The second part in series takes a look back at some of the artists responsible for dubbing James Bond’s most iconic villains...

Iconic Voices of Bond (2)
29th March 2007

 Previously MI6 looked back at the voice artists behind some of the 1960’s most iconic Bond girls.

Arch Enemy
For as long as Bond has been chasing the bad guys, the name of Blofeld has been synonymous with iconic villains. Many fans are aware that in “From Russia With Love” and “Thunderball”, Anthony Dawson portrayed the SPECTRE mastermind even though his face and identity remained a mystery onscreen, but his voice was provided by Hungarian actor Eric Pohlmann.

Pohlmann was born in Vienna on 18th July 1913 when the great city was part of Hungary. Pohlmann studied at the Max Reinhardt School and took on minor roles in local theatre. As well as a brief encounter with the theatre, Pohlmann entertained in bars in and around Vienna.The Hungarian actor began his on screen career in 1940 when he starred in the Swedish made film “Portrait of Life”.

In a career that spanned 40 years, Pohlmann participated in over 100 productions – many of which German and foreign films, but more globally recognised shows included “The Saint”, starring future Bond, Roger Moore. On July the 25th 1979, Eric Pohlmann was stricken by a heart attack and passed away at the age of 66.

Above: Voice artist, Eric Pohlmann

From The Bahamas To Japan
Possibly the most diverse of the voice artists that dubbed characters in the James Bond series is Robert Rietty. Born in 1923 in London, Rietty bonded with 007 on three occasions in the ‘60s. In 1965 Rietty provided the voice for Adolfo Celi’s villainous Emilio Largo in “Thunderball”.

Above : Adolfo Celi (pictured) provided the on screen presence while Rietty provided the voice for Largo

Two years later, Rietty returned to the Bond scene for "You Only Live Twice", this time to dub the Japanese actor Tetsuro Tamba who is commonly recognised as 007’s Far East ally, Tiger Tanaka.

Robert Rietty’s career spanned over 90 productions beginning in 1933 with the Monty Banks comedy “Heads We Go”. Like many of these voice artists, Rietty’s career is arguably more successful on screen, appearing in cult classics such as: “The Avengers”, “Danger Man” and “Man in a Suitcase”. After dubbing for the Bond productions, Rietty’s career blossomed and he appeared in the 1969 production of “The Italian Job” alongside Michael Caine.

Rietty would have two other run-ins with Bond. He voice dubbed the Baccarat croupier in George Lazenby’s one and only outing as 007 in “On Her Majesty's Secret Service” in 1969, and then in the 'unofficial' Sean Connery 1983 outing “Never Say Never Again”.

Most recently Robert Rietty appeared in the horror/thriller “Hannibal” as Sogliato.

Family Relations
David de Keyser was born in 1927 in London and has a career that spans over 70 productions.

It was in 1969 that de Keyser crossed paths with Bond when he voiced the mob-leader-come-father-in-law Marc Ange Draco – commonly recognised as Gabriele Ferzetti in "On Her Majesty's Secret Service"

While de Keyser proved to have a prominent career as a voice artist, he was not without his on-screen presence.

Fans may have caught David on screen in cult classics such as “The Professionals”, “Bergerac” or “Poirot”. More recently de Keyser popped up in various British dramas, including: “Holby City”, “New Tricks”, “The Last Detective” and “Silent Witness”.

Right: Voice artist David de Keyser


Do You Expect Me To Talk?
A keen fan wrote to MI6 with slice of interesting trivia – on the trailer included with the US DVD release of “Goldfinger”, you can witness Gert Frobe delivering the infamous line “Choose your next witticism carefully Mr. Bond, it may be your last.” Frobe's performance was later re-dubbed by Michael Collins.