BREAKING: James Bond villain Michael Lonsdale dies aged 89

Anglo-French actor Michael Lonsdale, who played the villain opposite Roger Moore’s James Bond in the 1979 film Moonraker, has died at the age of 89.

His agent Oliver Loiseau confirmed he passed away in his home in Paris.

When quizzed by James Bond fan site Mi6-HQ if ever worried about playing a Bond villian and if it would affect his career, he said: “Not at all! On the contrary! Because, I made so many films that were not really very popular or didn’t make much money, and I only made poor films, so I thought I might like to be in a rich film.”

He added: “It was a great experience to make a very popular film. Everybody was so kind. Roger Moore, Lois Chiles and Richard Kiel were all wonderful. There was a beautiful understanding between the actors, and so I was very happy to do that.”


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