Sayun Chantanarat
The Elephant Boy in The Man With The Golden Gun


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Sayun Chantanarat was born in Bangkok in November, 1961. His father was an employee of the State Railway of Thailand, who played saxophone. The entertainment bug rubbed off on young Sayun - who was a strong swimmer – when the production of The Man With The Golden Gun moved in, and was looking for a young boy in a sequence set in the klongs of Bangkokn who was trying to sell his wares (a wooden carved elephant) to tourists, and 007 himself.

Sayun was spotted by a member of the film crew at a shopping mall on a day he decided to skip school and to convince his parents to allow him to do the movie, the crew bought Sayan a new set of clothing.

Sayan was 10 years old when he played the urchin ‘elephant boy’ that attempts to help James Bond escape by boat in the klong canal chase. Bond (Roger Moore) ended up pushing him into the klong in order to make a quick escape – a scene that later upset the star. “Me, a UNICEF Ambassador pushing a child into a klong!” he exclaimed.

Sayun appeared in a few other Thai films too.