List of recurring characters in the James Bond film series

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The James Bond film series is a British series of spy films based on the fictional character of MI6 agent James Bond, "007", who originally appeared in a series of books by Ian Fleming. There have been twenty-five films in total released between 1962 and 2021 and produced by Eon Productions, which now holds the adaptation rights to all of Fleming's Bond novels.[1][2] Bond has been portrayed in these films by six actors: Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, and Daniel Craig.

Several supporting characters that have appeared many times in the series, such as M, Q, and Miss Moneypenny, played by different actors across the twenty-seven films. As these are MI6 posts, not character names, some of the actor changes reflect an in-universe replacement. Such change was explicit for M in GoldenEye (1995), with Judi Dench's character referred to as a newcomer, and in Skyfall (2012), as Ralph Fiennes' character Gareth Mallory replaces Dench's character as M; it was explicit for Q in Die Another Day (2002), as John Cleese's character replaces Desmond Llewelyn's Q after being his apprentice in The World Is Not Enough (1999). There is only one clear case of a single M, Q, or Moneypenny character switching actor: when Q, Major Boothroyd, switches from Peter Burton in Dr. No (1962) to Desmond Llewelyn in From Russia with Love (1963).

Cast table

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This section shows characters who will appear or have appeared in more than two films in the series.

  • An empty, dark grey cell indicates the character was not in the film, or that the character's official presence has not yet been confirmed.
  •  C indicates a cameo role.
  •  U indicates an uncredited appearance.
  •  V indicates a voice-only role.
Recurring characters in the James Bond film series[3]
Character 1962 1963 1964 1965 1967 1969 1971 1973 1974 1977 1979 1981 1983 1985 1987 1989 1995 1997 1999 2002 2006 2008 2012 2015 2021
Dr. No From Russia with Love Goldfinger Thunderball You Only Live Twice On Her Majesty's Secret Service Diamonds Are Forever Live and Let Die The Man with the Golden Gun The Spy Who Loved Me Moonraker For Your Eyes Only Octopussy A View to a Kill The Living Daylights Licence to Kill GoldenEye Tomorrow Never Dies The World Is Not Enough Die Another Day Casino Royale Quantum of Solace Skyfall Spectre No Time to Die
James Bond
Sean Connery George Lazenby Sean Connery Roger Moore Timothy Dalton Pierce Brosnan Daniel Craig
Felix Leiter Jack Lord Cec Linder Rik Van Nutter Norman Burton David Hedison John Terry David Hedison Jeffrey Wright Jeffrey Wright
M Bernard Lee Robert Brown Judi Dench Judi Dench
Ralph Fiennes[a]
Ralph Fiennes
Judi DenchC
Ralph Fiennes
Miss Moneypenny Lois Maxwell Caroline Bliss Samantha Bond Naomie Harris
Q Peter Burton Desmond Llewelyn Desmond Llewelyn John Cleese Ben Whishaw
Sylvia Trench Eunice Gayson
Ernst Stavro Blofeld Anthony Dawson
Eric PohlmannV
Anthony Dawson
Eric PohlmannV
Donald Pleasence Telly Savalas Charles Gray John Hollis[b] Christoph Waltz
Sheriff J.W. Pepper Clifton James
Bill Tanner Michael GoodliffeU James Villiers Michael Kitchen Michael Kitchen Rory Kinnear
General Gogol Walter Gotell
Sir Frederick Gray Geoffrey Keen
Jaws Richard Kiel
Rublevitch Eva Rueber-Staier Eva Rueber-Staier Virginia Hey
Smithers Jeremy Bulloch
Jack Wade Joe Don Baker
Valentin Zukovsky Robbie Coltrane Robbie Coltrane
Charles Robinson Colin Salmon
Vesper Lynd Eva Green
René Mathis Giancarlo Giannini
Dr. Madeleine Swann Léa Seydoux


  1. ^ Olivia Mansfield (Judi Dench's M) dies in Skyfall and is replaced by character Gareth Mallory (Ralph Fiennes), appearing earlier in the same film. In Spectre, Mansfield has a cameo appearance in a video she recorded before her murder.
  2. ^ It was not until 2013 that Eon confirmed John Hollis as Blofeld in For Your Eyes Only.

See also


  1. ^ Poliakoff, Keith (2000). "License to Copyright – The Ongoing Dispute Over the Ownership of James Bond". Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal. 18: 387–436.
  2. ^ Shprintz, Janet (29 March 1999). "Big Bond-holder". Variety. Archived from the original on 12 October 2021. Retrieved 4 November 2011. Judge Rafeedie ... found that McClory's rights in the Thunderball material had reverted to the estate of Fleming
  3. ^ Cork & Stutz 2007, pp. 270–311.


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