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‘Moonraker’ actor Michael Lonsdale dies aged 89

his agent has told AFP.” data-reactid=”23″>British-French actor Michael Lonsdale, best known for playing Hugo Drax in the 1979 James Bond film Moonraker, has died in Paris aged 89, his agent has told AFP.

he told James Bond fan site Mi6-HQ: “Not at all! On the contrary!” data-reactid=”38″>Lonsdale reprised the role of Drax for the 2016 video game 007 Legends. When asked whether he was concerned that playing a Bond villain might affect his career, he told James Bond fan site Mi6-HQ: “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 said: “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.”” data-reactid=”41″>Reflecting on his experience of making the film he said: “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.”

PARIS, FRANCE – DECEMBER 09: Actor Michael Lonsdale attends the tribute to “Jean Pierre Mocky 70 ans de Cinéma” at Les Deux Magots on December 09, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Foc Kan/WireImage)

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The official Twitter account for the estate of Sir Roger Moore, who played Bond opposite Lonsdale, expressed its condolences online.

Terribly saddened to learn Michael Lonsdale has also passed away today. As Hugo Drax he was a smooth-tongued and cultured adversary to 007 in Moonraker. pic.twitter.com/qoBbziZlZ9

— Sir Roger Moore (Legacy) (@sirrogermoore) September 21, 2020

telling GQ in 2012: “All the villains are great. Michael Lonsdale (Drax, in Moonraker) is a brilliant actor, sometimes you think that they’re too good for the movie.”” data-reactid=”56″>Moore had previously singled out Lonsdale for praise as a Bond villain, telling GQ in 2012: “All the villains are great. Michael Lonsdale (Drax, in Moonraker) is a brilliant actor, sometimes you think that they’re too good for the movie.”

This photo taken on July 6, 2011 shows French actor Michael Lonsdale posing during the Paris Cinema Festival in Paris. (FRED DUFOUR/AFP via Getty Images)

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Lonsdale was born in Paris to English and Irish-French parents, and initially raised in Guernsey, then later in Casablanca, Morocco. He later returned to live in Paris, making his stage debut aged 24. He made his film debut in 1956.