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The cards have followed you for me.
~ Solitaire's most well-known line

Solitaire is a supporting antagonist-turned-main heroine of the 1973 James Bond film Live and Let Die.

She was portrayed by Jane Seymour, who also portrayed Cathy Ames in the miniseries adaptation of John Steinbeck's East of Eden.

History

Solitaire is a psychic in the employ of Dr. Kananga. As James Bond travels to New York by plane, Solitaire describes his journey to Dr. Kananga through the use of Tarot cards. The one drawback to her ability is that she must remain a virgin in order to preserve it.

After Bond follows Kananga to the Fillet of Soul restaurant, he meets Solitaire. After a rather brief encounter with Mr. Big, Bond asks Solitaire about his future. When instructed to pick up a card Bond quizzically comments "us?” after picking up the lovers card.

When Bond and Rosie Carver visit San Monique, Solitaire tells Kananga the future, once more picking the lovers card in regard to Bond. Later that evening Bond returns to the island. After convincing Solitaire they are meant to be lovers, with odds stacked in his favor, Bond succeeds in seducing her. After losing her virginity to Bond through their sexual intercourse, Solitaire loses her psychic power, which endangers her life. Bond discovers Kananga is hiding vast areas of poppy fields. Bond and Solitaire evade Kananga's men, escaping in Quarrel Jr.'s boat.

After arriving in New Orleans, Bond and Solitaire are captured and taken to Mr Big. Before Bond can be given his skydiving lesson without a parachute, he manages to escape. Solitaire is recaptured by Kananga's henchmen and taken back to him.

While interrogating Bond at the Fillet of Soul, Kananga demands to know whether he has slept with Solitaire. When 007 refuses to answer, Kananga decides to find out for himself by putting Solitaire's psychic powers to the test. Taking Bond's watch, he reads out what he claims to be its registration number and asks Solitaire to confirm whether he is telling the truth. After some hesitation, she replies, "You speak the truth", prompting a seemingly satisfied Kananga to release Bond. Initially relieved at her narrow escape, she soon learns that she has, in fact, answered incorrectly. When Kananga asks why she allowed herself to be seduced by Bond, Solitaire protests that the cards had spoken and she had no choice in the matter. Unmoved, he slaps her to the floor, sentences her to death and turns her over to Baron Samedi.

After a raid on the Fillet of Soul, Felix Leiter informs Bond that Kananga has taken Solitaire back to San Monique, leaving behind three Tarot cards: the High Priestess, the Moon and Death. Arriving on San Monique, where a voodoo ceremony is already under way, Bond looks on as Solitaire is led out for sacrifice. Tied to an altar, she watches helplessly as a gleeful Dambala menaces her with the same snake that killed the unfortunate Baines. However, just before it can inflict the fatal bite, Bond interrupts the ceremony, shoots Dambala dead and rescues Solitaire. While attempting to escape, Bond and Solitaire make their way through an underground passageway, which ultimately leads them to Kananga and Whisper.

The pair are tied up and left to be eaten by sharks, but Bond manages to free himself and defeat Kananga, allowing the pair to escape once more.

Later, on the train, she beats Bond at gin rummy and tries to have a quiet night before Tee Hee traps her in the bed, believing Bond did it. After Bond kills Tee Hee, he rescues her out of the bed and they soon make out.

Trivia

  • She is one of the many Bond villainesses to change sides midway through the film, though she is one of the few to be tricked into this.
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Main Villains
Sean Connery & George Lazenby
Julius No | Ernst Stavro Blofeld | Rosa Klebb | Auric Goldfinger | Emilio Largo

Roger Moore
Dr. Kananga | Francisco Scaramanga | Karl Stromberg | Hugo Drax | Aris Kristatos | Kamal Khan | General Orlov | Max Zorin

Timothy Dalton
Georgi Koskov | Brad Whitaker | Franz Sanchez

Pierce Brosnan
Alec Trevelyan | Elliot Carver | Elektra King | Renard | Gustav Graves

Daniel Craig
Le Chiffre | Dominic Greene | Raoul Silva | Ernst Stavro Blofeld | Lyutsifer Safin

Non-Eon
Dr. Noah | Maximillian Largo

Supporting Villains
Sean Connery (Part 1)
R.J. Dent | Three Blind Mice | Miss Taro | Annabel Chung | Tov Kronsteen | Red Grant | Morzeny | Krilencu | Rhoda | Oddjob | Pussy Galore | Kisch | Mr. Ling | Denise | Sydney | Mr. Solo | Jed Midnight | Jack Strap | Capungo | Fiona Volpe | Count Lippe | Angelo Palazzi | Jacques Bouvar | Vargas | Ricardo | Osato | Helga Brandt | Hans

George Lazenby
Irma Bunt | Grunther | Braun | Felsen | Josef

Sean Connery (Part 2)
Wint and Kidd | Bambi and Thumper

Roger Moore
Tee Hee | Baron Samedi | Adam | Whisper | Dambala | Solitaire | Rosie Carver | Leroy | Nick Nack | Hai Fat | Kra | Jaws | Liparus Captain | Naomi | Sandor | Professor Markovitz | Dr. Bechmann | Chang | Emile Locque | Erich Kriegler | Hector Gonzales | Claus | Apostis | Octopussy | Gobinda | Mischka and Grischka | Magda | Scarpine | May Day | Hans Glaub | Bob Conley | Jenny Flex | Pan Ho

Timothy Dalton
Necros | Colonel Feyador | Imposter 00 | Dario | Milton Krest | Ed Killifer | Heller | Joe Butcher | Perez | Braun | Clive

Pierce Brosnan
Xenia Onatopp | Arkady Ourumov | Boris Grishenko | Richard Stamper | General Chang | Henry Gupta | Dr. Kaufman | Captain Scott | Timblin | Satoshi Isagura | Tom Wallace | Philip Jones | Jeff Hobbs | Mary Golson | Beth Davidson | Tamara Steel | Gabor | Sasha Davidov | Mr. Bullion | Giulietta da Vinci | Mikhail Arkov | Trukhin | Lachaise | Miranda Frost | Tang Lin Zao | Vladmir Popov | Mr. Kil | Dr. Alvarez | General Han | General Li | General Dong | Van Bierk

Daniel Craig
Mr. White | Steven Obanno | Vesper Lynd | Alex Dimitrios | Adolph Gettler | Dryden | Valenka | Kratt | Mollaka Danso | Carlos Nikolic | Leo | Fisher | Luiz Medrano | Colonel Carlos | Gregg Beam | Elvis | Lieutenant Orso | Craig Mitchell | Yusef Kabira | Guy Haines | Edmund Slate | Marchetti Pilot | Gregor Karakov | Moishe Soref | Patrice | Severine | Boat Captain | Max Denbigh | Mr. Hinx | Marco Sciarra | Moreau | Dr. Vogel | Guerra | Abrika | Marshall | Valerian | Lorenzo | Gallo | Francesco and Marco | Primo | Valdo Obruchev | Logan Ash

Non-EON
Fatima Blush | Mr. Lippe

Video Game Villains
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Organizations
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