In Memoriam: Desmond Llewelyn (1914 – 1999)

Desmond Llewelyn (12 September 1914 – 19 December 1999), most famous for playing the fictional gadget master “Q” in the James Bond film series, died on this day 10 years ago.

Starting with From Russia with Love in 1963, Llewelyn played “Q” in all but one Bond film until his death.

At age 85, Desmond Llewelyn was in a car accident on 19 December 1999, as he was returning home from a book signing event. Driving alone, his Renault Megane collided head-on with a Fiat Bravo driven by a 35-year-old man on the A27 near the village of Berwick, East Sussex. He died shortly thereafter. The other driver was seriously injured. The following Monday, Llewelyn was due to sign copies of “Q: The Biography of Desmond Llewelyn” at Forbidden Planet in New Oxford Street, central London. Roger Moore, who starred with Llewelyn in six Bond movies, spoke at his funeral.

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