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Bernard Lee is a Actor British born on 10 january 1908 at London (United-kingdom)

Bernard Lee

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Birth name John Bernard Lee
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 10 january 1908 at London (United-kingdom)
Death 16 january 1981 (at 73 years) at London (United-kingdom)

Bernard Lee, né le 10 janvier 1908 à Londres et mort le 16 janvier 1981 à la suite d'un cancer, est un acteur britannique.


Bernard Lee fit ses premiers pas sur scène à l'âge de six ans, au music-hall, dans un sketch aux côtés de son père. Puis, il travaille à Southampton, comme vendeur de fruits et légumes, avant de s'inscrire à la Royal Academy of Dramatics Arts.

En 1928, il débuta sur scène à Londres et effectua ensuite de nombreuses tournées théâtrales.

Il apparut au cinéma en 1935 dans The River House Mystery. Pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale, il se distingua dans la 8e armée.
Dès qu'il fut libéré de ses obligations militaires, il revint au théâtre et au cinéma.

Au cours d'une carrière prolifique, Bernard Lee, l'une des figures les plus en vue du cinéma britannique, a tenu de nombreux rôles militaires, de diplomates, de policiers et d'espions.

Il tourna, entre autres, dans Le Troisième Homme de Carol Reed (1949) et Plus fort que le diable de John Huston (1953). Pourtant, c'est son interprétation de M, dans 11 films de James Bond, qui marqua le plus les cinéphiles du monde entier.

Au contraire de M, personnage sévère et autoritaire, Bernard Lee est un homme joyeux et léger, qui aime la bonne bière, le jazz, le piano et la chanson.

À la fin des années 1970, la femme de Bernard Lee meurt dans l'incendie qui détruit leur maison d'Isleworth et Middlesex. Après cette tragédie, l'état de santé de l'acteur se dégrade et ne cesse d'empirer. Il est toutefois engagé pour jouer une nouvelle fois M, dans Rien que pour vos yeux. Mais incapable de jouer pour raisons de santé, son personnage n'apparaît pas dans ce film. Bernard Lee meurt avant la fin du tournage.

Il est le grand-père de Jonny Lee Miller, acteur britannique qui joua notamment dans Trainspotting et premier mari d'Angelina Jolie.

Best films

Moonraker (1979)
Live and Let Die (1973)
Goldfinger (1964)
Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
You Only Live Twice (1967)
From Russia with Love (1963)

Usually with

Lois Maxwell
Lois Maxwell
(14 films)
Harry Saltzman
Harry Saltzman
(10 films)
Basil Dearden
Basil Dearden
(9 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Bernard Lee (85 films)

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Moonraker (1979)
, 2h6
Directed by Lewis Gilbert, John Glen, Ernest Day
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Spy
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about children, Space adventure films, Spy films, Films about terrorism, Dans l'espace, Space opera, Eco-terrorism in fiction
Actors Roger Moore, Michael Lonsdale, Lois Chiles, Richard Kiel, Bernard Lee, Corinne Cléry
Roles M
Rating61% 3.099613.099613.099613.099613.09961
A Drax Industries Moonraker space shuttle on loan to the United Kingdom is hijacked in mid-air and MI6 operative, James Bond, agent 007, is assigned to investigate. En route to England in a small charter plane, Bond is attacked by the crew and pushed out of the plane by the mercenary assassin Jaws. He survives by stealing a parachute from the pilot, whilst Jaws lands on a circus tent.
The Spy Who Loved Me, 2h6
Directed by Lewis Gilbert, John Glen, Ernest Day
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Thriller, Action, Adventure, Spy
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about children, Spy films, Seafaring films, Politique, Sports films, Films about terrorism, Transport films, Underwater action films, Submarine films, Political films, Arme nucléaire
Actors Roger Moore, Barbara Bach, Curd Jürgens, Richard Kiel, Lois Maxwell, Desmond Llewelyn
Roles M
Rating69% 3.4983353.4983353.4983353.4983353.498335
British and Soviet ballistic-missile submarines mysteriously disappear. James Bond—MI6 agent 007—is summoned to investigate. On the way he escapes an ambush by Soviet agents in Austria, killing one during a downhill ski chase, and escaping via a Union Flag parachute. Bond learns that the plans for a highly advanced submarine tracking system are on the market in Egypt. There, he encounters Major Anya Amasova—KGB agent Triple X—his rival for the plans. They travel across Egypt together, tracking the microfilm plans, meeting Jaws—a tall assassin with steel teeth—along the way. Bond and Amasova later team up through a truce agreed by their respective superiors and identify the person responsible for the thefts as the shipping tycoon, scientist, and anarchist Karl Stromberg.
From Hong Kong with Love, 1h37
Directed by Yvan Chiffre
Origin France
Genres Comedy, Spy
Themes Spy films
Actors Gérard Rinaldi, Jean-Guy Fechner, Jean Sarrus, Gérard Filippelli, Clifton James, Mickey Rooney
Roles M
Rating41% 2.0652852.0652852.0652852.0652852.065285
La reine Élisabeth II est enlevée par un riche américain mégalomane (Mickey Rooney) : les services secrets britanniques demandent l'aide de leurs homologues français. Le SDECE confie alors l'affaire à quatre agents gaffeurs (les Charlots) et, pour cacher la disparition de la reine, font tenir le rôle de cette dernière par une femme de chambre qui se trouve être son sosie. L'enquête se poursuit jusqu'à Hong Kong...
Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell, 1h39
Directed by Terence Fisher
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Science fiction, Fantastic, Horror
Themes Films about computing, Films based on science fiction novels, Frankenstein films, Cyberpunk films
Actors Peter Cushing, David Prowse, Shane Briant, Madeline Smith, John Stratton, Patrick Troughton
Roles Tarmut
Rating62% 3.148593.148593.148593.148593.14859
Baron Victor Frankenstein (Cushing) is housed at an insane asylum where he has been made a surgeon at the asylum, and has a number of privileges, as he holds secret information on Adolf Klauss, the asylum's corrupt and perverted director (John Stratton). The Baron, under the alias of Dr. Carl Victor, uses his position to continue his experiments in the creation of man.
The Man with the Golden Gun, 2h5
Directed by Guy Hamilton
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Thriller, Action, Adventure, Spy
Themes Films about children, Spy films, Films about terrorism
Actors Roger Moore, Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland, Maud Adams, Hervé Villechaize, James Cossins
Roles M
Rating66% 3.3474253.3474253.3474253.3474253.347425
In London, a golden bullet with James Bond's code "007" etched into its surface is received by MI6. It is believed that it was sent by famed assassin Francisco Scaramanga, who uses a golden gun, to intimidate the agent. Because of the perceived threat to the agent's life, M relieves Bond of a mission revolving around the work of a scientist named Gibson, thought to be in possession of information crucial to solving the energy crisis with solar power. Bond sets out unofficially to find Scaramanga.
Percy's Progress
Directed by Ralph Thomas
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films
Actors Leigh Lawson, Elke Sommer, Judy Geeson, Denholm Elliott, Adrienne Posta, Anthony Andrews
Roles Barraclough
Rating38% 1.903681.903681.903681.903681.90368
Percy is well known in England as the man with the world's first penis transplant, and is exceptionally well endowed. His rampant conquests of married women cause him to escape incarceration by local authorities.
Live and Let Die, 2h2
Directed by Guy Hamilton
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Thriller, Action, Adventure, Spy
Themes Films about children, Spy films, Medical-themed films, Seafaring films, Monde imaginaire, Films about drugs, Films about terrorism, Transport films
Actors Roger Moore, Yaphet Kotto, Jane Seymour, David Hedison, Geoffrey Holder, Bernard Lee
Roles M
Rating66% 3.348263.348263.348263.348263.34826
Three MI6 agents, including one "on loan" to the American government, are killed under mysterious circumstances within 24 hours of each other in the United Nations, New Orleans and a small Caribbean island, San Monique, respectively, while monitoring the operations of Dr. Kananga, the island's dictator. James Bond, agent 007, is sent to New York City to investigate the first murder. Kananga is also in New York, visiting the United Nations. Just after Bond arrives, his driver is shot dead by Whisper, one of Kananga's men, while taking Bond to meet Felix Leiter of the CIA. Bond is nearly killed in the ensuing car crash.
Diamonds Are Forever, 2h
Directed by Guy Hamilton
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Spy
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about children, Space adventure films, Spy films, Films about terrorism, Transport films, Satellite
Actors Sean Connery, Jill St John, Charles Gray, Lana Wood, Jimmy Dean, Bernard Lee
Roles M
Rating64% 3.249043.249043.249043.249043.24904
James Bond—agent 007—pursues Ernst Stavro Blofeld and eventually finds him at a facility where Blofeld look-alikes are being created through surgery. Bond kills a test subject, and later the "real" Blofeld, by drowning him in a pool of superheated mud.
The Raging Moon, 1h50
Directed by Bryan Forbes
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Films about disabilities
Actors Malcolm McDowell, Nanette Newman, Georgia Brown, Barry Jackson, Bernard Lee, Gerald Sim
Roles Uncle Bob
Rating68% 3.4373153.4373153.4373153.4373153.437315
Bruce Pritchard (Malcolm McDowell) is a 24-year-old working-class man and amateur soccer player with a passion for life. All this changes when he suddenly finds himself struck down by an incurable degenerative disease and confined for the rest of his life to a wheelchair. He makes a self-imposed exile to a church-run home for the disabled, believing that it is best for his immediate family to forget about him the way he is now. His bitterness at his fate and his dislike of the rules and regulations of the place only serve to make him more withdrawn and angry at his enforced imprisonment.
On Her Majesty's Secret Service, 2h16
Directed by Peter Hunt
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Spy, Romance
Themes Films about children, Spy films, Christmas films, Sports films, Films about terrorism
Actors George Lazenby, Diana Rigg, Telly Savalas, Bernard Lee, Gabriele Ferzetti, Lois Maxwell
Roles M
Rating66% 3.3490553.3490553.3490553.3490553.349055
In Portugal, James Bond – agent 007, sometimes referred to simply as '007' – saves a woman on the beach from committing suicide by drowning, and later meets her again in a casino. The woman, Contessa Teresa "Tracy" di Vicenzo, invites Bond to her hotel room to thank him. The next morning, Bond is kidnapped by several men while leaving the hotel, who take him to meet Marc-Ange Draco, the head of the European crime syndicate Unione Corse. Draco reveals that Tracy is his only daughter and tells Bond of her troubled past, offering Bond a personal dowry of one million pounds if he will marry her. Bond refuses, but agrees to continue romancing Tracy under the agreement that Draco reveals the whereabouts of Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the head of SPECTRE.
Crossplot (1969)
, 1h36
Directed by Alvin Rakoff
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Thriller, Action
Actors Roger Moore, Claudie Lange, Alexis Kanner, Martha Hyer, Bernard Lee, Derek Francis
Roles Chilmore
Rating54% 2.705842.705842.705842.705842.70584
Roger Moore is Gary Fenn, a talent scout for a London modeling agency who finds the perfect target and calculates the events which mean that only one girl will be good enough for his bosses, a Hungarian Marla Kugash (Lange). He finds her among the anti-war movement in the bohemian depths of swinging London. She is in the company of a young man, Tarquin, who is extremely protective of her and overtly aggressive to Fenn.
You Only Live Twice, 1h57
Directed by Lewis Gilbert, Peter Hunt
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Thriller, Action, Adventure, Spy
Themes Films about children, Space adventure films, Spy films, Seafaring films, Sports films, Films about terrorism, Transport films, Volcanisme, Martial arts films, Political films
Actors Sean Connery, Tetsurō Tanba, Mie Hama, Donald Pleasence, Akiko Wakabayashi, Bernard Lee
Roles M
Rating67% 3.397943.397943.397943.397943.39794
An American NASA spacecraft is hijacked from orbit by another, unidentified spacecraft. The U.S. suspect it to be the Soviets, but the British suspect Japanese involvement since the spacecraft landed in the Sea of Japan. To investigate, MI6 operative James Bond—agent 007—is sent to Tokyo after faking his own death in Hong Kong and being buried at sea from HMS Tenby (F65).
Operation Kid Brother, 1h50
Directed by Alberto De Martino
Origin Italie
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Action
Themes Spy films, Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Neil Connery, Lois Maxwell, Bernard Lee, Agata Flori, Adolfo Celi, Daniela Bianchi
Roles Commander Cunningham
Rating35% 1.7693451.7693451.7693451.7693451.769345
When a fellow agent is murdered, secret agent Miss Maxwell (Lois Maxwell) is sent to find the murdered agent's girlfriend, Miss Yashuko (Yashuko Yama), who is in possession of valuable information. Maxwell discovers that Yashuko is in the care of Dr. Neil Connery, a cosmetic surgeon, hypnotist, and the brother of another important agent; Connery then takes Maxwell into custody as well. Yashuko is kidnapped from a medical conference in Monte Carlo by Maya Rafis (Daniela Bianchi), as part of a plot by Mr. Thayer (Adolfo Celi), code name Beta, of the terrorist organization THANATOS. The Secret Service's Commander Cunningham (Bernard Lee) assigns Connery to find Miss Yashuko.