Canadian actor Cec Linder played Felix Leiter in Goldfinger. Originally intended to play Simmons, he switched roles with fellow Canadian actor Austin Willis. Linder replaced Jack Lord as Leiter, but appeared only once as the character, helping establish the tradition of wildly different actors playing Leiter with every appearance. In Linder's case, he was middle-aged, and a contrast to Lord's young, robust Leiter. When Leiter appeared again in Thunderball, another young actor played the part.