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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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 1979 Moonraker
 1974 It's Not the Size That Counts
 1971 Danger Point
 1971 Dulcima
Mr. Gaskain
 1971 Long Ago, Tomorrow
Uncle Bob
 1969 Crossplot
 1968 Journey to Midnight
Ben Loker (episode 'Poor Butterfly')
 1965 Thunderball
 1965 The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders
Landlord (uncredited)
 1965 Two Left Feet
Mr. Crabbe
 1964 Goldfinger
 1964 Who Was Maddox?
Superintendent Meredith
 1964 Saturday Night Out
George Hudson
 1964 Ring of Treason
Henry Houghton
 1963 A Place to Go
Matt Flint
 1962 The L-Shaped Room
 1962 The Brain
Dr. Frank Shears
 1962 Dr. No
 1962 The Share Out
Supt. Meredith
 1961 Whistle Down the Wind
 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 Breakout
Lt. Col. Huxley
 1958 Nowhere to Go
Victor Sloane, alias Lee Henderson
 1958 The Man Upstairs
The Inspector
 1958 The Key
Cmdr. Wadlow
 1958 Dunkirk
Charles Foreman
 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
 1955 PT Raiders
Sam Brewster,The Customs Officer
 1955 Out of the Clouds
Customs Officer
 1954 The Purple Plain
Dr. Harris
 1954 The Rainbow Jacket
Racketeer (uncredited)
 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
 1951 Mr. Denning Drives North
Inspector Dodds
 1951 Island Rescue
 1951 Calling Bulldog Drummond
Col. Webson
 1951 White Corridors
 1951 Fortune in Diamonds
 1950 Cage of Gold
Inspector Grey
 1950 Odette
 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
 1941 Once a Crook
 1940 Spare a Copper
 1940 To Hell with Hitler
 1939 The Frozen Limits
Bill McGrew
 1939 Murder in the Night
Roy Barnes
 1936 Rhodes
 1935 The River House Mystery
Wade Belloc
 1934 The Double Event
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Stage: Appeared in "Tavern in the Town", at the Embassy Theatre in London, England, with Margaret Rutherford, Max Adrian and Esma Cannon in the cast. See more »

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He worked with Christopher Lee in Pursuit of the Graf Spee (1956), Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965) and The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) while his grandson Jonny Lee Miller worked with him in Dark Shadows (2012). See more »

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