Desmond Llewelyn

Actor
He professed to have no mechanical ability in real life and hated the involved scientific dialogue he was required to deliver, but beloved Welsh character actor Desmond Llewelyn was recognized worldwide as the prime ... Read more »
Born: 09/11/1914 in United Kingdom

Filmography

Actor (21)

The World Is Not Enough 1999 (Movie)

Q (Actor)

Tomorrow Never Dies 1997 (Movie)

Q (Actor)

Goldeneye 1995 (Movie)

Q (Actor)

Merlin 1991 (Movie)

Professor Mycroft (Actor)

Licence to Kill 1989 (Movie)

Q (Actor)

Prisoner of Rio 1988 (Movie)

Police Commissioner (Actor)

The Living Daylights 1987 (Movie)

Q (Actor)

A View to a Kill 1985 (Movie)

Q (Actor)

Octopussy 1983 (Movie)

Q (Actor)

For Your Eyes Only 1981 (Movie)

Q (Actor)

Moonraker 1979 (Movie)

Q (Actor)

The Golden Lady 1978 (Movie)

Professor Nixon (Actor)

The Spy Who Loved Me 1977 (Movie)

Q (Actor)

The Man With the Golden Gun 1974 (Movie)

Q (Actor)

Diamonds Are Forever 1971 (Movie)

Q (Actor)

On Her Majesty's Secret Service 1969 (Movie)

Q (Actor)

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 1968 (Movie)

Coggins (Actor)

You Only Live Twice 1967 (Movie)

Q (Actor)

Thunderball 1965 (Movie)

Q (Actor)

The Pirates of Blood River 1960 (Movie)

Blackthorne (Actor)

Sword of Sherwood Forest 1959 (Movie)

Wounded Traveler (Actor)

Biography

He professed to have no mechanical ability in real life and hated the involved scientific dialogue he was required to deliver, but beloved Welsh character actor Desmond Llewelyn was recognized worldwide as the prime gadget master of spy cinema. He was a face in the crowd before being cast in the second James Bond thriller, "From Russia with Love" (1963) as the MI6 quartermaster later known as "Q." Proud of his ingenious and deadly creations and appalled by Bond's frequent destruction of Crown property, Q quickly became a favorite of fans who looked forward to his inevitable appearance in each installment. The character's importance to the 007 formula became apparent early on to series' producer Albert R. Broccoli, resulting in Llewelyn appearing in 18 of the 19 subsequent Bond outings. Although he rarely set foot outside the lab, Q invariably played a key role in the success of 007's missions and Llewelyn's unforced likeability more than compensated for the fact that he spent his time inventing ways to kill people. "The World is Not Enough" (1999) established that the character would soon be leaving the series, something that sadly happened for certain when Llewelyn was killed in a car accident shortly after that entry's release. Although other actors took over Q's duties, none matched the degree of personality and charm that Llewelyn brought to a part he truly made his own.

Relationships

Pamela Llewelyn

Wife
survived him

Ivor Llewelyn

Son
born c. 1949

Justin Llewelyn

Son
born c, 1954

Milestones

1964

Introduced the character of Q in the James Bond films in "Goldfinger"

1950

Early film credit, "They Were Not Divided"

1946

Early TV appearance in British production of "A Midsummer's Night Dream"

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