Desmond Llewelyn

  Male      Welsh      Actor

  Born : Sep 12, 1914  -
  Died : Dec 19, 1999

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Desmond Wilkinson Llewelyn (12 September 1914 – 19 December 1999) was a Welsh actor. He played Q in 17 of the James Bond films between 1963 and 1999.

Llewelyn was born in Newport, Wales, the son of Mia (née Wilkinson) and Ivor Llewelyn. who was a coal mining engineer. He originally wanted to be a minister, but during his education at Radley College, he worked as a stagehand in the school's productions and occasionally picked up small roles. His son Justin followed him to Radley, and was also a leading light of the school's stage productions.

He was brought up in Blaen-y-Pant House situated on Bettws Lane, Bettws. The house is now used as a care home for the elderly.

The outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939 halted his acting career; Llewelyn was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the British Army, serving with the Royal Welch Fusiliers. In 1940, he was captured by the German Army in France, and was held as a prisoner of war in Colditz Castle for five years.

Llewelyn was chosen for the role of Q because of his work with director Terence Young in the 1950 war film They Were Not Divided, in which he played a tank gunner. Beginning with From Russia with Love in 1963, Llewelyn appeared as Q, the quartermaster of the MI6 gadget lab (also known as Q branch), in every EON Bond film until his death, with the exception of Live and Let Die in 1973, in which the character Q did not appear...

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