The 007 Connection
The connections between The Avengers and James Bond run a tad deeper than just the genre. Here are all of the actors (known) to have worked on both:
Patrick Barr (Colonel Stonehouse, "Take Me To Your Leader") was the British Ambassador to East Germany in Octopussy.
David Bauer (Bishop of Winnipeg, "The Little Wonders"; Ivanov, "The Girl from Auntie") was diamond smuggler/mortuary owner Morton Slumber in Diamonds Are Forever, and a U.S. Delegate in You Only Live Twice.
Robert Brown (Saul, "The Town of No Return") played the new "M" in the series from Octopussy to Licence to Kill.
Peter Burton (Fleming, "Small Game for Big Hunters") played "Q" for only one film, Dr. No.
Anthony Chin (Oriental Interrogator, "Room Without a View") was a SPECTRE guard in You Only Live Twice, as well as a Taiwanese tycoon in A View to a Kill.
John Cleese (Marcus Pugman, "Look - (stop me if you've heard this one)...") played "R," assistant to "Q" in The World Is Not Enough and now that Desmond Llewelyn has passed on he has continued in Die Another Day.
Michael Collins (Technician, "Mr Teddy Bear"; Det.-Sgt. Rogers, "Brought to Book") dubbed Auric Goldfinger in Goldfinger, and not David De Keyser as is often cited. (It has not been determined, however, if this is the Michael Collins...)
James Cossins (Henry Lasindall, "Pandora") played a ballistics expert in The Man With the Golden Gun.
Ronald Culver (Colonel Timothy, "You'll Catch Your Death") is the Home Secretary in Thunderball.
Bill Cummings (Golda, "They Keep Killing Steed") is a bumbling SPECTRE thug in Thunderball.
David De Keyser (Dr. Prator, "Faces") did the voice dubbing for Draco in On Her Majesty's Secret Service. He also plays a plastic surgeon (how appropriate!) in Diamonds Are Forever.
Francis de Wolff (Hercule Zeebrugge, "The Far-Distant Dead") was a Gypsy leader in From Russia With Love.
Guy Doleman (Oliver Waldner, "Six Hands Across A Table") portrays SPECTRE agent Count Lippe in Thunderball.
Valentine Dyall (Butler, "You'll Catch Your Death") was the booming voice of Dr. Noah in Casino Royale—Dyall was famous for reading horror stories on radio as the Man in Black.
Edward Fox (Lord Teddy Chilcott, "My Wildest Dream") is "M" in Never Say Never Again.
Leslie French (the butler in "Death of a Great Dane"; Rathbone in "You Have Just Been Murdered") was a Lavatory Attendant (yes, I'm afraid so!) in The Living Daylights, his last movie. He had earlier been a contender to play the first Doctor Who.
Hal Galili (bit part, "They Keep Killing Steed") was an American gangster in Goldfinger.
Eunice Gayson (Lucille Banks, "Quick-Quick Slow Death") was Bond's semi-steady girlfriend in Dr. No and From Russia With Love.
Michael Goodliffe (Professor Keller, "The House That Jack Built") had a very small role indeed, practically an extra, as the Chief of Staff in The Man With the Golden Gun; perhaps he had a larger scene that wound up being cut.
Willoughby Gray (Padley, "You'll Catch Your Death") is an insane Nazi scientist in A View to a Kill.
Richard Graydon (George Reed, "Honey for the Prince") did stunts on several of the early Bonds, playing Draco's driver in On Her Majesty's Secret Service for example, before eventually getting a credit on Octopussy as a circus act loon called Francisco the Fearless.
Fred Haggerty (Driver, "The Hour That Never Was") plays a Bulgarian assassin in From Russia With Love.
Arthur Howard (Mr. Groves, "The Springers") has a very small role as Hugo Drax's butler in Moonraker. He is the brother of Leslie Howard.
Alf Joint (Big Man, "A Touch of Brimstone") finds himself in a "shocking" situation in the teaser to Goldfinger.
Burt Kwouk (King Tenuphon, "Kill the King"; Mason, "Lobster Quadrille"; Tusamo, "The Cybernauts") was Mr. Ling, a Chinese agent, in Goldfinger, and briefly appears in Casino Royale. (He is best known for playing Cato in the Pink Panther series.)
John Le Mesurier (Dr. Macombie, "Mandrake"; Benson, What the Butler Saw) had an unbilled, split-second, wordless cameo in Casino Royale, immediately after the opening titles; he played John Huston's chauffeur and looked as bewildered as the audience were about to be.
Valerie Leon (Betty, "Whoever Shot Poor George Oblique Stroke XR40?") plays a hotel clerk in The Spy Who Loved Me and fishing fan in Never Say Never Again.
Marne Maitland (Becker, "Death's Door") is a gun manufacturer in The Man With the Golden Gun.
Richard Marner (Man on TV Screen, "The Thirteenth Hole") was the radio operator spouting pidgin Russian when the Russian spacecraft is kidnapped in You Only Live Twice.
Bryan Marshall (Phillipson, "Who Was That Man I Saw You With?") plays Captain Talbot in The Spy Who Loved Me.
Berkeley Mather (screenplay, "The Frighteners") also worked on the the screenplay for Dr. No.
John McLaren (Freedman, "Dead On Course") was an American Brigadier in Goldfinger.
Bill Nagy (Johnson, "The White Dwarf") is an American gangster killed in Goldfinger.
George Pastel (Arkadi, "Honey for the Prince") is a Train Conductor in From Russia With Love, although the Bond film credits spell it "Pastell."
Eric Pohlman (Mason, "A Chorus of Frogs") provides the voice for Blofeld in both From Russia With Love and Thunderball.
George Pravda (Marko Ogrin, "The Radioactive Man") played Dr. Kutze, the scientist who armed the nuclear bombs, in Thunderball.
Anna Quayle (Olga, "The Correct Way to Kill") plays Frau Hoffner, leader of a spy school, in Casino Royale.
Nadja Regin (Anna Danilov, "Girl on the Trapeze") appears briefly in From Russia With Love, and entertains Bond in the teaser to Goldfinger.
Robert Rietty (Carlo, "Conspiracy of Silence"; Dom Carlos, "Trap") provided the voice-over dubbing for Emilio Largo in Thunderball, Tiger Tanaka in You Only Live Twice, and two characters in Dr. No - Strangways and Police Superintendent Duff. He also appears onscreen as the Chef De Jeu in On Her Majesty's Secret Service and as the Italian Delegate in Never Say Never Again.
Joe Robinson (Max, "November Five") gets to tussle with Bond in a glass elevator in Diamonds Are Forever.
Jeanne Roland (Anna Wadkin, "Room Without a View") portrays the Captain of the Guards in Casino Royale.
Angela Scoular (Myra, "Super Secret Cypher Snatch") played Ruby Barlett, a Bond girl, in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, as well as Agent Buttercup in Casino Royale.
Anthony Sharp (Grant, "To Catch a Rat") was Lord Ambrose in Never Say Never Again.
Vladek Sheybal (Zarcardi, "Cat Amongst the Pigeons") was a villainous chess player/SPECTRE planner in From Russia With Love, and also appeared in Casino Royale as Le Chiffre's representative at the East German auction.
Yvonne Shima (Anna, "A Chorus of Frogs") plays Sister Lily, receptionist to Dr. No, in Dr. No.
Paul Stassino (Yakob Borb, "The Decapod") is both a NATO pilot and his fiendish double in Thunderball.
Gabor Vernon (Russian Doctor, "Dead Men Are Dangerous") plays a Russian curator in Octopussy.
Richard Vernon (Lord Matterley, "The Mauritius Penny") is Colonel Smithers, the gold expert, in Goldfinger.
James Villiers (Simon Trent, "Small Game for Big Hunters") played Chief of Staff Tanner in For Your Eyes Only, a role was caused by the death of Bernard Lee—one obituary of Villiers mentioned the actor's disappointment that he wasn't subsequently cast as M.
Richard Wattis (Clarke, "Killer") was in Casino Royale, as a British Officer who phones his wife to say he'll be home late, when the war games start.
Douglas Wilmer (Dr. Harold Lang, "The
Danger Makers") is art expert Jim Fanning in Octopussy.
And if you want to count that movie...
Sean Connery (Sir August de Wynter) starred as James Bond in seven films.
Nadim Sawalha (World Council of Ministers) is axed by Jaws in The Spy Who Loved Me and also appears
in The Living Daylights as the Tangier Police Chief.
By the way, the episode with the greatest number of 007 connections is "Room Without a View," having seven (three of them unbilled, no less).
Compiled by Pablo Alonso, Philippe Berthe, Mike Cheyne, Alan and Alys Hayes, Eli Mansour, Pete Stampede, Vince of Cornwall, Mike Vincitore, and Yours Truly.
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