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|Alias(es)||“The man who cannot die”|
|Occupation||Voodoo God of Death|
|Affiliation||Dr. Kananga, Voodoo occult|
Baron Samedi is a mysterious villain, possibly with supernatural powers. Is he a man imitating the voodoo god Baron Samedi or the real thing?<br>
In the novel, Baron Samedi does not make an appearance himself, although many people in Harlem and elsewhere believe the novel's chief villain, Mr. Big, to be either the Voodoo god Baron Samedi himself or perhaps his zombie. Mr. Big encourages this belief by keeping a Baron Samedi totem near his desk.
Baron Samedi is first introduced as a so-called entertainer who does a voodoo dance act for tourists, when Bond arrives at the island on which most of the action takes place. The announcer introduces Samedi as “the man who cannot die”.
In the film, Baron Samedi is perhaps the most enigmatic villain/henchman the cinematic Bond has ever faced. The character is an ambiguous one, and the audience cannot tell if he is the Voodoo god Baron Samedi himself or simply a human who has assumed Samedi's identity. Contributing to the mystery is the fact that Samedi seems to operate as an aide to Doctor Kananga, aka Mr. Big, but is not entirely under his control. In one scene, for instance, as Kananga interrogates Solitaire (the film's main Bond girl), Samedi engages in an odd ritual of burning Tarot cards. The ritual seems to convey a sinister message to Kananga and Solitaire, and although it irritates Kananga, he refuses to put a stop to Samedi's card-burning. Furthermore, the scene demonstrates that he has, perhaps, the same Tarot powers as Solitaire.
Near the end of the film, Baron Samedi is apparently killed (twice - though the first appears to be a mechanical dummy) after Bond throws him into a coffin full of snakes. But just before the end credits roll, at the point when Bond typically has achieved total victory in the Bond films, we see Samedi riding on the front of a speeding train laughing demonically, further suggesting that he is in fact a supernatural character, a first (and so far only) for the Bond films.
Samedi has never reappeared in any subsequent Bond film, unlike the henchman Jaws or the villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld, but neither has the series endeavored to solve the mystery of Samedi's nature. Since Samedi's last appearance was more than three decades ago, the mystery will likely remain unsolved.
In the video game, Samedi appears as a boss in an unlockable mission separate from the main plot. In the game, Bond is sent to the ancient el-Saghira temple in the Valley of the Kings in response to a letter sent by someone claiming to be Baron Samedi. Additionally, Samedi claims to have possession of Francisco Scaramanga's golden gun (from The Man with the Golden Gun). Bond is sent to retrieve the legendary weapon and defeat a cackling Baron a total of three times before completing the mission. In the cutscene that follows, Bond strides down a corridor of the temple with the golden gun in hand. Just as he is about to leave, Samedi emerges from the shadows and laughs.