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Writer/producer/director James Bond III also stars in this innovative supernatural thriller as Joel, a divinity student from rural North Carolina who has a serious crisis of faith and travels to New York to seek the advice of his friend, aspiring actor K (Kadeem Hardison). In an effort to loosen up his conservative companion, K gives him a taste of New York nightlife -- personified by an alluring club vamp with the less-than-subtle name of Temptation (Cynthia Bond). Although her true nature as a soul-stealing succubus is more than obvious to the audience (particularly after several scenes of unsuspecting wannabe players torn limb-from-limb), Temptation nevertheless ensnares naïve, innocent Joel in her devilish spell, prompting K to investigate the woman's background with a little help from a detective (Bill Nunn) determined to connect her with several murders. Bond's intelligent morality play is a step above simple homage to horror and blaxploitation genres of the '70s, avoiding many of those films' stereotypes to present three-dimensional characters and realistic dialogue. The vibrant, color-rich cinematography is the work of frequent Spike Lee collaborator Ernest R. Dickerson. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

  • Release date:March 23, 1990


James Bond III
as Joel
Kadeem Hardison
as "K"
Bill Nunn
as Dougy
Cynthia Bond
as Temptress
Minnie Gentry
as Grandma
Rony Clanton
as Married Man
Freddie Jackson
as Himself
Melba Moore
as Madam Sonya
John Canada Terrell
Ellis Williams
as Demon Limo Driver
Michael Michele
as Lady #6
Samuel L. Jackson
as Minister Garth
Guy Davis
as Bartender #2


James Bond III
James Bond III
Nelson George
James Bond III
Ernest R. Dickerson
Paul Laurence
Composer (Music Score)
David Carrington
Production Designer
Kervin Simms
Hajna O. Moss
Nelson George
Executive Producer
Kevin Harewood
Executive Producer
Charles Huggins
Executive Producer
Rob Benevides
Special Effects
Rob Benevides
Makeup Special Effects