ROBINSON, JOE

Entry Source: The James Bond Movie Encyclopedia by Steven Jay Rubin


(May 31, 1927–July 3, 2017; birth name: Joseph William Robinson Harle): Stuntman/actor and former wrestler who portrayed tough diamond smuggler Peter Franks in Diamonds Are Forever, his final big-screen role. In a vicious Amsterdam elevator fight, Franks battles James Bond (Sean Connery) and loses—a claustrophobic sequence that was one of the film’s highlights. It was Joe and his brother Doug who taught actress and future Bond girl Honor Blackman her judo self-defense tactics for her part in the television series The Avengers.

Born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, Robinson made his motion picture debut as Sam Heppner in director Carol Reed’s acclaimed family drama A Kid for Two Farthings (1955).