Characters: Live and Let Die


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    The Book 

Solitaire

A mindreader who has been forced to work for Mr. Big.


Tee-Hee Johnson

One of Mr. Big's lackeys. He has an affinity for breaking fingers.


The Robber

The man who runs Ouroboros Bait and Tackle, Incorporated, a shell company for Mr. Big's operations based in Florida. He is responsible for the attempted murder of Felix Leiter.

  • But Not Too Black: Alone among Mr. Big's henchmen, it is implied he may not be completely black. His skin is described as "tan" and his Funetik Aksent is a Southern drawl rather than African-American Vernacular.
  • Cold Sniper: Nonchalantly shoots pelicans, people, and presumably everything in between.
  • The Dragon: Fits this role better than Tee Hee does in the book.
  • Eaten Alive: Compliments of the very same shark tank he attempted to kill Leiter with. Also makes this...
  • I Surrender, Suckers: A variation. While dangling over the Shark Pool he attempts to reason with Bond by claiming that Leiter's maiming was an accident caused by his own stupidity. Bond, both seeing through his lies and not at all happy someone would talk trash about his best friend, presently fighting for dear life, punts the Robber into the tank.


Buonapart Ignace Gallia, a.k.a. Mr. Big

Harlem crimelord working for SMERSH, who uses the superstitions of locals for his gain.

  • Achilles' Heel: It is noted that he has chronic heart problems. But it is not what does him in.
  • But Not Too Black: Half-French.
  • Karmic Death: He is eaten by sharks and barracudas, the same fate that he had stored for Bond and Solitaire.


    The Film 

Characters specific to Live and Let Die. For those in the entire film franchise, see here.


Solitaire

Played by: Jane Seymour

The Big Bad's Fortune Teller whose genuine ability gave him an edge in the criminal underworld.

  • Black Comedy Rape: Bond's tricking her into sleeping with him is considered by many not one of his finer moments.
  • Damsel in Distress: This might sound redundant, but the others usually get at least one badass moment. Solitaire, on the other hand, is possibly the least action-oriented of the Bond Girls, but...
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: She's the only character in the whole series to beat Bond in a game of cards, one of his biggest talents, fair and square. Even the usually cool Bond freezes in shock for a second. To add insult to injury, it was a game Bond was teaching her how to play.
  • Fortune Teller: She has the ability to see the future by reading tarot cards.
  • Girl of the Week: The main Bond Girl of this film.
  • Human Sacrifice: She was going to be sacrificed in a ceremony presided by Baron Samedi in the climax for having failed Kananga. Bond rescues her.
  • Tarot Motifs: About par for the course for a Fortune Teller. A modern deck, often marketed as the Tarot of the Witches, was actually designed for the film.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: She never seems to wear the same outfit for more than one scene. Then again, she works for a Caribbean Prime Minister/drug lord.
  • Virgin Power: Her precognition is dependent upon her virginity.
  • You Have Failed Me: She was to be executed by Kananga before Bond rescues her.


Dr. Kananga / Mr. Big

Played by: Yaphet Kotto

The main antagonist. A corrupt Caribbean Prime Minister who doubles as a drug lord in Harlem.

  • Affably Evil: In the climax only.
  • Big Bad: The main antagonist of the film.
  • The Chessmaster: With Solitaire's help, he's two steps ahead of Bond throughout much of the movie.
  • Corrupt Politician: A corrupt Caribbean Prime Minister and a drug lord.
  • Diabolical Mastermind: While Kananga is a departure from megalomaniac supervillains trying to Take Over the World, his Evil Plan still involves large criminal resources.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The compressed pellet gun was not his in the first place but he uses it for fun on the couch Whisper was sitting on and puts one of the pellets on the table, allowing Bond to take it with the magnet on his watch.
  • Jive Turkey: Talks like this as Mr. Big.
  • Latex Perfection: His mask when pretending to be Mr. Big. Also how the actor was able to play both roles.
  • Living a Double Life: It's revealed that Kananga doubles as Mr. Big, a ruthless Harlem drug lord.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: He's named Dr. Kananga and is the Big Bad of the film.
  • Older Than They Look: He apparently knew both Solitaire's mother and grandmother when they were virgins; assuming he's roughly the same age as the grandmother and that both women had their daughters in their twenties, Kananga would have to be at least in his mid-to-late sixties. Like many things in the film, it's deliberately left ambiguous whether he's just naturally young-looking of has been preserving his youth through mystical means.
  • Pop Goes the Human: Dr. Kananga's demise is certainly the most ridiculously unrealistic of all Bond villains. Bond forces him to swallow a pellet of compressed air. The pellet unloads in Kananga's throat, and causes him to swell up like a balloon and rise up to the air until he explodes. With no blood, bones or flesh left.
  • Scary Black Man: Mr. Big knows how to be quite ruthless. He inspires this even as Kananga, if Rosie Carver's fear is anything to go by.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: He masquerades under the guise of only wanting the best for the inhabitants of San Monigue.
  • Villainous Breakdown: The only time he really gets mad was when he lambastes Solitaire for losing her powers.
  • Villainous Crush: For Solitaire.


Tee-Hee Johnson

Played by: Julius Harris

Kananga's primary henchman and bodyguard, who has a mechanical pincer for a hand (he lost his arm to a gharial in the crocodile farm he runs).


Baron Samedi

Played by: Geoffrey Holder

A tall and mysterious henchman working for Kananga. He has strange ties to the Voodoo cult on San Monique and plays the role of Baron Samedi, the Voodoo loa of cemeteries, in a show for tourists as well as during the Human Sacrifices on San Monique. Bond seemingly kills him when he punches him right into a coffin full of venomous snakes. However, he is later seen sitting on the rear of Bond's train, perfectly alive and well (albeit with torn clothes), laughing and waving his hat before the end credits roll.

  • Affably Evil: He's quite the treat when he's not using his talents for his boss.
  • Bald of Evil: He has a shiny dome.
  • The Dragon: He's this (in the supernatural department) to Kananga.
  • Enigmatic Minion: And how. See Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane.
  • Evil Laugh: Geoffrey Holder's trademark laugh. A particularly strange and memorable one.
  • Evil Sorcerer: Or just a very good performer.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Geoffrey Holder's trademark voice. His one line in the movie makes it really clear.
  • The Hyena: He goes into battle whooping with laughter.
  • Immortality: Maybe, maybe not. There's a reason he is called "the man who cannot die", after all...
  • Karma Houdini: He ends up appearing on the rear of Bond's train, alive and well, laughing and waving his hat before the end credits roll.
  • Large Ham: Geoffrey Holder is quite enjoying himself.
  • Magical Flutist: He plays a sinister melody when Bond and Solitaire meet him during their exploration of San Monique (without his Baron Samedi attire). The flute conceals a microphone.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Is he the real thing, or just a really good performer?
  • Nice Hat: Top hats. And the one he wears when he enters in Kananga's hideout under the Fillet of Soul restaurant.
  • Paper Tiger: Bond dispatches him with ease.
  • Perpetual Smiler: He's always smiling. That being said, given that he's almost always disguised as (or maybe he straight up is) a Voodoo loa, it comes off as really terrifying.
  • Scary Black Man: It's safe to say that the previous entries cement him as this.
  • Skull for a Head: His face painting when he confronts Bond in the climax.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: He spends most of his screentime in a loincloth and with No Shirt, Long Jacket.


Rosie Carver

Played by: Gloria Hendry

A CIA agent who secretly works for Kananga.


Whisper

Played by: Earl Jolly Brown

Another of Kananga's henchmen. He tries to off Bond on several occasions, by killing Bond's driver in New York while the taxi is on motion or sending a venomous snake in Bond's bathroom.


Strutter

Played by: Lon Satton

A CIA agent from Harlem who has been working on the Mister Big case for a while.

  • Friend on the Force: A colleague of Felix Leiter, he's this by extension to Bond.
  • Kidnapped by an Ally: In traditional Bond fashion, he points a gun at Bond the first time they meet in a backyard alley in Harlem.
  • Sacrificial Lion: He is killed by Kananga's henchmen with the funeral procession trick in New Orleans.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: The audience gets to know little about him before his death.


Quarrel Jr.

Played by: Roy Stewart

A Caribbean fisherman who helps Bond. He is the son of the Cayman islander, Quarrel, who appeared in Dr. No, and he is acquainted with Bond and Felix Leiter, just like his father was.


The Cab Driver

Played by: Arnold Williams

A cab driver on Kananga's payroll. Bond hires him twice, falling twice into a trap.


Adam

Played by: Tommy Lane

One of Kananga's thugs. He perishes at the end of the speed boat chase against Bond in Louisiana.

  • Determinator: He is the most tenacious of Kananga's mooks to chase Bond.
  • Mook: He's one of Kananga's mooks, and the most notorious during the speed boat chase against Bond.
  • Hero Stole My Bike: Knocks out J.W. Pepper's brother-in-law and steals his very swift speed boat.
    Adam: I'd like to borrow that boat if I may.
  • '70s Hair: A less conspicuous afro than the cab driver's Funny Afro.


Sheriff J.W. Pepper

Played by: Clifton James

A local, uncouth Louisiana sheriff. He reappears in The Man with the Golden Gun.

  • Badass Bystander: He nearly manages to subdue and arrest one of Kananga's major and dangerous henchmen. Were it not for Bond flying a boat overhead and Kananga's other men crashing into his car, Sheriff Pepper would have succeeded.
  • Butt Monkey: Let's see; Bond flying a boat overhead him helps Adam escape in the ensuing chaos and continue the chase. Subsequently, two of Pepper's colleagues arrive and share a joke at the Sheriff's expense. Then, noticing that he lacks the resources to keep up with Bond, J.W. attempts to enlist the help of his brother-in-law, Billy Bob who apparently owns the fastest boat on the river. A boat which quickly falls into the hands of Adam, who speeds off to join the chase by water. Then en route to intercept Bond, Pepper and several of his squad cars are involved in a series of crashes, caused by Bond once again leaping the bank ahead of them. And after all that, he attempts to bring him into custody, only to be revealed Bond's identity and authority, much to his frustration.
  • Deep South: Probably the biggest example of this in the James Bond franchise.
  • Fat Idiot: He's, well, fat; and although he showed that he could have arrested Adam successfully, he spends the rest of his screentime not being the sharpest knife in the drawer.
  • Large Ham:
    Sheriff J.W. Pepper: "UH-UH! Spin around boy! Ten fingers on the fender!"
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Pretty much his entire screentime is him making oddball and/or hysterical antics.
  • Police Are Useless: Subverted. Were it not for Bond ramping over his boat and providing a distraction, he would have successfully arrested Adam.
  • The Sheriff: A loud angry Deep South sheriff.

Ms. Caruso

Played by: Madeline Smith

A young, beautiful, dark haired, nubile Italian agent who is seen sleeping with Bond in the opening after the credits. Apparently his skills as a lover made quite an impression on her. She is very nearly caught in an embarrassing state of undress by M when M comes in the morning to talk with Bond, and actually is caught in an embarrassing state of undress by Ms. Moneypenny, who silently agrees not to humiliate the poor girl by letting her hide in the closet with her clothes. When Bond finally finishes with M, he finds a fully dressed Ms. Caruso in the closet, assures her they are alone and proceeds to undress her with his new magnetic watch.

  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Once they're alone again, she doesn't mind getting undressed by Bond.
  • Closet Shuffle: Where she hides when M shows up unexpectedly.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Her only purpose in the film is to give Bond a sexual encounter to hide from his co-workers.
  • The Nudifier: She ends up on the receiving end of Bond's magnetic watch when he unzips her dress - and she likes it.