Bernard Lee

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Bernard Lee
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Name: Bernard Lee
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Born: January 10 1908
Died: January 16 1981
Gender: Male
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Occupation: Actor - M

Bernard Lee (10 January 1908 – 16 January 1981) was a British actor, best known for his role as M in the first eleven James Bond films.

Born in London, he attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. During the 1930s he acted mostly on stage, but after WWII developed a successful film career, including The Third Man (1949), Beat the Devil (1953), The Battle of the River Plate (1956), Dunkirk (1958) and Whistle Down the Wind (1961).

Lee also starred in the 1976 television show Beauty and the Beast with George C. Scott. A year later he starred in the television show A Christmas Carol as the Ghost of Christmas Present.

James Bond filmsEdit

In the Bond films, Lee's character, M, is Bond's boss who sends him out on assignments. Lee, was succeeded in the role by Robert Brown. Judi Dench, a friend of Lee's, would later take over the role of M starting in 1995.

In 1981, Lee passed away after a battle with cancer. Out of respect, no new actor was hired to take over the role of M in the 1981 James Bond film For Your Eyes Only. In the film, M's lines were transferred to the Minister of Defence and Bill Tanner, M's Chief of Staff.

Bernard Lee starred in eleven James Bond films.

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