Contributed by: The James Bond Movie Encyclopedia by Steven Jay Rubin

(April 1, 1931–October 7, 2011): British stage, screen, and television actor who portrayed heraldry expert Sir Hilary Bray in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Baker also dubbed George Lazenby’s voice for the sequences in which Bond impersonates Bray at Piz Gloria, the mountain hideaway of Blofeld (Telly Savalas). Baker previously appeared uncredited as a NASA engineer in You Only Live Twice, and he later returned to the Bond fold as Royal Navy captain Benson in The Spy Who Loved Me. According to Dr. No director Terence Young, Baker was one of the actors considered for the part of 007.

Born in Varna, Bulgaria, where his father was a British consul, Baker made his feature debut in the war drama The Intruder (1953), working for future Bond director Guy Hamilton. His feature credits include The Dam Busters (1955); The Moonraker (1958), a period adventure that takes place in England in the time of Oliver Cromwell (sorry, no space shuttles); Sword of Lancelot (1963), alongside fellow Bond vet Walter Gotell; The Executioner (1970), alongside Bond vet Charles Gray; and ffolkes (1980), reteaming with Roger Moore, alongside actor David Hedison and stuntmen George Leech and Richard Graydon.


Subscribe on your favorite podcast app