Michael Lonsdale dead: James Bond villain dies at age 89 at home in Paris


Actor Michael Lonsdale has died at the age of 89.He died at his Parisian home – confirmed his agent Olivier Loiseau, according to AFP.

Michael is famous for playing Hugo Drax in the 1979 James Bond film Moonraker opposite Roger Moore.

Lonsdale played out an industrial plan to poison all humans on Earth before repopulating the planet from his space station.

Actor Michael Lonsdale has died aged 89

When asked by the James Bond fan site, Mi6-HQ was worried about playing a Bond villain and if that would affect his career, he said, “Not at all! On the contrary! Because I’ve done so many movies that weren’t really that popular or didn’t make a lot of money, and I only made mediocre movies, so I thought I might like to be in a rich movie.

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

The Hollywood actor was also known as the 1973 Detective Claude Lebel spy film The Day of the Jackal and As. M. in The Remains of the Day.

He died at his Paris home, confirmed his agent Olivier Loiseau, according to AFP

In 2005 he appeared in Steven Spielberg’s historical drama in Munich.

During her career, the star has played more than 200 roles in film, theater and television in French and English.

In 2011, he won the César de France for best supporting role in 2011 for his role in “Des dieux et des hommes” by Xavier Beauvois.

His performance in “The Day of the Jackal” earned him a BAFTA nomination as a supporting actor.

In addition to an impressive on-screen career, he has also written a number of books – including Love will save the world and My Paths of Hope.


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