Contributed by: The James Bond Movie Encyclopedia by Steven Jay Rubin

(a.k.a. Mr. Big): Sinister foreign minister of the mythical island of San Monique in Live and Let Die, portrayed by American actor Yaphet Kotto. While he appears to be a mild-mannered third-world diplomat, Kananga is actually a resourceful, megalomaniacal drug lord who is about to corner the North American heroin market. He uses prosthetics to pose as Harlem drug kingpin Mr. Big. Kananga’s plan is to cultivate two tons of San Monique heroin and distribute it free of charge through his chain of Fillet of Soul restaurants. Such a ploy would force his competitors out of business and double the number of addicts in the United States.

His entourage includes Baron Samedi (Geoffrey Holder), who may or may not be a supernatural being; Whisper (Earl Jolly Brown) and Tee Hee (Julius Harris), his principal assassins; and Solitaire (Jane Seymour), a fortune-teller whose tarot cards can predict the future of Kananga’s evil deeds. Mr. Big / Kananga is eventually killed on San Monique when, in an underwater scuffle with Bond (Roger Moore), he is forced to swallow a bitter pill—a compressed air bullet that literally blows him to smithereens.


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