'Dr. No' Dies
The stage actor Joseph Wiseman, who died Monday at 91, had an acclaimed career on Broadway and was a memorable supporting actor in films such as "Detective Story," "Viva Zapata!" and "The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz."
But Mr. Wiseman was forever linked to "Dr. No," the first entry in the Bond action-spy franchise, despite his initial view that the movie "might be just another Grade-B Charlie Chan mystery." Mr. Wiseman played the talon-fingered title villain.
His initially dismissive view of the film not without reason. Producer Albert "Cubby" Broccoli chose the largely unknown Sean Connery as the British super spy, and he selected Mr. Wiseman for what the producer thought was his ability to convey "cold, sadistic menace." Mr. Wiseman reportedly took the role of the title villain after British entertainer Noel Coward declined.
We'll have a complete obituary tomorrow. Meanwhile, feel free to discuss why Mr. Wiseman may have been your favorite Bond villain.
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