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Baron Samedi

Enigmatic foe of Bond working with Kananga

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The Man With the Golden Laugh

  • Aug 23, 2010
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If there was ever a more odd or bizzare Bond villain, it was Baron Samedi.  I was for the longest time kinda puzzled by this man.  He didn't do much or have a major fight scene.  He did though have the cool laugh and voice that every time you saw him, made him stand out in a movie with the fat guy who can barely speak, the tall heavy with the metal arm, the redneck sheriff comic relief, a crocodile farm, a big boat chase and Jane Seymour looking young and sexy.

For those of you not in the know, Live and Let Die was Bond's brush with voodoo practictioners and obeah which a real life Baron Samedi is a part of as a loa in Hatian voodoo.  This man though through Dr. Kananga's influence is posing as said loa to keep parts of the San Monique island off limits from the citizens for fear of being cursed since Baron Samedi is the loa of the dead.  The land being forbidden is where Kananga's poppy fields are being grown so that no one goes in to try and steal the poppys or report on whats going on.  These points are not in the book where the plot is about smuggled pirate treasure and not heroin and there, well isn't really a Baron Samedi character on his own.  I had to find this stuff out online proving that I hate finding out poorly told plot points that are important to the story through other means.  Bond in the movie is looking for the reason why three secret service agents are dead and no word is mentioned about Baron Samedi cursing the land and scaring the locals away so they don't find the poppys.

Baron Samedi appears in his introduction scene-a musical number with other dancers and performers playing to real life theater star Geoffrey Holder's strengths.  It's a different way to show the new character in a non violent way even though it's later revealed that he is in fact a villain.  He shows up a couple more times in various costumes and at least a couple of times in elaborate makeup.  The good Baron even has a death scene, but to show his eccentric character, appears on the train engine at the end of the movie.  Did he die?  Is he REALLY Baron Samedi and thus cannot be killed?  Is he a message that death will get Bond one day?  It really boils down to the producers liked the Baron character and kept it as a footnote that he could return one day.  Maybe he did and thats why the Bond series is in trouble right now.
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review by . November 05, 2011
posted in Bond, James Bond
Although not one of the best Bonds, I still do like the movie Live and Let Die.  But Baron Samedi irritates me so much when watching the film.  I just don't like the character and get so tired of his irritating laugh gestures.   There are not many good villains in this movie, but of all of them he is my least favorite.  I don't find him scary, menacing, or even humorous.   The character just irritates me.
Quick Tip by . August 14, 2010
posted in Bond, James Bond
I loved this bond henchman, thought he was really cool.
Quick Tip by . August 10, 2010
posted in Bond, James Bond
The man with the golden laugh and was even considered being put in other movies. Awesome.
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Baron Samedi (Baron Saturday, also Baron Samdi, Bawon Samedi, or Bawon Sanmdi) is one of the Loa of Haitian Vodou. Samedi is a Loa of the dead, along with Baron's numerous other incarnations Baron Cimetière, Baron La Croix, and Baron Kriminel. He is the head of the Guédé family of Loa, or an aspect of them, or possibly their spiritual father. 'Samedi' means 'Saturday' in French. His wife is the Loa Maman Brigitte.
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