Franco was a fictional intelligence operative and gondolier who assisted James Bond in Venice, Italy. The minor ally appeared in EON Productions' 1979 film Moonraker, was portrayed by French actor Claude Carliez.

Film biography

The character assisted Bond upon his arrival in Venice and served as gondolier of a convertible Gondola Hovercraft developed by Q Branch. He takes 007 to the Piazza San Marco (St Mark's Square), as the spy investigates billionaire Hugo Drax and his mysterious operations at Venini Glass. Afterwards, he collects Bond and they journey down the Venetian canals. They are intercepted by an ominous funeral gondola travelling toward them. An assassin emerges from the coffin and hurls a throwing knife at Franco as he pays his respects - piercing his chest and presumably killing him instantly.

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