|Alias(es):||"Whisper", "The Whisper"|
|Dist. Features:||Weak voice due to half a lung|
|Status:|| Arrested (Novel)|
|Behind the scenes|
|Portrayed By:||Earl Jolly Brown|
|First Appearance:|| Live and Let Die (Novel) |
|Last Appearance:|| Live and Let Die (Film)|
Whisper is the name of a character in the Bond novel and film, Live and Let Die. The character has a very soft voice that sounds like he is whispering, hence earning himself the name. In the film he is played by Earl Jolly Brown.
In the novel, his quiet voice is attributed to a childhood bout of tuberculosis, from which one and a half of his lungs had to be removed, leaving him with only half a lung with which to breathe and talk. Whisper is arrested in the end of the novel.
In the film adaptation of Live and Let Die, Whisper is an extremely soft-spoken, portly assassin employed by Kananga. The driver of the white pimpmobile, he is seen on a number of occasions throughout the film; when Bond travels to meet Felix Leiter in New York, when he pulls alongside Bond's cab, he kills the driver by using a poison dart gun concealed in the side-mirror of the car. Bond's final encounter with Whisper occurs at the end of the film in Kananga's lair.
It is unclear as to whether Whisper, like so many henchmen, actually dies at the close of the movie. He is last seen being knocked into an air tight metal capsule just prior to the climatic fight between Bond and Kanaga. Since he can't scream very loud for anyone to help him, he presumably suffocated in the capsule.