Michael Lonsdale: James Bond star who played villainous Hugo Drax in Moonraker dies | Ents & Arts News


Michael Lonsdale, best known for his role as James Bond villain Hugo Drax, has died at the age of 89.

He has worked with some of the world’s greatest directors in an acting career that spanned 60 years.

From his role in the 1979 Bond film Moonraker, to that of a French monk in Algeria in the 2011 film Of Gods and Men, Lonsdale has played under Orson Welles, Steven Spielberg, François Truffaut and Louis Trunk.

Child of a French mother and a British father, he has directed more than 100 films and has performed on stage.

The actor has never married and has no children

His last performance was in a short film last year for the Paris Opera, Degas et Moi (Degas et moi).

Lonsdale passed away peacefully in his old-age Paris home, his 20-year-old agent Olivier Loiseau told The Associated Press.

“It was kind of planned… He was tired. His mind was alive but his body was tired, ”he said.

The French daily Le Parisien quoted him as saying in an interview in 2016 that he was not afraid of dying: “I am giving myself a reason. It’s life”.

Lonsdale never married and did not have children.


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