N/A (passed away Nov. 11th, 2003)
Swanage, Dorset, England, UK
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Robert James Brown (23 July 1921 – 11 November 2003) was an English actor known for his portrayal of M in the James Bond movies, succeeding Bernard Lee, who died in 1981.
Brown was born and died in Swanage, Dorset, England. Before appearing in the Bond films, he had a long career as a bit-part actor in films and television. Two of his most notable parts were as the galley-master in Ben-Hur (1959) and as factory worker Bert Harker in the BBC's 1960s soap opera, The Newcomers.
Technically, Brown first started in the James Bond franchise in the film The Spy Who Loved Me as Admiral Hargreaves. After Lee's sudden death in 1981, the producers, instead of hiring a replacement, decided to leave M out of For Your Eyes Only out of respect for the actor and trade his lines with M's Chief of Staff Bill Tanner. In 1983, they cast Brown to portray M. It is not clear as to whether he was the same character as Lee's M or a different M, perhaps a promoted Hargreaves. He would later be succeeded by Judi Dench in the film GoldenEye (1995).
- Studied acting in New York City at both the New School for Social Research's Dramatic Workshop and the American Theater Wing.
- He was born and died in Swanage, Dorset, where his father had been coxswain of the town's lifeboat. In 1992, a lifeboat was named "Robert Charles Brown" after his father.
- He went went from playing 'Roger Moore (I)' (qv)'s servant on _"Ivanhoe" (1958)_ (qv) to becoming his superior in the Bond movies, starting with _Octopussy (1983)_ (qv).
- Succeeded 'Bernard Lee (I)' (qv) as M in the James Bond films. However, it is not know if he is meant to be the same character, Admiral Sir Miles Messervy, or a different character promoted to be director of MI6. Complicating matters is the fact that Brown played a different character in _The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)_ (qv). Brown's picture also does not appear in the office of the next M, 'Judi Dench' (qv), but Lee's does.