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Number Five is a prominent SPECTRE operative and board member from the 1965 James Bond film Thunderball. He was played by Philip Stone.

Film biography

Number Ten is present at the SPECTRE cabinet meeting in Paris and was the third to give his report to the Board and Blofeld. His report notes that the criminal organization earned £250,000 as a consultation fee for the Great Train Robbery of 1963.

Behind the scenes

A timely reference to the recent British Train Robbery was inserted into the script at the last minute. The £2.6 million train robbery (the equivalent of £41 million today) was committed on Thursday 8th August 1963 at Bridego Railway Bridge, Ledburn near Mentmore in Buckinghamshire, England. The bulk of the stolen money was not recovered. Three robbers were never found, two convicted robbers escaped. One convicted was most likely never involved, and died in prison. Though there were no firearms involved, the standard judgment was 30 years.

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