Douglas Wilmer
Jim Fanning in Octopussy



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After studying at RADA, London-born Douglas Wilmer made his 1945 stage debut in repertory at Rugby. One year later, Wilmer made his first London theatrical appearance. Though most closely associated with classical roles, he scored one of his biggest stage successes in a contemporary work, One Way Pendulum (1959). Wilmer's film work includes the role of Nayland Smith in two of Christopher Lee's Fu Manchu films. He also repeated his British-TV characterization of Sherlock Holmes in Gene Wilder's The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother (1977). In addition, Douglas Wilmer was seen in the Ray Harryhausen epics Jason and the Argonauts (1963, as Pelius) and Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1979, as the Vizier).

In 1983 he was cast as Art expert Jim Fanning in Octopussy, alongside Roger Moore.

It is his work on his one Bond film, and his Sherlock Holmes films that he is most fondly remembered and most justifiably proud of.



Douglas Wilmer Filmography @ IMDB