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Did You Know...? The First African American Bond Girl

Gloria now / Gloria Then

Long before Halle literally made a splash as Jinx in Die Another Day, there was Gloria Hendry who I'm sure made a few splashes of her own in Roger Moore's pants, when she assumed Bond girl duties, as Rosie Carver, in 1973's Live and Let Die.

In that film, she became the first African American woman to be romantically involved with 007. She is NOT, however, the first African American woman to have a role in a Bond film; that honor goes to Trina Parks who had an uncredited role as a bodyguard in Diamonds Are Forever.

When Live And Let Die was first released in South Africa, Gloria Hendry's love scenes with Roger Moore were cut out because it was prohibited by the Apartheid government.

Right before shacking up with Moore, Gloria was a Playboy Bunny.

She later starred in several 1970's Blaxploitation films.

She lives in Los Angeles today.

Now you know...!

3 comments:

  1. Nic said...
     

    That is something. I could have sworn Halle and her PR team promoted her as the FIRST black bond girl. Am I mistaken?

  2. The Obenson Report said...
     

    Hey Nic - I actually don't remember if she was promoted as such. I know there was a big fuss made over it, but I can't remember if anyone from her camp actually made that claim.

  3. clara carlton said...
     

    A Sista with a Fro and wearing the hell out of that bikini Right On!!!! Power to the people the Revolution will not be televised!!!!

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