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Dent
Character information
Name(s): R. J. Dent
Age: Unknown
Died: 1962
Hair/eye color: Blue (Eyes), Brown (Hair)
Height/weight: 6'2" (Height), -- (Weight)
Nationality: British
Occupation: Professor, Geologist
Affiliation: Dr. Julius No
Status: Deceased, shot by James Bond
Behind the scenes
Role: Henchman
Portrayed By: Anthony Dawson
First Appearance: Dr. No (Film)
Last Appearance: Dr. No (Film)

Professor R. J. Dent is geologist working in Jamaica. James Bond discovers he works for Dr. Julius No and eventually kills him. He appears in the film Dr. No and is portrayed by Anthony Dawson .

Film BiographyEdit

Dent is seen playing cards with John Strangways and others.

When Bond arrives in Jamaica to investigate Strangways' disappearance, he questions Dent. Later, in Strangways' office Bond discovers a receipt from Dent's practice. He interviews Dent, who says he studied some rocks brought in by Strangways, but they were uninteresting and he threw them out. He also tells Bond that they were definitely not from the island of Crab Key.

Suspicious, Bond later tests Quarrel's boat for traces of radiation using the geiger counter he requested earlier. He notices that there are abnormally high levels of radiation where Strangways had loaded the rocks, which signals to Bond that Dent is a liar. At the same time, Dent meets on Crab Key with Dr. Julius No, who informs him that if Bond reaches the island he would be held responsible. He is given a tarantula to murder Bond.

During the night, Bond is awoken by the spider and narrowly escapes death. The next day in Taro's apartment, Bond waits for his would-be-assassin. Dent opens the door and shoots the decoy Bond arranged in the bed. Bond surprises him and has him drop his gun. As he clarifies some details, Dent slowly reaches for his pistol, eventually snatching it from the floor and pulling the trigger. He's out of bullets. Bond casually remarks "That's a Smith and Wesson. And you've had your six."

Bond coldly shoots him. As he lies on the floor, he shoots him again.

ControversyEdit

Dent Demise

"That's a Smith and Wesson. And you've had your six."

Dent's death scene was controversial because it showed James Bond killing a man in cold blood. Even though Ian Fleming had conceived the character as one who is authorized to commit such actions, in none of his novels is Bond shown acting in this manner. According to James Bond: The Legacy, the filmmakers needed a scene to illustrate the "licensed to kill" concept and in fact had originally filmed the scene to show Bond firing several more bullets into Dent, but ultimately removed all but the first two shots. Some televised broadcasts removed Bond's second shot.

TriviaEdit

  • Anthony Dawson met director Terence Young when he was working as a stage actor in London, but by the time of the film's shooting Dawson was working as a pilot and crop duster in Jamaica.

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