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

The mystical tools of Solitaire (Jane Seymour) in Live and Let Die. A virgin with the power of the obeah (the “second sight”), Solitaire uses the cards expertly to predict the future.

Practically enslaved to Kananga (Yaphet Kotto) at first, Solitaire eventually sleeps with Bond (Roger Moore), switches allegiances, and loses her power. She also uses the cards to alert Bond to various dangers. For instance, when Bond meets an attractive CIA operative named Rosie Carver (Gloria Hendry), he also finds the queen of cups tarot card in the upside-down position. Since Bond knows that this means a deceitful, perverse woman, a liar, or a cheat, the card helps him realize that Carver is working for Kananga. To help Bond rescue Solitaire from a voodoo sacrifice on the island of San Monique, three cards are left for him in the Fillet of Soul restaurant in New Orleans: the High Priestess (a reference to Solitaire herself), Death (meaning great danger), and the Moon (perhaps referring to the time of the planned sacrifice).

The tarot cards for Live and Let Die were beautifully painted for the movie by Scottish artist Fergus Hall, and they are featured prominently in the film’s advertising campaign. Interestingly, the back side of each tarot card included the 007 logo. Even though the card backs never appeared in close-up in the film, you can plainly see the logo on the special cards that were sold to the public in a boxed set after the film’s release in 1973. If you look closely enough, you can see the 007 logo on the film cards as well.


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