Gloria Hendry was the first African American woman to get jiggy with James Bond. But now she tells us another 007 barrier may be broken.
Interviewed on The Four Aces Network, the actress who played Rosie Carver opposite Roger Moore in 1973’s Live and Let Die lets slip(?) that the producers of the most lucrative franchise in cinematic history have their eye on giving the role some soul for the first time in 48 years.
“I think Bond—I think they’re probably looking for a black Bond,” Gloria, 61, tells host Christopher Williams.
Gloria also discusses how she came to land her historic role.
“The story behind Live and Let Die—Ian Fleming, the writer [of the James Bond novels], lived in Jamaica. When he wrote Live and Let Die, the role of Solitaire was a women of my hue and the role of Rosie Carver was Caucasian,” she says.
“And at the last minute, when they cast the film, they reversed it and they released the young lady who had already had the role of Solitaire, they asked her to step down to play Rosie Carver.
“She refused, so they had to recast. Jane Seymour and I were the last two brought on while they were filming Live and Let Die, and normally they cast at least six to three months prior to shooting the film, so we were cast as they were shooting.”
What’s more, Gloria got the part without ever having to audition.
“I never read one line,” she says. “I did not read one line of the script until I was cast.”
Now that’s R-E-S-P-E-C-T.
Gloria also chats about landing a role in 1968’s For Love of Ivy.
“I got the film when I was working at the Playboy Club. I worked there for around seven years, as a matter of fact—Sidney Poitier, I never had the honor of meeting him until I got the film.
“It happened that particular evening while I was in the Play Room, working in New York City, and as far as the Playboy Club is concerned there were only around two or three ladies of my hue that worked there-out of 150 ladies.
“Daniel Mann, the director and—the casting director slips my memory at this moment—but they both were sitting at my station that particular evening and I said, ‘Good evening, I’m your Playboy Bunny,’ and they said, ‘How would you like to be in a movie?’ and I said, ‘Yeah, right.’
“Then I said, ‘Please direct your conversation to the Bunny Mother.’
“And within about a week or two they did and I was very surprised because most of the time—I was often propositioned at the Playboy Club and nothing really came of it.
“But that time it did and I had the honor of meeting Sidney Poitier, who became a lifelong friend.”
To hear Gloria’s full interview, click here.