Bond actor Michael Lonsdale has died aged 89

MICHAEL LONSDALE, who was known for playing a villain in the James Bond films, has sadly died. How did Michael Lonsdale die?

PUBLISHED: 16:41, Mon, Sep 21, 2020 | UPDATED: 17:09, Mon, Sep 21, 2020

Michael Lonsdale was best known for his role as Sir Hugo Drax in the 1979 James Bond classic, Moonraker. The star, who was 89, died on Monday afternoon (September 21) at his home in Paris. 

How did Michael Lonsdale die?

Lonsdale's agent confirmed the news, however an exact cause of death has not been given at this time. 

He mostly starred in French films, in which he spoke his native language, and his career included more than 200 roles. 

Lonsdale starred alongside Bond actor Roger Moore, playing the role of the billionaire owner of Drax Industries.

Actor Moore's family paid tribute to the star on Twitter, saying: "Terribly saddened to learn Michael Lonsdale has also passed away today. As Hugo Drax he was a smooth-tongued and cultured adversary to 007 in Moonraker."

The star was born in Paris in 1931 and spent a lot of time travelling to different parts of the world. 

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Michael Lonsdale dead: Bond actor Michael LonsdaleMichael Lonsdale dead: The cause of death is not known (Image: Getty)

Michael Lonsdale dead: Tributes to the actorMichael Lonsdale dead: The actor played Hugo Drax in the James Bond film (Image: Getty)

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He is also known for his role as detective Claude Lebel in The Day of the Jackal, and he starred in The Remains of the Day.

His first appearance on stage was when he was 24-years-old, and he went on to take part in both English and French productions. 

The award-winning actor was also known for his writing, and he published a total of 10 books in his lifetime. 

His latest film role was in 2016, in a Belgian-French film called The First, the Last. 


Michael Lonsdale dead: The actor was 89Michael Lonsdale dead: The actor was in Moonraker (Image: Getty)

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