ago. That’s one of my favourites of the month for sure. It’s […]

  8. […] up to the task. After all, we have found five other Bond locations when travelling together – the Oh Cult Voodoo Shop in New York from Live and Let Die, this random door that he remembered from Die Another Day (2002), the […]

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