While Solitaire was originally white in Ian Fleming’s novel, Mankiewicz was inspired by the Blaxploitation movement and wrote she was a Black woman. Definitely a smart idea in theory, but a huge red flag for producer David Picker. Mankiewicz then told Superman Cinema Picker asked him to rewrite Solitaire for some reason.
“First of all, there are two or three countries where I can’t open this if she’s sleeping with a Black girl,” Picker told Mankiewicz. “One is Japanese; they don’t like racial mixing at all on screen.” South Africa is also a concern: While Bond movies have always been popular there, the country’s stance on apartheid would be completely unfounded.
Solitaire as a character is also a bit controversial, as clairvoyance is tied to her virtues – and when she eventually loses her virginity to Bond, she loses those powers forever. As Mankiewicz recalls in his memoir, “My Life as Mankiewicz: An Insider’s Journey Through Hollywood,” Picker also worried about reception in America. Picker said, “‘When you let James Bond destroy a Black virgin played by Diana Ross, I’m not sure you’d want to come see this movie’s Detroit opening as well.
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