Actor & Stunt Arranger Dr No, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Diamonds Are Forever, The Spy Who Loved Me, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy and A View To A Kill
George Leech 1921 - 2012
We were very sad to hear that stuntman George Leech passed away on June 17th 2012. George was a dear friend attending both our James Bond: A Celebration and Thunderball events and will be sadly missed not only by ourselves but all that met him.
Our throughts and condolences go out to Wendy and her family.
George first entered the film world after the second world war when, in 1947, he was James Mason's stand-in for Carol Reed's Odd Man Out.
From the late 1950s, he became a "bit part actor" in films such as Port Afrique, And The Same To You and the wonderful The Guns Of Navarone (1961). Keeping in excellent shape, George found a niche for himself as a stunt performer and in 1962 made his first appearance in a Bond film - the first Bond film - Dr No in which he played Joseph Wiseman's stunt double.
A couple of years later he was at it again with Goldfinger - watch carefully and you'll see him in Q-Branch wearing a bullet proof overall, being fired at by a machine gun!
He got a slightly bigger role in Thunderball when cast as one of Largo's Disco Volante crew, and he performed other stunt parts too in that along with You Only Live Twice and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
TV and film assignments continued with Man In A Suitcase, The Prisoner and If All The Women In The World.
In 1969 he graduated to become stunt arranger in On Her Majesty's Secret Service and quickly followed up with credits on Kelly's Heroes, Diamonds Are Forever, The Pink Panther Strikes Again, The Eagle Has Landed, The Spy Who Loved Me, Revenge Of The Pink Panther, The Wild Geese, Superman, North Sea Hijack, The Sea Wolves, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy and A View To A Kill.
An impressive CV to say the least!
George is also father of stuntwoman Wendy Leech, and father in law of Vic Armstrong.
George Leech Filmography