Solitaire (Jane Seymour)
Solitaire played by Jane Seymour
Born in Hayes, Middlesex, England on 15th February 1951
Starred In Live And Let Die (1973)
After Bond follows Kananga to the Fillet of Soul restaurant, he meets Solitaire. After a rather brief encounter, Mr Big instructs that he should be 'wasted'. Before he leaves, 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. He returns later that evening and goes into Solitaire's suite, easily seducing her with a stacked 'lovers' card deck. In the morning they both discover that Kananga is hiding vast areas of poppy fields. After evading Kanangas men, they manage to escape 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 Kanangas henchmen and taken back to him.
Later Felix Leiter informs Bond that after a raid on the Fillet of Soul, Kananga has taken Solitaire back to San Monique, leaving three Tarot cards; the high priestess, the moon and death. After travelling to San Monique, Bond manages to rescue Solitaire and kill Kananga, whilst Quarrel Jr destroys the poppy fields.
Dr Kananga keeps solitaire a virtual prisoner. Given a unique gift, Solitaire has psychic powers given to her by reading Tarot cards. Kananga knows that like her mother, should Solitaire ever make love, she would lose her gift. A gift that only Kananga alone will take should the time come.
Solitaire is clearly worried when the lovers card is drawn twice on two separate occasions. Bond uses this to his advantage when he asks Solitaire to choose from a deck containing all lovers cards.
While Jane Seymour has a good on-screen persona, the character of Solitaire doesn't fair so well. Providing little assistance to Bond, Solitaire finds herself getting captured by Kananga too easily, leading Bond to rescue her on a number of occasions. §