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Robert Rietti obituary

24 April 2015 9:05 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor best known for his voice, who dubbed in a number of James Bond films

As a film and television actor, Robert Rietti, who has died aged 92, was best known for his voice. Although he made occasional on-screen appearances, as in John Schlesinger’s Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971) and the ITV series The Avengers, his regular work came from dubbing the dialogue of actors whose command of English was limited or who could not make the final stages of recording a soundtrack.

After the actor Robert Shaw died in 1978, Rietti was called to dub his voice in parts of three movies for which Shaw had not completed the recording. After a diagnosis of cancer compelled the removal of Jack Hawkins’s larynx in 1966, Rietti provided the spoken words for some of his films. In Treasure Island (1972), he revoiced every word spoken by Orson Welles as Long John Silver.

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James Bond voice actor Robert Rietti dies, aged 92

19 April 2015 8:28 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Voice actor Robert Rietti has died, aged 92.

Rietti was known for lending his voice to James Bond villains when filmmakers wanted to re-record lines.

According to The Times, Rietti died on April 3.

Among the villains he dubbed were Emilio Largo (Adolfo Celi) in 1965's Thunderball and Ernst Stavro Blofeld (John Hollis) in 1981's For Your Eyes Only.

"In nearly every Bond picture, there's been a foreign villain, and in almost every case, they've used my voice," Rietti once said.

Throughout his career, he also voiced characters in The Guns of Navarone (1961), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964), Doctor Zhivago (1965), Barbarella (1968), Frenzy (1972), Murder on the Orient Express (1974) and Trail of the Pink Panther (1982). »

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