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Tarot of the Witches cards by Fergus Hall

Jane Seymour as Solitaire in Live And Let Die.
Jane Seymour as Solitaire in Live And Let Die.
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New prop replica set of Live and Let Die Tarot cards by Factory Entertainment
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Original James Bond Tarot of the Witches Deck from 1973 can often be found on eBay. Note the blue back of the cards.

Original book from Stuart A. Kaplan that comes in the vintage Tarot card sets

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The new 2022 Factory Entertainment James Bond Live And Let Die Tarot Cards Prop Replica Numbered Edition comes in a box with COA, 37 cards and screen accurate cloth bag.
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The 2022 Factory Entertainment James Bond Live And Let Die Tarot Cards Prop Replica Numbered Edition comes with ten extra Lovers cards.
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In the 1973 movie Live and Let Die (starring Roger Moore), a deck of tarot cards designed by Fergus Hall is used by Bond to seduce the beautiful virgin Solitaire (played by Jane Seymour). After Solitaire predicts 'Death', Bond makes sure that he predicts 'Lovers' by having Solitaire choose a card from a stacked deck of only 'Lovers' cards.

There are many Tarot readers who are not impressed with the design of this deck, calling it everything from 'ugly' to 'ridiculous', but some people do like the quite colorful and surrealistic design. As a James Bond movie prop, though, this deck is a must have for any 007 collector!

At the time of the movie, an original deck of cards was released with a 007 logo on the back of each card, and a special James Bond box. Look for the vintage special editions on eBay, there is usually quite a few on offer.

In the film itself, the cards also have the 007 logo-design on the back of the cards which is probably the only prop seen in a Bond film that has a 007 logo on it as part of the branding (although the Junkanoo 007 hats in Thunderball is also quite a nice easter egg). In the film the cards have the logo repeated on a red background, but the vintage set from that time has a blue back. The replica set from Factory Entertainment (read more below) has the correct red color.

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Factory Entertainment Replica Set 1

A replica deck which is identical to the cards used in the film was released by Factory Entertainment in 2008 for around $35, and this set can still be found on eBay. This set features 25 different Tarot cards with 2 additional duplicate 'Lovers' cards and includes a display box, black velvet storage bag, detailed prop story booklet, detailed prop story booklet, and certificate of authenticity.

The set comes in a display box and includes a black velvet storage bag, a detailed prop story booklet and Certificate of Authenticity.

Update 2022: this set is currently hard to find. You can try eBay but will find mostly vintage James Bond 007 Tarot decks. But a new set by Factory Entertainment can now be ordered for Summer 2022 delivery, read more below.

 

Factory Entertainment Replica Set 2

In 2022, Factory Entertainment has re-released their James Bond Live And Let Die Tarot Cards Prop Replica set. This set is different from the previous set in that it's a Numbered Edition set and has more cards: it replicates exactly the 27 cards used in production, including two recently rediscovered cards which were thought to have been lost and have never been previously reproduced. The set also includes 10 duplicate ‘The Lovers’ cards, making a total of 37 cards in each set.

The set comes in a new stylish box, with a magnetic closure. Each set includes an individually numbered Certificate of Authenticity booklet and a screen-accurate black velvet storage bag.

This updated set can be pre-ordered for £79.95 / $79.95 at the 007 Store, the 007 Store USA or at Factory Entertainment.

 

Trivia

The Tarot of the Witches Tarot Deck can also be seen in an episode of The X-Files, Season 3, Episode 4, "Clyde Bruckman's Final Response."

Tarot cards used during the filming of Live and Let Die were auctioned at 50 Years of James Bond - The Auction at Christie's which took place online between Friday 28 September and Monday 8 October 2012. The cards were estimated to sell for £800 - 1200, but fetched an incredible £30,000.

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Comments

As of 21May2013 these are going for $34.99 on Amazon. Sadly I did not get them sooner.
Thank you, you're right, price has gone up, I have updated the price.
I have an original 1973 James bond tarot deck by Fergus hall is there a market?
I have James bond 007 tarot deck card design by Fergus hall not mint condition opened.
I have 2 decks of original oo7 cards however, they are both in an entirely different box that I have never seen anywhere before.
I have original blue set of cards and hardback book- not in mint condition but complete
Have been in contact with Factory Entertainment and they have confirmed in an email that they never produced a 29 red set of cards, they only produced one set, 25 prop cards with 2 extra 'Lovers' card. The site owners need to amend this page because the 22 +7 cards they refer to are not official Factory Entertainment products. If they need proof, contact the company as I did.

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