Desmond Llewelyn

Desmond Llewelyn
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Desmond Llewelyn as 'Q' in Sweden while promoting Octopussy, June 1983
Desmond Wilkinson Llewelyn

(1914-09-12)12 September 1914
Newport, Wales
Died19 December 1999(1999-12-19) (aged 85)
Firle, East Sussex, England, UK
Cause of deathCar accident
Years active1939–1999
Spouse(s)Pamela Mary Pantlin (m. 1938–1999; his death)
Military career
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchBritish Army
Years of service1939–1945
RankSecond Lieutenant
UnitRoyal Welch Fusiliers
Battles/warsSecond World War

Desmond Wilkinson Llewelyn (n/; 12 September 1914 – 19 December 1999) was a Welsh actor, best known for his role as Q in 17 of the James Bond films between 1963 and 1999.[1][2][3][4]


Early life

Llewelyn was born in Newport, Monmouthshire, the son of Mia (née Wilkinson) and Ivor Llewelyn,[5] who was a coal mining engineer. He originally wanted to be a minister, but during his education at Radley College, he worked as a stagehand in the school's productions and occasionally picked up small roles.

Second World War

The outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939 halted his acting career; Llewelyn was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the British Army, serving with the Royal Welch Fusiliers. In 1940, he was captured by the German Army in France and was held as a prisoner of war for five years in the infamous Colditz Castle in Germany.

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