Michael Billington (1941 - 2005)
Sergei Barsov in The Spy Who Loved Me


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Michael Billington is an accomplished writer & stage and screen actor, who made his film debut as one of Lionel Blair's dancers in the Michael Winner film, The Cool Mikado.

An early guest role in The Prisoner lead to other tv work and, in 1970, he was cast in Gerry Anderson's UFO series, alongside Ed Bishop. Later he played Daniel Fogarty in the long running BBC drama The Onedin Line; and then starred in the epic War And Peace.

As early as 1969 he was tested as a potential James Bond, when George Lazenby left the franchise. The role, of course, went back to Sean Connery. He tested again in 1972, and a further three times through the 70s and into the early 80s.

"They eventually ran out of film" he quipped.

Michael was offered the role of Sergei Barsov in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) - playing Barbara Bach's lover.

He remains the actor who has been tested the most times for the role of Bond. Sadly, he never got the opportunity to play the part for real.

Post-Bond Michael moved to Los Angeles and worked in film; whilst also guest starring in tv series such as Hart To Hart and Fantasy Island.

He also penned the original story on which the film Silver Dream Racer was based.

Michael sadly passed away on June 3rd 2005.


Michael Billington Filmography @ IMDB