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Bernard (John) LEE

Male 1908 - 1981  (73 years)


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  • Name Bernard (John) LEE 
    Born 10 Jan 1908  London Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 16 Jan 1981  London Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3173  Merredew
    Last Modified 16 Sep 2015 

    Family Gladys Emily MERREDEW,   b. 5 Jan 1905, 3 Edith Rd, Selhurst, SRY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1972, Sittingborne RD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Married 29 Jan 1934  Register Office, Hampstead. Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Last Modified 16 Sep 2015 
    Family ID F1307  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Production notes for Live and Let Die 1972/73
      This time round, there were some question marks over which of the regular supporting cast were going to return. The script made no mention of Q so for the first time since his debut in From Russia With Love [1963], so Desmond Llewelyn would not be appearing. Lois Maxwell was on hand as the ever-adoring Moneypenny, but the recent tragic death in a fire of Bernard Lee's wife, Gladys Merredew, left some doubt as to whether the long-running M actor would be available. Kenneth More, a good friend of Roger Moore, offered to appear as M but only if his fee was passed on to the grieving Lee. In the end, Lee turned up for his short appearance, M venturing out of his office to visit 007 at his apartment. With studio filming over, the crew set of for New York where the Harlem scenes were filmed.

      Biographical Notes
      Bernard Lee

      Born: 10 January 1908, London, England, UK
      Deceased: 16 January 1981, London, England, UK. (cancer)
      Married to:

      'Gladys Merredew' (? - ?)



      Trivia:
      Grandfather of 'Jonny Lee Miller'
      Most famous for playing 'M' in the first 11 James Bond films.
      He worked as a fruit porter to fund his drama studies.
      A portrait of him (in the character of 'M') can be seen briefly in the background of the MI6 castle in the 007 film 'The World Is Not Enough'.
      He was notorious for enjoying a drink, but never let this affect his work. During filming of The Third Man, Lee went missing and the director sent crew to trawl the local bars to find him.
      While making On Her Majesty's Secret Service, George Lazenby, who portrayed Bond in the film, was fooling around on horseback and caused Lee to fall into a fence and tear his leg open. As no doctor was available, the local vet stitched the gash up.




      ClassicSciFi.Com Filmography

      Moonraker (1979)

      Spy Who Loved Me, The (1977)

      Man with the Golden Gun, The (1974)

      Live and Let Die (1973)

      Diamonds are Forever (1971)

      On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)

      You Only Live Twice (1967)

      Thunderball (1965)

      Goldfinger (1964)

      From Russia with Love (1963)

      Dr. No (1962)

      Biography for
      Jonny Lee Miller

      Mini biography
      Jonny Lee Miller (sometimes credited with an H) was born on November 15, 1972 in Kingston, England, UK. After appearing in many high school plays at his selective state grammar school, Johnny dropped out at 17, to pursue acting full time. Although he was reportedly quiet and shy in high school, he certainly expresses himself well in all his films. His very first popular film was Hackers, alongside Angelina Jolie and Matthew Lillard. Later his co-star Angelina became his wife. They were divorced 4 years later. Interesting fact is that his entire family is well into acting, all the way back to his grandparents. With many films coming out, including Complicity and Disturbia, it looks like Jonny is making a name for himself. Along with his partnership to the production company, Natural Nylon, which also includes Ewan McGregor and Jude Law.


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  • Sources 
    1. [S2784] GROm 1a, GRO index, (Hampstead), 1934/1 1a 1218.
      Cert. Register Office, Hampstead, 29 Jan 1934 John Bernard Lee, 26 bac, actor, of 90 King Henry's Rd, father Edmund James Lee, (dec) - actor & Gladys Emily Cook formerly Merredew, 28, divorced wife of Frank Alfred Bernard Cook, of 78c Belsize Park Gardens, father Arthur Merredew - commercial traveller, printers (retired) both signed he as Bernard Lee and she as Gladys Cook. wit. Gordon Hall & N Merredew by licence.