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.
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.