Characters / Live and Let Die

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

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The Book

     The Robber 

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 with his rifle.
  • The Dragon: Fits this role better than Tee Hee does in the book.
  • Eaten Alive: Ends up being eaten alive by a shark.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Dies after falling in the very same shark tank he attempted to kill Leiter with.
  • 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.

    Mr. Big 

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.
  • The Dreaded: Because of his striking appearance and use of voodoo imagery, many are convinced that he is the zombie of the voodoo god Baron Samedi, and are terrified of crossing him.
  • Karmic Death: He is eaten by sharks and barracudas, the same fate that he had stored for Bond and Solitaire.
  • Large and in Charge: Six-foot-six, twenty stone (280 pounds) heavy.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Bond notes that only the files on him know his real name.
  • Red Right Hand: His ash-grey skin.
  • Significant Monogram: He made his pseudonym, Mr. Big, out of his initials, Buonapart Ignace Gallia. Very befitting for the leader of a Harlem mob.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist
  • Wicked Cultured: In contrast to the poorly-educated Jive Turkeys that make up his mob, he speaks perfect English and shows a keen knowledge of history and classical art.
  • Worthy Opponent: Considers Bond this, and Bond - privately, at least - holds the same opinion of him.

The Film


"I know who you are, what you are, and why you've come."
Played by: Jane Seymour

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

  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Meaningful Name: "Solitaire" is a card game, referring to her use of tarot cards. It is also the French word for "solitary", referring to her (alleged) Virgin Power.
  • 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.
  • Token White: The only white person working for Kananga.
  • 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 

Dr. Kananga / Mr. Big
"There is only one proper way to do this...and one proper time."
Click here to see him as Mr. Big 
Played by: Yaphet Kotto

The main antagonist. A corrupt Caribbean Prime Minister who doubles as a drug lord in Harlem.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: In the book he's a 6'6", twenty stone giant of a man, with an ash-grey complexion. Here he's (once he takes the mask off) the handsome Yaphet Kotto.
  • Adaptation Name Change: In the book, his real name was Buonapart Ignace Gallia, and he made his pseudonym, Mr. Big, out of his initials. In the film, he's named Dr. Kananga after the real life owner of the crocodile farm where part of the film was shot.
  • Affably Evil: In the climax only, he acts condescendly affable after he gets the drop on Bond and Solitaire.
  • 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: On Solitaire.
  • Where Da White Women At?: Seduced Solitaire's grandmother, mother, and would have seduced Solitaire herself had Bond not interfered.

     Tee-Hee Johnson 

Tee-Hee Johnson
"Oh, the other's twice as simple. You just put your hand in his mouth... and pull his teeth out! Heh heh!"
Played by: Julius Harris

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

     Baron Samedi 

Baron Samedi
"Good morning Boss, it's sure going to be a beautiful day."
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.
  • 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 

Rosie Carver
"But you couldn't. You wouldn't. Not after what we've just done."
Played by: Gloria Hendry

A CIA agent who secretly works for Kananga.
  • Bad Liar: She turns into this the moment she and Bond step into the island of San Monique.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Is wise enough to at least have a gun handy when trying to dispose of Bond or when she suspects something's afoot with Quarrel.
  • Double Agent: She's a CIA agent that secretly works for Kananga.
  • Expy: For Coffy, or almost any woman in a Blaxploitation movie.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She has a Walking Swimsuit Scene in Quarrel Jr.'s boat and very short white dress with nothing underneath while on the island.
  • The Load: All around useless in Bond's investigation. Unless you're Kananga.
  • The Mole: Secretly working for Kananga to lure Bond into a trap.
  • Screaming Woman: She's afraid of everything. It's all an act until she sees the scarecrows...
  • You Have Failed Me: Kananga has his booby-trapped scarecrows kill her when it's clear that Bond's interrogation is going successfully.


"Your champagne, sir!"
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.


"Kind of obvious you weren't coming out front. Not even with that clever disguise you're wearing."
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.
  • Token Enemy Minority: He and Quarrel Jr. are the only black men of note to help Bond against Kananga, who besides Solitaire, has an all-African-American gang.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: The audience gets to know little about him before his death.

     Quarrel Jr. 

Quarrel Jr.
"My regards to Baron Samedi, man: right between the eyes!"
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.
  • Badass Boast: To him, the invincible, laughing Baron Samedi is no match for a simple headshot.
  • Dead Guy Junior: Named after his father Quarrel, who died in Dr. No.
  • Hero of Another Story: Nothing is said about how he met Bond.
  • Like Father, Like Son: A fisherman and ally of secret agents, just like his father.
  • Mistaken for an Imposter: Rosie Carver grows suspicious of him to the point of pointing at him with her revolver, only for Bond to introduce him as Quarrel Jr.
  • Only One Name: He only goes by one name, just like his father.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: In the original book, it was Quarrel who helped Bond, since it was released before his death in Dr. No. Since the film continuity had that come first, Jr. was created to take his place.
  • Token Enemy Minority: He and Strutter are the only black men of note to help Bond against Kananga, who besides Solitaire, has an all-African-American gang.

     Sheriff J. W. Pepper 
See his character sheet here.

     The Cab Driver 

The Cab Driver
"Right on, brother!"
Played by: Arnold Williams

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


"You made one big mistake back on that island, Bond."
Played by: Tommy Lane

One of Kananga's thugs. He perishes at the end of the speed boat chase against Bond in Louisiana.
  • '70s Hair: A less conspicuous afro than the cab driver's Funny Afro.
  • Determinator: He is the most tenacious of Kananga's mooks to chase Bond.
  • Mooks: He's one of Kananga's mooks, and the most notorious during the speed boat chase against Bond.
  • Hero Stole My Bike: More like "Villain 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.

     Ms. Caruso 

Ms. Caruso
"Such a delicate touch..."
Played by: Madeline Smith

A young, beautiful, dark haired, nubile and buxom 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.