Bernard Lee

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An English actor whose screen career spanned more than 100 roles on film and television over nearly five decades, Bernard Lee was best remembered for his recurring appearances as 'M," the no-nonsense head of the British ... Read more »
Born: 01/10/1908 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (45)

The Fallen Idol 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Moonraker 1979 (Movie)

M (Actor)

Beauty and the Beast 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Spy Who Loved Me 1977 (Movie)

M (Actor)

Vienna 1900: Games With Love and Death 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The Man With the Golden Gun 1974 (Movie)

M (Actor)

Live and Let Die 1973 (Movie)

M (Actor)

Diamonds Are Forever 1971 (Movie)

M (Actor)

Dulcima 1970 (Movie)

Mr Gaskain (Actor)

On Her Majesty's Secret Service 1969 (Movie)

M (Actor)

The Raging Moon 1969 (Movie)

Uncle Bob (Actor)

Clue of the Twisted Candle 1968 (Movie)

Superintendent Meredith (Actor)

You Only Live Twice 1967 (Movie)

M (Actor)

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold 1965 (Movie)

Patmore (Actor)

Thunderball 1965 (Movie)

M (Actor)

From Russia With Love 1964 (Movie)

M (Actor)

Goldfinger 1964 (Movie)

M (Actor)

Vengeance 1964 (Movie)

Frank Shears (Actor)

Dr. No 1963 (Movie)

M (Actor)

The L-Shaped Room 1963 (Movie)

Charlie (Actor)

Whistle Down the Wind 1961 (Movie)

Mr Bostock (Actor)

Kidnapped 1960 (Movie)

Captain Hoseason (Actor)

The Angry Silence 1959 (Movie)

Bert Connolly (Actor)

Danger Within 1958 (Movie)

Lt Col Huxley (Actor)

Dunkirk 1958 (Movie)

Charles Foreman (Actor)

Nowhere to Go 1958 (Movie)

Vic Sloane (Actor)

The Key 1958 (Movie)

Wadlow (Actor)

The Man Upstairs 1958 (Movie)

Inspector (Actor)

Across the Bridge 1957 (Movie)

Inspector Hadden (Actor)

Fire Down Below 1957 (Movie)

Doctor Sam (Actor)

High Flight 1957 (Movie)

Flight Sergeant Harris (Actor)

The Pursuit of the Graf Spee 1956 (Movie)

Capt Patrick Dove, (Actor)

The Purple Plain 1955 (Movie)

Dr Harris (Actor)

The Ship That Died of Shame 1955 (Movie)

Customs Officer (Actor)

The Spanish Gardener 1955 (Movie)

Leighton Bailey (Actor)

Crest of the Wave 1954 (Movie)

Lofty Turner (Actor)

Father Brown 1954 (Movie)

Inspector Valentine (Actor)

Beat the Devil 1953 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Third Man 1950 (Movie)

Sergeant Paine (Actor)

Deadwood Pass (Movie)

(Actor)

Morning Departure (Movie)

Commander Gates (Actor)

The Blue Lamp (Movie)

Inspector Cherry (Actor)

The Man Who Died Twice (TV Show)

Actor

This Man Is Mine (Movie)

James Nicholls (Actor)

Biography

An English actor whose screen career spanned more than 100 roles on film and television over nearly five decades, Bernard Lee was best remembered for his recurring appearances as 'M," the no-nonsense head of the British Secret Service in the first 11 James Bond films. The son of a music hall performer, Lee trained with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art prior to launching a prolific stage career in London's West End. Early film roles usually saw him cast as either a policeman or military officer in such features as "The Third Man" (1949) and "Seagulls over Sorrento" (1954), but it was with a relatively minor appearance as Bond's superior in "Dr. No" (1962) that indelibly linked him to Ian Fleming's legacy. For most of the two decades that followed, Lee steadily took on roles in projects like "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold" (1965), but increasingly it appeared as though audiences and producers alike only saw him as the authoritarian MI6 chief. Two years after appearing as M for the final time in "Moonraker" (1979), Lee succumbed to cancer. Although he was eventually replaced in the role, for the majority of die hard Bond fans, Bernard Lee would always be considered the one true personification of the man known as M.

Relationships

Father

Jonny Lee Miller Actor

Grandson

EDUCATION

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London, England

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