Anthony Dawson

Anthony Dawson Biography

Anthony Dawson as Professor Dent

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. Dawson was also cast as Ernst Stavro Blofeld in From Russia with Love (1963) and then again in Thunderball (1965). Both times, however, he was uncredited, and his face was never shown and his voice was dubbed over by Eric Pohlmann.

As well as the Bond films, Dawson starred in several other films directed by Terence Young. These include They Were Not Divided (1950), Valley of Eagles (1951), The Amorous Adventures of Triple Cross (1966), Red Sun (1971), Inchon (1982), and The Jigsaw Man (1983).


Other notable British films inlcude The Way to the Stars (1945), The Queen of Spades (1948), and The Wooden Horse (1950) before he relocated to the United States in the early 1950s. During his time in America, he performed in the Broadway play Dial M for Murder, which later led to his role as C. A. Swann/Captain Lesgate in the Alfred Hitchcock film adaptation of the same name in 1954.

Anthony Dawson passed away at the age of 75 in Sussex in January 1992.