The class difference between the couple highlights a major motif of the novel which is the unfair dominance of intellectuals over the working class. The novel is also about Solitaire’s close friend’s Sandra Banneker and her realization that she cannot live with her family’s wealth alone; she must also be alive physically. This realization stems from a heightened sexual experience Sandra had only experienced during an encounter with Kananga, suggesting that love can only happen with the element of the body, not the mind.
Mr Big was smuggling gold by placing it in the bottom of fish tanks holding poisonous tropical fish, which he was bringing into the US. When one of Mr. Big’s henchmen, the Robber is attacked in the warehouse by James Bond, another of Mr Big’s enemies; during the resultant gunfight, Bond outwits the Robber and causes him to fall into a shark tank.
Bond continues his mission in Jamaica, and is able to persuade Solitaire into lying to Mr Big, supporting Bond’s cover story. Kananga asked himself again and again when in a romantic love relationship can there be love and the pain at the same time? He could see the submissive in love with her master but what about the submissive in love with her master? How could she love her master but still willingly give him pain and make him feel uncomfortable and inferior by giving herself to James Bond?
Is it possible or can a real bdsm relationship only work if there is no romantic love but just respect for a professional worker, a deal between friends? No!
Kananga took his relationship with Solitaire seriously. He loved Solitaire’s strength, courage, passion, commitment & trust. She was his at birth.
That is a hell of a lot of responsibility. If she was genuinely a psychic/slave did she honestly believe some normal vanilla 007 secret agent could meet her needs. The British bastard would freak out, call her insane and run. It takes more love & trust in a prophetic union than in a marriage (A “collar” means more than a ring). Solitaire had topped men stronger and better than James Bond in every way. Except for Kananga’s dominance. “She” was his slave/psychic. The love from that was simply unexplainable but Bond managed to destroy it. Sex can work playfully, passionately without love and so could Bond. He used it to topple Solitaire in order to get to Mr. Big.
Bond mocked the sacredness of their relationship and scoffed at the culture that gave birth to it. Having barely escape death in a shark tank at the hands of Bond, Kananga went into hiding and plotted his return. After weeks of convalescing, he stopped complaining and began to prepare quietly in a secret place in the San Monique mountains, all the time plotting revenge: on the British government; on America; on Solitaire… on everybody!
Kananga was of course angry, bitter, hateful. It would be an eye for an eye, it was going to be Bond’s end. Kananga became a power-seeker. In his mind revenge would serve to remind others he was not to be trifled with; Unhappy, unforgiving, he joined law enforcement and became a man seeking revenge. The passion in him for revenge was strong and sometimes almost overwhelming.
His intuitive logic about revenge was often twisted, conflicted, parochial, and dangerous. Revenge is a primitive, destructive, and violent response to anger, injury, or humiliation. It is a misguided attempt to transform shame into pride. Many governments, religions, traditions, and cultures provide guidance on when revenge may and may not be sought. Unfortunately, this guidance is often unsatisfactory because it excludes groups of people, often mistreats women, generally leads to escalation, is unevenly applied, and typically leads to prolonged and escalated violence. Only Kananga’s law could prevent revenge from becoming the heart beat of the nation. Laws he invented and was more than willing to share with the rest of the world.