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

(July 17, 1922–September 24, 2006; birth name: Shozaburo Tanba): Handsome Japanese actor who portrayed Tiger Tanaka, the head of the Japanese Secret Service, in You Only Live Twice.

A Tokyo native, the prolific Tamba made his motion picture debut in director Hideo Suzuki’s crime drama Satsujin Yôgisha (1952). He made his English-language film debut a decade later in director Etienne Périer’s World War II drama Bridge to the Sun (1961).

For You Only Live Twice, Tamba’s voice was redubbed by British voice actor Robert Rietti.


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