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Desmond Llewelyn (1914–1999)

Desmond Llewelyn was born in South Wales in 1914, the son of a coal mining engineer. In high school, he worked as a stagehand in the school's productions and then picked up sporadic small parts. His family would not give up their effort to prevent him from a life on stage, so an uncle who was a high ranking police officer arranged for Llewelyn to ... See full bio »

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 1999 Die Millennium-Katastrophe - Computer-Crash 2000 (TV Movie)
Peregrin Morley
 1999 License to Thrill (Short)
 1997 Taboo (Short)
 1995 GoldenEye
 1993 Merlin
Professor Mycroft
 1988 Prisoner of Rio
Commissioner Ingram
 1983 Octopussy
 1981 The Life and Times of David Lloyd George (TV Series)
Lord Lansdowne
- No. 10 (1981) ... Lord Lansdowne (as Desmond Llewellyn)
 1979-1980 BBC2 Playhouse (TV Series)
Papa / Major Bill Whittall
- The Happy Autumn Fields (1980) ... Papa
- Speed King (1979) ... Major Bill Whittall
 1979 Moonraker
 1979 Hazell (TV Series)
- Hazell and the Suffolk Ghost (1979) ... Bell
 1978 Lillie (TV Mini-Series)
Lord Dudley
- The Jersey Lily (1978) ... Lord Dudley
 1978 Wilde Alliance (TV Series)
Colonel Thripp
- Well Enough Alone (1978) ... Colonel Thripp
 1977 Eustace and Hilda (TV Series)
Sir John Staveley
- The Sixth Heaven (1977) ... Sir John Staveley
 1976 The Onedin Line (TV Series)
- Loss of the Helen May (1976) ... President
 1976 Wodehouse Playhouse (TV Series)
Rev. Sidney Gooch
- Anselm Gets His Chance (1976) ... Rev. Sidney Gooch
 1975 Man in the Zoo (TV Movie)
 1974 The Pallisers (TV Mini-Series)
- Part Twenty-three (1974) ... Speaker
 1974 The Nine Tailors (TV Mini-Series)
Sir Charles Thorpe
- Episode #1.1 (1974) ... Sir Charles Thorpe
 1973 Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (TV Series)
Air Commodore Drew
- The R.A.F. Reunion (1973) ... Air Commodore Drew
 1971-1973 Follyfoot (TV Series)
The Colonel
- Hazel (1973) ... The Colonel
- The Helping Hand (1973) ... The Colonel (credit only)
- Uncle Joe (1973) ... The Colonel
 1971 Softly Softly: Task Force (TV Series)
- Something Big (1971) ... Somers
 1971 Doomwatch (TV Series)
- Flight Into Yesterday (1971) ... Thompson
 1970 Codename (TV Series)
- A Walk with the Lions (1970) ... Barrett
 1968 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
 1960-1968 Dixon of Dock Green (TV Series)
Dr. Pearce / Bank Manager / Det. Insp. Jones
- The Man (1968) ... Dr. Pearce
- The Commander (1968) ... Bank Manager
- Everything Goes in Threes (1960) ... Det. Insp. Jones
 1968 City '68 (TV Series)
- Where Did You Get That Hat? (1968) ... Headmaster
 1968 Virgin of the Secret Service (TV Series)
Count Kolinsky
- Russian Roundabout (1968) ... Count Kolinsky
 1967 Mickey Dunne (TV Series)
Lord Boutard
- The Hon. Bird (1967) ... Lord Boutard
 1967 Welcome to Japan, Mr. Bond (TV Movie)
 1961-1967 Emergency-Ward 10 (TV Series)
Fergus de la Roux / Constable
- Old Ben in the Belfry (1967) ... Constable
 1965 Thunderball
 1965 Moulded in Earth (TV Series)
- Family Conference (1965) ... Squire
 1965 The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders
Jailer (uncredited)
 1965 Secret Agent (TV Series)
Charles - Doorman
- The Ubiquitous Mr. Lovegrove (1965) ... Charles - Doorman
 1964 The Sullavan Brothers (TV Series)
Colonel Barlow
- A Plea of Provocation (1964) ... Colonel Barlow
 1964 Goldfinger
 1964 The Indian Tales of Rudyard Kipling (TV Series)
Member of Council
- A Germ Destroyer (1964) ... Member of Council
 1964 The Plane Makers (TV Series)
John Webb
- A Job for the Major (1964) ... John Webb
 1963 Silent Playground
Dr. Green
 1959-1963 No Hiding Place (TV Series)
Murgatroyd / Supt. Hitchcock
- Always a Copper (1963) ... Murgatroyd
- Stranger in the Parlour (1959) ... Supt. Hitchcock
 1963 Suspense (TV Series)
Company Spokesman / Ian MacDonald / President of the Court
- The Rescuers (1963) ... Company Spokesman
- The Dogs of Durga Das (1963) ... Ian MacDonald
- The Uncertain Witness (1963) ... President of the Court
 1963 Cleopatra
Senator (uncredited)
 1962 Probation Officer (TV Series)
Mr. Forbes
- Episode #4.18 (1962) ... Mr. Forbes
 1962 The Pirates of Blood River
Tom Blackthorne (uncredited)
 1962 The Second Mrs. Tanqueray (TV Movie)
Frank Misquith, QC, MP
 1962 Only Two Can Play
Clergyman on Bus (uncredited)
 1961 Stryker of the Yard (TV Series)
 1961 The Curse of the Werewolf
1st Footman (uncredited)
 1961 The House Under the Water (TV Mini-Series)
Colonel Tregaron
- Episode #1.1 (1961) ... Colonel Tregaron
 1960 Sword of Sherwood Forest
Wounded Fugitive (uncredited)
 1960 Garry Halliday (TV Series)
- A Message from a Stranger (1960) ... Psychiatrist
 1960 Saturday Playhouse (TV Series)
Sergeant Harris
- Home and the Heart (1960) ... Sergeant Harris
 1960 How Green Was My Valley (TV Mini-Series)
Mr. Evans
 1959 Private Investigator (TV Series)
Police Constable Jones
- The Battle for Diana (1959) ... Police Constable Jones (as Desmond Llewellyn)
 1959 Call Me Sam (TV Series)
- Episode #1.5 (1959)
 1959 The Invisible Man (TV Series)
Detective Sergeant
- Blind Justice (1959) ... Detective Sergeant
 1959 Sapphire
Police Constable (uncredited)
 1959 A Farthing Damages (TV Movie)
 1959 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
John Redmond
- Parnell (1959) ... John Redmond
 1959 Barbed Wire and Bracken (TV Movie)
The Rector
 1958 Corridors of Blood
Assistant at Operations (uncredited)
 1958 Further Up the Creek
Chief Yeoman (uncredited)
 1958 Queen's Champion (TV Mini-Series)
Lord Bretherton
- The Edge of Defeat (1958) ... Lord Bretherton
- The Eve of the Armada (1958) ... Lord Bretherton
 1958 The Sky Larks (TV Series)
Police Sgt. Ryan
- Touch of the Irish (1958) ... Police Sgt. Ryan
 1958 A Night to Remember
Seaman at Steerage Gate (uncredited)
 1958 The Adventures of Robin Hood (TV Series)
Two Fingers
- Little Mother (1958) ... Two Fingers
 1957 Boyd Q.C. (TV Series)
- The Open and Shut Case (1957) ... McCracken
 1957 The Soldier and the Gentlewoman (TV Movie)
Philip Vaughan
 1955 The Leakage (TV Movie)
Wing-Commander Stone
 1955 Spider's Web (TV Movie)
Constable Jones
 1954 Patrol Car (TV Series)
 1954 The Gentle Falcon (TV Series)
Thomas Mowbray, Duke of Norfolk
- A Strange Tournament (1954) ... Thomas Mowbray, Duke of Norfolk
 1954 Tyrant's Tower (TV Movie)
2nd Surveyor
 1953 Knights of the Round Table
A Herald (uncredited)
 1953 Operation Diplomat
Police Constable at barrier (uncredited)
 1953 Valley of Song
Lloyd - Schoolmaster
 1953 Both Sides of the Law
Police Constable (uncredited)
 1953 Bunty Wins a Pup (Short)
Mr. Brown
 1952 Huckleberry Finn (TV Series)
Harvey Wilks
- The Auction (1952) ... Harvey Wilks
 1952 The Locked Room (TV Movie)
Stephen Amesbury
 1952 The Twelfth Brother (TV Short)
 1952 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
- The Wanderer (1952) ... Pandimiglio
 1951 The Lavender Hill Mob
Customs Officer (uncredited)
 1950 They Were Not Divided
'77 Jones
 1950 Guilt Is My Shadow
Pub customer
 1949 The Amazing Mr. Beecham
First guardsman (uncredited)
 1949 Adam and Evalyn
Undetermined Supporting Role (uncredited)
 1949 The Good Companions (TV Movie)
Policeman at Ribsden / Mr. Gooch
 1948 Hamlet
Extra (uncredited)
 1948 A Comedy of Good and Evil (TV Movie)
Owain Flatfish
 1947 Saloon Bar (TV Movie)
Peter / Police Constable
 1947 Captain Boycott
Gentleman on Train (uncredited)
 1946 The Murder Rap (TV Movie)
Inspector Fearon
 1946 As You Like It (TV Movie)
 1939 Ask a Policeman
Headless Coachman (uncredited)
 1939 Campbell of Kilmhor (TV Movie)
Captain Sandeman
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I am hopeless with gadgets. I can't even get a ticket to work in one of those confounded machines on the London Underground. And I can hardly put on a kettle, let alone set a video. See more »


Llewelyn was not the first choice for the role of "Q." Actor Peter Burton played the role of Major Boothroyd (later known as "Q"), in Dr. No (1962), the first in the '007' series. Burton was unavailable when the second movie From Russia with Love (1963) was filmed. The part went instead to Llewelyn and remained his for 16 more productions until his death in 1999. Llewelyn did not play "Q" was in ... See more »

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