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.


Dr. Kananga / Mr. Big

Played by: Yaphet Kotto

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

  • The Chessmaster: With Solitaire's help, he's two steps ahead of Bond throughout much of the movie.
  • 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.


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.

  • 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.


Rosie Carver

Played by: Gloria Hendry

A CIA agent who secretly works for Kananga.

  • The Load: All around useless.
  • The Mole: Secretly working for Kanaga to lure Bond into a trap.
  • You Have Failed Me: Kanaga kills her when it's clear Bond's interrogation is going successfully.


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.

  • Butt Monkey: Ends up getting trapped by an inflatable couch when Kananga shoots it with the shark gun.
  • The Dragon: Runs Kananga's drug facility on San Monique.
  • Room Disservice: Poses as a room service waiter to distract Bond while the snake is set up in position.


Strutter

Played by: Lon Satton

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

  • 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.


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.

  • 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.


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.


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.

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.

  • 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.