007 James Bond actor: David Niven

007 James Bond actor: David Niven

June 19, 2014 0 By 007 Travelers

Who: James David Graham Niven
Born: 1 March 1910, London, England
Died: 29 July 1983, Chateau d’Oex, Switzerland

James David Graham Niven was an English actor and novelist who was popular in Europe and in the United States. He may be best known for his roles as Squadron Leader Peter Carter in A Matter of Life and Death, as Phileas Fogg in Around the World in 80 Days and as Sir Charles Lytton, a.k.a. “the Phantom”, in The Pink Panther. He was awarded the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in Separate Tables (1958).

David Niven trivia facts:

  • He was assigned to the
    HLI, and his comment was known in the regiment. Thus Niven did not enjoy his
    time in the army. He served with the HLI for two years in Malta and then for a
    few months in Dover.
  • In the James Bond
    novel You Only Live Twice, by Ian Fleming, he is referred to, and a
    pet bird in the story was named after him. Three years after the book was
    released, he played Bond in Casino Royale (1967).
  • Was on stage at the
    1974’s Oscars when a naked man ran behind him.

David Niven’s 007 production:
Casino Royale (1967, an unofficial 007 film)

James Bond: 1967
In 1967 he appeared as one of seven incarnations of 007 in the James Bond spoof Casino Royale. Niven had been Bond creator Ian Fleming’s first choice to play Bond in Dr. No. Casino Royale co-producer Charles K. Feldman said later that Fleming had written the book with Niven in mind, and therefore had sent a copy to Niven. Niven was the only James Bond actor mentioned by name in the text of Fleming’s novels. In On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Bond visits an exclusive ski resort in Switzerland where he is told that David Niven is a frequent visitor and in You Only Live Twice, Niven is referred to as the only real gentleman in Hollywood.

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