LOS ANGELES (BBC) — David Hedison, the actor best known for playing Felix Leiter opposite two James Bonds, died on July 18 at the age of 92.
He first played 007’s CIA ally in 1973’s “Live and Let Die,” the late Sir Roger Moore’s first Bond film.
He returned to the role 16 years later to appear alongside Timothy Dalton in 1989’s “License to Kill.”
He was also turned into an insect in the 1958 film “The Fly” and starred in 1960s submarine TV series “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.”
Seven years after “Live and Let Die,” he appeared with Moore again in the 1980 oil rig drama “North Sea Hijack.” The friends were reunited once more in 2007 when Hedison delivered a speech at the unveiling of Moore’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
When Hedison returned to the world of James Bond for “License To Kill,” his character survived being fed to a shark by a drug lord who also murdered his new bride.