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

Lonsdale, Michael (May 24, 1931– September 21, 2020): French actor who portrayed billionaire industrialist Hugo Drax with a strong dose of dry wit and sarcasm in Moonraker.

A Parisian by birth, Lonsdale made his motion picture debut as Sinclair in director Michel Boisrond’s comedy It Happened in Aden (1956). His first English-language film was Orson Welles’s thriller The Trial (1962). Lonsdale’s additional feature appearances include Is Paris Burning? (1966); The Day of the Jackal (1973); Chariots of Fire (1981); Enigma (1982); The Holcroft Covenant (1985); The Name of the Rose (1986), working with Sean Connery; The Remains of the Day (1993); Jefferson in Paris (1995), as Louis XVI; Ronin (1998), alongside fellow Bond villains Sean Bean and Jonathan Pryce; and Steven Spielberg’s Munich (2005), with Daniel Craig and Mathieu Amalric.


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