Bryan Marshall death: James Bond actor who starred alongside Roger Moore dies, aged 81

Actor enjoyed a number of film and TV roles opposite stars including Roger Moore and Helen Mirren

Roisin O'Connor
Wednesday 26 June 2019 13:21 BST

Bryan Marshall, the British actor best-known for his role as Commander Talbot in James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me, has died aged 81.

The news was confirmed by ECA agent Esta Charkham on Twitter: “So sad that my dear old chum Bryan Marshall has gone on ahead,” she wrote. “A wonderful actor – he was so good you never noticed how good he was.”

She added: “He was a valued chum. His credits are a catalogue of classic British and Australian TV. Fare Forward Dearest Bryan!”

Marshall was born in Battersea, London in 1938. He trained at the prestigious RADA school and performed at the Bristol Old Vic before a string of film and TV roles, including a part in the classic Michael Caine film, Alfie.

In 1977, he landed the role of a submarine commander whose vessel is rescued by Roger Moore’s 007 in The Spy Who Loved Me. Two years later, he starred alongside Helen Mirren and Bob Hoskins in one of his biggest roles, as Harris in the gangster movie The Long Good Friday.

After moving to Australia, Marshall enjoyed roles in Neighbours and Home and Away. He also enjoyed a stint as a presenter on Australia’s Most Wanted in 1989.

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