Smithers is a fictional laboratory assistant in the employ of the British Secret Intelligence Service's (SIS/MI6) research and development division, Q-Branch. A minor recurring character played by Jeremy Bulloch, he first appears in the 1981 James Bond film For Your Eyes Only and subsequently in 1983's Octopussy.

Film biography

He makes his first appearance in Q-Branch's London workshop during For Your Eyes Only. When James Bond arrives to use the Identigraph machine, Smithers and Q are in the middle of testing an arm cast, which flips out and crushes the head of an adjacent dummy. The character later reappears in a Q-Branch workshop in India during the events of Octopussy. He is seen testing a spiked doorway, cautiously pulling the knocker using a fishing line, which subsequently triggers the device and crushes a dummy.

Behind the scenes

In addition to his minor recurring role as Smithers, actor Jeremy Bulloch's first role in the 007 series was as an crewman aboard the HMS Ranger named Andrews in the 1977 film The Spy Who Loved Me. In a career spanning over half a century, the actor is most famous for his role as the bounty hunter Boba Fett in the Star Wars films The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi."[1] Additionally, he plays a minor role as an Imperial officer (later identified as Lieutenant Sheckil), who grabs Leia when she warns Luke Skywalker of Vader's trap in The Empire Strikes Back.[2]


  1. The Cult of Boba Fett: The 'Star Wars' Bounty Hunter's Spin-Off. The Daily Beast. (6 May 2014). Retrieved on 6 March 2016.
  2. Boba Fett on The Empire Strikes Back, That Crazy Suit, and the Star Wars Legacy. Vanity Fair (8 October 2010). Retrieved on 23 February 2016.