Felix Leiter (Norman Burton)

Character: Felix Leiter
Actor: Norman Burton
Movie: Diamonds Are Forever
Age: Early 40's
Appearence: Male, Short Black/Grey hair, medium build, medium complection, is often seen wearing sunglasses and a casual suit.
Status: Active

In the first of Bond's American assignments, Norman Burton takes over the role of Felix Leiter, and sets a tone for others to build upon. No longer a stiff CIA agent, Leiter is shown much more as an associate and comrade of 007, and the relationship works well.

Although Bond and Leiter have become quite good friends, not much is known about Felix's private life. A CIA agent, Bond first encountered Leiter during the Dr No mission, since then, he has been involved in a number of missions with Bond, and they have not only remained allies, but become great friends. Leiter appears to have somewhat of a sense of humour, but his interests are unknown.

Bond's first encounter with Felix Leiter was in the back of Puss Fellers club in Jamaica, Leiter was his contact who supplied him with information on the case. In Dr. No, he assists Bond in Jamaica as he attempts to solve the riddle of the disruption to the American Space Program. During the Goldfinger missions Leiter helped out Bond by launching an attack on Goldfingers operation. Leiter has been involved in a total of seven missions with Bond. Due to Leiter's involvement in the capture of Franz Sanchez, Sanchez' men ruthlessly fed him to sharks, he did survive but spent the rest of Bond's mission in hospital. Bond avenged his friends by setting Sanchez on fire with the engraved lighter given to him by Della and Felix.