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Bernard Lee, Sean Connery

Bernard Lee [12]

Born:January 10, 1908
Died:January 16, 1981 (73)
Filmography Rating:6.98 / 10
IMDB Rating:6.98 / 10
Amazon Rating:4.27 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:78.85%
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List of Titles and Roles/Jobs:
Beat the Devil [1953](45) => Insp. Jack Clayton
Dr. No [1962](54) => M
From Russia with Love [1963](55) => 'M'
Goldfinger [1964](56) => 'M'
Thunderball [1965](57) => 'M'
You Only Live Twice [1967](59) => 'M'
On Her Majesty's Secret Service [1969](61) => 'M'
Diamonds Are Forever [1971](63) => 'M'
Live and Let Die [1973](65) => 'M'
The Man with the Golden Gun [1974](66) => 'M'
The Spy Who Loved Me [1977](69) => M
Moonraker [1979](71) => M

Trivia that mentions this person:
Beat the Devil [1953]
  • Jack Clayton, the Scotland Yard inspector played by Bernard Lee, is named after the film's cameraman, Jack Clayton, who later became a well-known director.
    The World is Not Enough [1999]
  • In the Scottish Headquarters castle, a portrait of Bernard Lee (the original M) hangs behind the current M's desk.
    You Only Live Twice [1967]
  • The fifth film in the official [James Bond] series and also was the fifth for Sean Connery as James Bond, Bernard Lee as M and Lois Maxwell as Miss Moneypenny. And it was the fourth for Desmond Llewelyn as Q.
    Moonraker [1979]
  • Bernard Lee's final appearance as M. The actor died when For Your Eyes Only was in pre-production.
    For Your Eyes Only [1981]
  • First and only [Bond] film in the official series not to feature the M character. It was the first [Bond] film not to feature Bernard Lee as M, who had played the role in the previous eleven films in the series. Lee died of stomach cancer on January 16, 1981, after the filming of "For Your Eyes Only" had started but before his scenes were shot. Although Bernard Lee was dying of stomach cancer, he did try to film at least one scene in the movie, but in the end it was too much for him and he had to bow out. He died not long after. As a result, Q's role in the film was slightly expanded to fill the gap. As such, a number of scenes originally intended to include M were re-written with Q, e.g. the confessional scene. As a mark of respect, producer Albert R. Broccoli refused to recast the role, changing the script to say that M was on leave. The tele-movie Climax!: Casino Royale (1954) also did not feature the M character.
    Octopussy [1983]
  • Robert Brown [II] appears as "M" for the first time, replacing Bernard Lee who died between Moonraker (Lee's final appearance as M) and For Your Eyes Only which left the M character out entirely.