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James Bond Villain Geoffrey Holder Dies


(SNN) - Geoffery Holder, Actor, choreographer, director, dancer, painter, costume designer, singer and voice-over artist has passed away at the age of 84. Holder, the iconic voodoo villain Baron Samedi from the James Bond film, “You Only Live Twice”, stole the screen overshadowing Roger Moore's first Bond outing. I has been said that his performance as the Top-Hatted voodoo baddie was the best Bond villain to grace the big screen.

It has been reported that Holder died on Sunday of complications relating to pneumonia at Mount Sinai St Luke's Hospital in New York.

Holder's showbiz appearance was in 1958 when he played a Calypso Singer in the TV Series, “ The United States Steel Hour”. He quickly followed that up with a motion picture role as a Voodoo Dancer, in the 1958 film “Carib Gold” In all, Holder has appeared in thirty films, his last in 2008 as Mr. Emory, a short film titled, “Butterfield”

In 1975 Holder won two Tony Awards for direction and costume design of “The Wiz”, the all-black musical version of The Wizard of Oz.

As a life-long artist, Holder was a sculptor, photographer and painter for most of his life. In 1957, he received a Guggenheim fellowship in painting. His work has been exhibited at Washington's Corcoran Gallery as well as New York's Guggenheim Museum.

Geoffrey Holder is survived by his wife, Carmen de Lavallade, and their son, Leo.  


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