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Bernard Lee (I) (1908–1981)


Best remembered as 'M' in the James Bond films, Bernard Lee was a popular character player in British films throughout the 1950s and 1960s. Born into a theatrical family, he made his stage debut at age six and later attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He first appeared on the West End stage in London in 1928, and continued to work in the ... See full bio »

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 1981 Dangerous Davies: The Last Detective (TV Movie)
Sergeant Ben
 1979 Moonraker
M
 1977-1978 The Foundation (TV Series)
Eddie Prince
- Conclusions (1978) ... Eddie Prince
- Paranoia (1978) ... Eddie Prince
- Tactics (1978) ... Eddie Prince
- Allies (1978) ... Eddie Prince
- Separation (1977) ... Eddie Prince
 1978 Sense of Place (TV Series)
Man
- Seawrack (1978) ... Man
 1976 Killers (TV Series)
Thomas Ley
- The Chalkpit Murder (1976) ... Thomas Ley
 1976 Warship (TV Series)
Yachtsman
- Knight Errant (1976) ... Yachtsman
 1975 Comedy Premiere (TV Series)
Wally Warner
- What a Turn Up (1975) ... Wally Warner
 1975 Against the Crowd (TV Series)
Beeley
- Murrain (1975) ... Beeley
 1975 Affairs of the Heart (TV Series)
Mr. Drury
- Kate (1975) ... Mr. Drury
 1974 Father Brown (TV Series)
John Raggley
- The Quick One (1974) ... John Raggley
 1974 It's Not the Size That Counts
Barraclough
 1973 Vienna 1900 (TV Mini-Series)
Herr Welponer
- Mother and Son (1973) ... Herr Welponer
 1973 Follyfoot (TV Series)
Woodman
- Walk in the Wood (1973) ... Woodman
 1973 Crime of Passion (TV Series)
Marcel Amiot
- Emile (1973) ... Marcel Amiot
 1973 Once Upon a Time (TV Series)
James Cable
- Silver (1973) ... James Cable
 1973 The Man Who Died Twice (TV Movie)
Francis Cumberland
 1972-1973 General Hospital (TV Series)
Harold Brophy
- Episode #1.24 (1973) ... Harold Brophy
- Episode #1.23 (1973) ... Harold Brophy
- Episode #1.22 (1972) ... Harold Brophy
- Episode #1.21 (1972) ... Harold Brophy
- Episode #1.20 (1972) ... Harold Brophy
 1972 The Pathfinders (TV Series)
Air Vice Marshal
- Codename Gomorrah (1972) ... Air Vice Marshal
 1971 Danger Point
Captain
 1971 The Persuaders! (TV Series)
Sam Milford
- Someone Like Me (1971) ... Sam Milford
 1971 Dulcima
Mr. Gaskain
 1971 Long Ago, Tomorrow
Uncle Bob
 1969 Crossplot
Chilmore
 1969 Strange Report (TV Series)
Arthur Pater
- Report 8319: Grenade - What Price Change? (1969) ... Arthur Pater
 1969 The Expert (TV Series)
Harry Kirby
- Post-Mortem on Harry Kirby (1969) ... Harry Kirby
 1969 The Champions (TV Series)
Squires
- The Body Snatchers (1969) ... Squires
 1969 Journey to the Unknown (TV Series)
Ben Loker
- Poor Butterfly (1969) ... Ben Loker
 1968 Journey to Midnight
Ben Loker (episode 'Poor Butterfly')
 1968 The Wednesday Play (TV Series)
Frank Lanton
- Nothing Will Be the Same (1968) ... Frank Lanton
 1968 City 68' (TV Series)
Baxter
- The System: Them Down There (1968) ... Baxter
 1968 The Jazz Age (TV Series)
Sir James
- Post Mortem (1968) ... Sir James
 1968 Public Eye (TV Series)
Detective Sergeant Davidson
- Mercury in an Off-White Mac (1968) ... Detective Sergeant Davidson
 1967 The Gamblers (TV Series)
Bob Townsend
- The Man Beneath (1967) ... Bob Townsend
 1967 Mogul (TV Series)
Bernard Hart
- Mr. Know-How (1967) ... Bernard Hart
 1967 Man in a Suitcase (TV Series)
Kershaw
- The Girl Who Never Was (1967) ... Kershaw
 1967 Half Hour Story (TV Series)
Frank Graham
- Friends (1967) ... Frank Graham
 1966 Court Martial (TV Series)
 1966 King of the River (TV Series)
Joss King
- Foreign Invasion (1966) ... Joss King
 1966 The Baron (TV Series)
Morgan Travis
- The Killing (1966) ... Morgan Travis
- Masquerade (1966) ... Morgan Travis
 1959-1966 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Daniel Whittaker
- The Night Before the Morning After (1966) ... Daniel Whittaker
- Nest of Four (1960)
- Cold Fury (1960)
 1965-1966 Secret Agent (TV Series)
Derringham / Lord Ammanford
- The Man with the Foot (1966) ... Derringham
- Whatever Happened to George Foster? (1965) ... Lord Ammanford
 1965 Thirty-Minute Theatre (TV Series)
The Man
- The Passenger (1965) ... The Man
 1965 Thunderball
'M'
 1965 Blackmail (TV Series)
Steve Bradwell
- Tricks of the Trade (1965) ... Steve Bradwell
 1965 Love Story (TV Series)
Henry Golden
- After Hours (1965) ... Henry Golden
 1965 The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders
Landlord (uncredited)
 1965 Thursday Theatre (TV Series)
Jim Cherry
- The Flowering Cherry (1965) ... Jim Cherry
 1964 The Human Jungle (TV Series)
Jim Garner
- Ring of Hate (1964) ... Jim Garner
 1964 Goldfinger
'M'
 1964 Who Was Maddox?
Superintendent Meredith
 1964 Saturday Night Out
George Hudson
 1964 Ring of Treason
Henry Houghton
 1964 Espionage (TV Series)
John Neary
- Snow on Mount Kama (1964) ... John Neary
 1963 A Place to Go
Matt Flint
 1963 The Third Man (TV Series)
Angus Meryick
- Portrait of Harry (1963) ... Angus Meryick
 1963 Two Left Feet
Mr. Crabbe
 1962 The L-Shaped Room
Charlie
 1962 Dr. No
M.
 1962 The Brain
Dr. Frank Shears
 1962 The Share Out
Supt. Meredith
 1961 The Interrogator (TV Movie)
Superintendent Farron
 1961 Whistle Down the Wind
Bostock
 1961 The Secret Partner
Det. Supt. Frank Hanbury
 1961 Fury at Smugglers' Bay
Black John
 1961 Clue of the Silver Key
Supt. Meredith
 1961 Partners in Crime
Inspector Mann
 1960 Trouble in the Sky
Capt. George Gort
 1960 The Angry Silence
Bert Connolly
 1960 Sink the Bismarck!
Firing Officer (uncredited)
 1960 Clue of the Twisted Candle
Supt. Meredith
 1959 Web of Evidence
Patrick Mathry
 1959 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Det. Insp. Lunt
- Family on Trial (1959) ... Det. Insp. Lunt
 1959 Breakout
Lt. Col. Huxley
 1958 Nowhere to Go
Victor Sloane, alias Lee Henderson
 1958 The Man Upstairs
Inspector Thompson
 1955-1958 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Cornelius / Prison Governor / William Lotless
- Cornelius (1958) ... Cornelius
- All Correct, Sir (1956) ... Prison Governor
- The Golden Fleece (1955) ... William Lotless
 1958 The Key
Cmdr. Wadlow
 1958 Dunkirk
Charles
 1957 High Flight
Flight Sergeant Harris
 1957 Across the Bridge
Chief Inspector Hadden
 1957 Fire Down Below
Doctor Sam
 1956 The Spanish Gardener
Leighton Bailey
 1956 Pursuit of the Graf Spee
Captain Dove - M.S. Africa Shell
 1956 Theatre Royal (TV Series)
Candleblow Smith
- The Stolen Pearl (1956) ... Candleblow Smith
 1955 Rheingold Theatre (TV Series)
Rudi Lankert
- A Borderline Case (1955) ... Rudi Lankert
 1955 PT Raiders
The Customs Officer
 1955 Out of the Clouds
Customs Officer
 1954 The Purple Plain
Dr. Harris
 1954 The Rainbow Jacket
Racketeer
 1953 Beat the Devil
Insp. Jack Clayton
 1953 Sailor of the King
Petty Officer 'Stokes' Wheatley
 1953 The Yellow Balloon
Constable Chapman
 1952 Glory at Sea
A.S. 'Stripey' Wood
 1952 Mr. Denning Drives North
Inspector Dodds
 1951 Island Rescue
Brigadier
 1951 Calling Bulldog Drummond
Col. Webson
 1951 White Corridors
Burgess
 1951 Fortune in Diamonds
O'Connell
 1950 Cage of Gold
Inspector Grey
 1950 Odette
Jack
 1950 Last Holiday
Inspector Wilton
 1950 Operation Disaster
Cmdr. Gates
 1948 Elizabeth of Ladymead
John Beresford in 1903
 1948 Quartet
Prison Visitor (segment "The Kite")
 1947 The Adventures of Dusty Bates
Captain Ford
 1947 Kathy's Love Affair
Colonel Gascoyne
 1946 This Man Is Mine
James Nicholls
 1943 The New Lot (Short)
Interviewing Officer (uncredited)
 1941 Once a Crook
Duke
 1940 Spare a Copper
Jake
 1940 To Hell with Hitler
Oscar
 1939 The Frozen Limits
Bill McGrew
 1939 Murder in the Night
Roy Barnes
 1938 Love from a Stranger (TV Movie)
Bruce Lovell
 1936 Rhodes
Cartwright
 1935 The River House Mystery
Wade Belloc
 1934 The Double Event
Dennison
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Stage: Appeared in David Storey's play, "The Farm", at the Royal Court Theatre in London, England, with Doreen Mantle, Frank Grimes, Patricia Healey and Prunella Gee in the cast. Lindsay Anderson was the director. See more »

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Height:

6' 1" (1.85 m)
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A portrait of him (in the character of "M") can be seen briefly in the background of the MI6 castle in the 007 film The World Is Not Enough (1999). See more »

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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