While “Die can wait” is currently a hit in theaters, we wanted to come back to the recurring secondary characters of the license. Because it’s not just James Bond in life, so focus on the characters who live in his shadow.
M: the boss of James Bond has changed enormously
Whether it be M, Q, Moneypenny or even Felix Leiter, James Bond can count on the presence of strong allies. With the recent release of To die can wait, we wanted to offer you this small focus on the secondary and recurring characters of license 007. We might as well start with the embodied class: Mr.
Patron of James Bond and MI6, since the very first opus, M was played by 4 performers over time. Bernard Lee has served as M for 11 films, from 1962 to 1979, from James Bond vs. Dr No To Moonraker. Bernard Lee stayed the longest in the role of M and went through the Sean Connery and Roger Moore eras.
When leaving Octopussy in 1983, it is the actor Robert Brown who puts on the costume of M. He would return in four more films, until License to kill in 1989. The opportunity for him to work with both Roger Moore and Timothy Dalton.
In 1995, the James Bond saga took an unexpected and revolutionary turn. With GoldenEye and the arrival of Pierce Brosnan in the role, M indeed becomes a woman, unlike the very masculine character in Ian Fleming’s novels. The incredible Judi Dench becomes the new face of Mr. The latter will officiate in the role for 7 films, from 1995 to 2012. She knows the whole Pierce Brosnan era and, unlike her predecessors, she died on screen, in the excellent Sky Fall.
Since then in Sky Fall, Spectrum and To die can wait, it’s Ralph Fiennes who has become the new face of Mr. Also note that John Huston played the character in the special movie Casino Royale (1967) and that Edward Fox also lent his features to the character in Never never again.
Felix Leiter: James Bond’s only friend
CIA agent and James Bond’s only loyal ally, Felix Leiter appears in Ian Flemming’s books from the very first volume: Casino Royale. In the movies, Felix Leiter appears from the first opus, in James Bond vs. Dr No. Subsequently, the protagonist will return in most James Bond films. Even if it is not in all of these. An impressive number of actors have followed one another in the role of Felix Leiter.
In James Bond vs. Dr No it’s Jack Lord who lends his features to the CIA agent. In 1964, in Goldfinger, the character is embodied by Cec linder. In 1965, in Operation Thunder, the character is entrusted to Rik van nutter. And in Diamonds are forever, in 1971, it is Norman Burton who plays Felix Leiter. Then, David Hedison is the first to reprise the role on several occasions since he plays Felix in 1973 in Live and Let Die then in 1989 in License to kill. Strange thing since it was John Terry who played Felix Leiter in Killing is not playing, the James Bond who preceded License to kill.
At last, Jeffrey Wright is the last face of Felix Leiter, which he embodied at three times, in Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and To die can wait. Note that in Never never again, the unofficial 1983 film, is Bernie Casey who plays the character.
Q: Desmond Llewelyn the tireless
Q is responsible for the research and development division of MI6. It is he who invents and supplies ever more delirious gadgets to James Bond. Originally named Major Geoffrey Boothroyd, the character takes Q’s number in the second episode of the license: With love from Russia, when the actor Desmond Llewelyn recovers the character.
Initially, in James Bond vs. Dr No, Q is played by Peter Burton. Unavailable to take over the role the following year, he is replaced by Desmond Llewelyn. The latter will play, except in Live and Let Die, this role in all official films James bond until his death in 1999. Thus, from 1963 to 1999, for 36 years, Desmond Llewelyn was the endearing and welcoming face of Q. He thus counts 17 appearances on the screen. An absolute record within the license!
In The world is not enough, shot shortly before his death, Desmond Llewelyn wanted to hang up. In the film, he introduces James Bond to his replacement, played by John Cleese. The latter, who calls himself R, will return in Die another day. We must then wait until 2012 to see a new Q return to the screen. The character is totally rejuvenated and is entrusted to the excellent Ben Whishaw, which counts 3 appearances: Skyfall, Specter and To die can wait.