He might be most famous for his turn as Baron Samedi in Live and Let Die, but Holder and his wife Carmen de Lavallade were black pioneers in Broadway and ballet who pushed boundaries throughout their careers
While shooting his climactic scene as the menacing Bond villain/voodoo spirit Baron Samedi in Live and Let Die, Geoffrey Holder found himself in a situation that not even he could dance his way out of.
“Geoffrey was an absolute joy, great fun, always very pleasant and happy on set. Though we discovered he had one major phobia: snakes,” recalls Sir Roger Moore, 87, whose 007 sparred with Holder. “That was rather unfortunate, as his character had a death scene where he fell backwards into a coffin full of the slithery beasts. However, it just so happened on the fateful day Princess Alexandra was visiting the set, and Geoffrey knew he couldn’t back out – not in front of royalty.”
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Wed, 22 Jul 2015 19:45:01 GMT