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Michael Lonsdale: Actress who played villain in James Bond Movie Moonraker dies aged 89

Michael Lonsdale, a giant of the silver screen and theater in France who worked together with a number of the world’s leading directors in an acting career that spanned 60 decades, died on Monday, his agent said.

From his role as the protagonist from the 1979 James Bond movie Moonraker to that of a French monk in Algeria from the 2011 film Of Gods and Men, Lonsdale acted, often in vibrant second characters, under leading directors such as Orson Welles, Steven Spielberg, Francois Truffaut, and Louis Malle.

The child of a French mother and British father, Lonsdale, using a soft beard and voice, was a man consumed by his artwork. He made over 100 movies and played on stage. His final performance was in a brief film last year to its Opera of Paris, “Degas et Moi” (Degas and Me).

‘His soul was living’
Lonsdale died peacefully at his Paris house old, his representative of 20 decades, Olivier Loiseau, told The Associated Press.

“It was sort of expected,” said Loiseau, of this Aartis bureau, who recently talked with Lonsdale by telephone. “His soul was alive but his body was drained.”

On Twitter, tributes ranged from the official James Bond accounts into the family of Roger Moore, who perished in 2017 and starred opposite Lonsdale in Moonraker.

Lonsdale was a man of faith and played many roles in representing his beliefs. He had been monk Brother Luc at the real-life play” Of Gods and Men,” destined to expire with fellow monks in the hands of Islamist extremists and played with a priest at Welles’ 1962 movie”The Trial.”

The French daily Le Parisien quotes him as saying in a meeting in 2016 he had no fear about dying. It is life.”

Lonsdale never married and had no kids. Funeral arrangements weren’t immediately known. Michael Lonsdale, a giant of the silver screen and theater in France who worked together with a number of the world’s leading directors in an acting career that spanned 60 decades, died on Monday, his agent said.

From his role as the protagonist from the 1979 James Bond movie Moonraker to that of a French monk in Algeria from the 2011 film Of Gods and Men, Lonsdale acted, often in vibrant second characters, under leading directors such as Orson Welles, Steven Spielberg, Francois Truffaut, and Louis Malle.

The child of a French mother and British father, Lonsdale, using a gentle voice and blossom, was a man consumed by his artwork. He made over 100 movies and played on stage. His final performance was in a brief film last year to its Opera of Paris, “Degas et Moi” (Degas and Me).

‘His soul was living’
Lonsdale died peacefully at his Paris house old, his representative of 20 decades, Olivier Loiseau, told The Associated Press.

“It was sort of expected,” said Loiseau, of this Aartis bureau, who recently talked with Lonsdale by telephone. “His soul was living but his body was drained.”

On Twitter, tributes ranged from the official James Bond accounts into the family of Roger Moore, who perished in 2017 and starred opposite Lonsdale in Moonraker.

Lonsdale was a man of religion and played many roles representing his Christian beliefs. He had been monk Brother Luc at the real-life play” Of Gods and Men,” destined to expire with fellow monks in the hands of Islamist extremists and played with a priest at Welles’ 1962 movie”The Trial.”

The French daily Le Parisien quotes him as saying in a meeting in 2016 he had no fear about dying. “I give myself a reason. It is life.”

Lonsdale never married and had no kids. Funeral arrangements weren’t immediately known.