Thu, 04 Oct 2012 02:15:00 GMT | By Maureen O'Hare
Bond's greatest villains

Baron Samedi & Dr Kananga: Live and Let Die (1973)



Baron Samedi & Dr Kananga: Live and Let Die (1973) (© Rex Features)
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Released during the height of the blaxploitation era, Live and Let Die depicts many blaxploitation archetypes and cliches, including black gangsters and a drug trafficking storyline. Yaphet Kotto (right, in the white suit) plays Dr Kananga / Mr Big, a corrupt Caribbean Prime Minister who doubles as a drug lord. Geoffrey Holder (left, with umbrella) plays Baron Samedi, Kananaga's henchman who has ties to the voodoo occult.

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