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

(June 11, 1932–June 8, 2005; birth name: George Victor Bishop): American actor who appeared first as the space tracking technician based in Hawaii in You Only Live Twice and later returned in Diamonds Are Forever as radiation shield inspector Klaus Hergersheimer, who’s impersonated by James Bond (Sean Connery).

A native of Brooklyn, Bishop received a scholarship to study drama at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in 1960—and England soon became his permanent base. He made his credited feature debut as Vogt, a US Army Air Forces officer in the Steve McQueen–Robert Wagner World War II film The War Lover (1962). Three years later, he was Lieutenant Hacker, a communications officer aboard the American destroyer commanded by Captain Finlander (Richard Widmark) in director James B. Harris’s gripping Cold War thriller The Bedford Incident. Bishop is also known for his role as Commander Ed Straker on the British sci-fi series UFO (1970–1971), and many other important film and television roles.


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