James Bond villain in Moonraker, Michael Lonsdale Is Dead

Michael Lonsdale, who played James Bond villain in Moonraker, dies aged 89

James Bond villain in Moonraker, Michael Lonsdale Is Dead

Anglo-French actor Michael Lonsdale, who played the villain opposite Roger Moore's James Bond in the 1979 film Moonraker, is dead. He died at the age of 89.

In the film, he played Hugo Drax, an industrialist planning to poison all humans on Earth then repopulate the planet from his space station.

He also featured in films like The Day of the Jackal, Ronin, and Munich. Outpouring condolences have been shared as Bond producers, Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli called Lonsdale an "extraordinarily talented actor and a very dear friend