Monday, 6 October 2014

RIP Geoffrey Holder

Following the sad news of Bond villain Richard Kiel's death last month, comes the news that another classic adversary from the Roger Moore tenure has passed away; Geoffrey Holder, the Trinidadian actor, dancer, choreographer, singer and artist has died aged 84.

Holder played Baron Samedi in Moore's Bond debut, 1973's Live and Let Die. Unusually for a Bond villain, Holder's mercurial and sinister witch doctor gets to survive the film, appearing as a malevolent cackling presence in the final frame

Other film roles included British modern remake of Shakespeare's Othello set in the jazz/beatnik scene, All Night Long, the musical Doctor Dolittle, Woody Allen's Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex* and was Punjab in the musical Annie. He also provided the narration for Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Holder also won two Tony awards for costume design and direction for the all black musical take on The Wizard Of Oz, The Wiz, the first black man to be nominated in either category.

He is survived by his wife Carmen De Lavallade, pictured together below



  1. I thought I recognised him but I couldn't think what from, until that last picture. Doctor Doolittle was easily my favourite film growing up.

    1. Apparently he had a really hard time making that movie as Rex Harrison's wife, Rachel Roberts, thought it was amusing to aim racist remarks in his direction