14-Jun-2021 • Bond News
Actor and former Bond villain Jonathan Pryce is to receive a Knighthood in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours. He played Elliot Carver in the 1997 adventure 'Tomorrow Never Dies'.
The Flintshire-born 74-year-old has had a 50 year career and said he was "proud" to be honoured. "That the UK continues to honour those that work in the arts, acknowledges the great contribution artists make to the way we live our lives. When I began work at The Liverpool Everyman under Alan Dosser in 1972, I saw theatre as an implement of change - to entertain and to inform. The arts remind people to be kinder, more understanding, questioning and to be more empathetic."
Pryce said they also teach people "the importance of debate and tolerance", with the "last few divisive years" showing the need for that more than ever. "After almost 50 years as an actor, I am proud to think that the work and ideals that I have shared with my friends and colleagues is being honoured in this way," he added.
Also honoured this year is singer Lulu, who performed the title song for the 1974 film 'The Man With The Golden Gun'. Lulu, 72, who began her career at the age of 15, is made a CBE for services to music, entertainment and charity. She was previously awarded an OBE in 2000.