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Robert Brown, 82; Actor Played Spy Boss M in 4 Bond Films

November 21, 2003|From Staff and Wire Reports

Robert Brown, 82, a British character actor best known for playing spy boss M in four James Bond movies, died of undisclosed causes Nov. 11 at his home in Dorset, England.

Brown took over as the enigmatic M in "Octopussy" in 1983 after the death of the role's originator, Bernard Lee. Brown had first appeared in the Bond series six years earlier as Admiral Hargreaves in "The Spy Who Loved Me."

Born in Dorset, he began his acting career after serving in the Royal Navy during World War II.

The versatile Brown often was cast in historical adventures, including "Helen of Troy," "The Warriors," "Ben-Hur" and "The 300 Spartans."

He also played Roger Moore's sidekick in the popular 1950s British television series "Ivanhoe," and co-starred with Bernard Lee in the 1960s British TV series "King of the River."

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