The French Quarter, or Vieux Carré
in French, was originally laid out by the French and after a fire in 1788 almost totally destroyed. Several fires later a new building style emerged, more fire proof and in a more Spanish style. The Quarter is the place where most tourists spend most of their time in New Orleans, its most notorious street being Bourbon Street, home to many blues bars and strip joints. The heart of the Quarter is Jackson Square, another example of Spanish architecture, with a nice park, bordered by elegant colonial buildings and a church. During the day the park and surrounding streets are filled with street artists, painters and musicians, creating a very friendly atmosphere.
In the French Quarter we can also find the first location seen in Live and Let Die: MI6 agent Hamilton carefully watching the Fillet of Soul restaurant from across the street. We all know the rest.. A Jazz funeral suddenly appears and while Hamilton is wondering whose funeral it is he is stabbed to death, answering his question. Although the streets in the Quarter all look very similar, the location is not so hard to find. In the back of one scene we can clearly see a "Dumaine" street sign and a careful eye can even spot a house number in the back.
The scenes were filmed on the corner of Dumaine and Chartres Streets. Standing on the corner you will be very glad the Quarter is an official historic district and hasn't changed at all. Okay, the cars are different, we're in a different time, but the corner still looks so much like it did in 1972..! When you lean against the lamp post and look into the direction Hamilton did, there's the Fillet of Soul, on Chartres Street. Not a laundry, as said in other sources, but next to the laundry. The three arched windows are still there, so it still wouldn't take much to dress it up like the Fillet of Soul again today.