Jaws (Richard Kiel)
Actor: Richard Kiel
Movie: The Spy Who Loved Me & Moonraker
Date of Birth: 13 September 1939
Height: 7' 1.5"
Appearance: Tall, muscularly built with a high forehead, rugged chin and dark
brown hair and eyes.
Distinguishing Feature: Lethal metallic teeth
Organisations & Alliances: Stromberg Laboratories, Karl Stromberg, Sandor, The Drax Corporation, Sir Hugo Drax, James Bond
Freelance assassin and strongman, standing at over seven
foot and heavier than 300lbs, Jaws makes an incredible
an unconquerable foe. His height, weight and shear strength
means that he is has survived being thrown from a train,
driven from a cliff into the roof of a house, had the
remains of a Egyptian temple fall around him and even
fallen from a plane without a parachute.
Nevertheless, the giant perpetually keeps up
with Bond over the course of two missions. His task on both occasions
is to assassinate 007 by any means necessary, and despite the
arsenal of his billionaire employers behind him, the heroic MI6
officer often outwits him.
The ultimate brawn for hire, Jaws is arguably the most
physically menacing man James Bond has faced off
from the intellectual capacity of his mastermind employers,
Jaws barely speaks a word unless completely necessary.
He is trained to take orders and carry out his missions unquestionably and without thought for his own life. His metallic teeth come in useful for breaking locks, chains and piercing his victim's arteries.
Jaws has a change of heart when he meets Dolly in Rio. Her simple charm and a convincing word from his archenemy, James Bond, sees Jaws become substantially more placid.
The Spy Who Loved Me - On the "Spy
Who Loved Me" mission, Jaws and Sandor are tasked to retrieve
Stromberg's lost microfilm at any cost. Anyone who came into contact
with the highly prized secret was doomed. 007 and Agent
XXX are assigned to retrieve the microfilm for England and
Russia respectively and the pair face off against the manic killer
a lonely Egyptian temple. Later, they are chased by Jaws and his
goons on the winding Sardinian roads but the killer's brute force
is no match for the gadget laden Lotus Esprit. Jaws is the last
man standing aboard Stromberg's underwater lair as
assuming he's seen the last of the deadly assassin.
On the "Moonraker" affair, Bond and Dr.
Holly Goodhead are hounded by Jaws when they agree
to work as allies in Rio. A seemingly placid cable car
ride turns into a nightmare when Jaws takes over the
controller, cuts the cable with his vicious teeth and even
them onto the teetering cable car.
Amid the cable car wreckage,
Jaws is able to save the ditsy blonde Dolly, whom he
silently falls in love with. Dolly and Jaws join Drax's
super race destined to be saved from annihilation, and
James Bond convinces Jaws that he is not welcome aboard the
space satellite with Drax's new race and the giant sides with
007 to topple Hugo Drax and his plan of genocide.
Born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1939, Kiel became a full time actor
in 1960 and throughout the decade carved a name for himself in
television bit parts. He appeared in a TV pilot based on the
comic, "The Phantom" in '61 and had guest roles in "Thriller", "The
Rifleman" and "The Twilight Zone". Because of
his build and stature Kiel often ended up in unflattering roles
in low budget horror films, such as "Eegah" (1962)
or "The Human Duplicators" (1965).
In 1964 he appeared in
the pilot episode of the soon-to-be hit spy-fi, "The
Man From U.N.C.L.E.", alongside regulars Robert Vaughn
and David McCallum. He was uncredited for his bit part
but was welcomed back in '65 for the role of Merry in the
episode "The Hong Kong Shilling Affair".
In 1965 he wrote his first screenplay and the same year landed a semi-regular role in CBS's Robert Conrad starrer "Wild, Wild West." Kiel played the menacing henchman Voltaire.
In the early 1970s he earned a regular role on Western-set comedy, "Barbary Coast" where Kiel played in all 13 of the season's episodes alongside William Shatner and Doug McClure. Kiel's role was that of Moose Moran. He also landed a bit part in the successful 1974 comedy, "The Longest Yard" about the former pro American football quarterback, Paul Crewe, as played by Burt Reynolds.
He was considered for the title role in a 1977 TV adaptation of comic "The Incredible Hulk". Also auditioning was a young Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was rejected for his height. Kiel worked on the production and filmed two episodes of the series before the producers decided although Kiel was tall, he was too slight for the role.
Despite the loss of the TV title role,
Kiel auditioned and won the role of Jaws in 1977's "The
Spy Who Loved Me". His unique stature and glimmering
teeth making him a fan favourite goon from the moment the
film hit the cinema. Jaws was so popular with audiences
that producers brought him back in "Moonraker".
On his second Bond outing the writers made the most of
the comic elements to Kiel's silent character and paired
him up with Blanche Ravalec who played his unlikely lover,
The Bond films threw Kiel into international
stardom and even casual viewers came to identify his character
as an icon of the Bond franchise. He would work with Burt Reynolds
again on the 1984 adventure comedy, "Cannonball Run II" which
also had cameo appearances from rat packers Dean Martin and Frank
Sinatra. The original film "Cannonball Run" had starred
Roger Moore, but in the follow-up, Reynolds shares the screen
with co-star Dom DeLuise.
In 1992 Kiel suffered serious injury in a car
crash, effecting his balance. Since then he has limited his on-screen
and his last big role was as Mr Larson in 1996's "Happy
has since regularly appeared at fan
and signing events across the world and fronted the launch
Bond villain watches, along with Mads
In 2002 he released an autobiography of his career: "Making
It Big In Movies" and
in 2004 returned to the 'role' of Jaws once more in EA Games'