Anthony Dawson Biography
Anthony Dawson was a British-born actor best known for his role as the villainous Professor Dent in the first James Bond movie, Dr. No (1962). Born in Surrey in 1909, Dawson had a long and distinguished career that began on the stage but soon expanded to both film and television roles.
Anthony Dawson’s big break came when he was cast as assassin Professor Dent opposite a young Sean Connery as James Bond in 1962’s Dr No. He was part of the From Russia with Love cast a year later, but this time he played the part of Bond villain Ernst Stavros Blofeld, albeit uncredited.
Outside of playing villains, Dawson also provided comic relief with various character roles throughout the sixties, appearing alongside many of Britain’s biggest stars including Peter Sellers and Alec Guinness. His film career eventually extended beyond England when he starred in The Four Musketeers (1974) alongside Michael York, Oliver Reed and Richard Chamberlain.
Anthony Dawson passed away on April 11th 1974 aged 65 but will always be remembered by fans of 007 for his iconic performance as Professor Dent. His legacy continues to live on today through various tributes online from Bond aficionados all over the world.