10 ‘Doctor Who’ Actors Who Were Also in Bond Movies

Rassilon, Time Lord, as James Bond. (via Timothy Dalton)

Note: for reasons of canonical purity we’re excluding spoofs, even the 1967, Bond-mocking Casino Royale. Sadly this means the list can’t include Jonathan Pryce, Joanna Lumley, Ronnie Corbett, Bernard Cribbins or Rowan Atkinson but at least we’re pure.

1: Timothy Dalton
007 Status: James Bond, in Licence To Kill and The Living Daylights (see picture above)
Doctor Who Status: Rassilon, furious leader of the Time Lords, in The End of Time.

2: Anthony Ainley
007 Status: He was also one of the Hong Kong policemen who discover James Bond’s supposed corpse in the opening sequence of You Only Live Twice: “well at least he died on the job” indeed!

Doctor Who Status: The Master, rogue Time Lord, pantomime baddy and all round rotter.

3: Honor Blackman
007 Status:
Pussy Galore! The Bond girl with the most impossible-to-live-down name.
Doctor Who Status: Professor Lasky, the scientist with a particular passion for plant life in Terror of the Vervoids.

4: Hugh Bonneville
007 Status:
 Air Warfare Officer on the HMS Bedford in Tomorrow Never Dies.

Doctor Who Status: the most piratical Henry Avery in The Curse of the Black Spot.

5: John Cleese
007 Status: He played Q in Die Another Day, after his turn as the original Q’s assistant, jokily titled ‘R,’ in The World Is Not Enough.
Doctor Who Status: A little comic relief in the Fourth Doctor story City of Death, in which John and Eleanor Bron play art critics in a gallery, appreciating the TARDIS. Yes, the story was written by Douglas Adams.

6: Catherine Schell

007 Status: Catherine appears (under the name Catherine Von Schell) as Nancy, in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
Doctor Who Status: Another Bond-related guest in City of Death, although her appearance, as Countess Scarlioni, is far less comic than John Cleese’s.

7: Samantha Bond
007 Status: Miss Moneypenny in the Pierce Brosnan Bond films GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day.
Doctor Who Status: Mrs Wormwood, another rotter, in The Sarah Jane Adventures.

8: Paul Darrow
007 Status: Oh the irony, Paul may be best remembered as the sneering Avon in Blake’s 7, but he played a Doctor in Die Another Day.
Doctor Who Status: And before Blake’s 7 started, Paul played a very capable UNIT officer in the Third Doctor adventure The Silurians. AND Tekker in the Sixth Doctor adventure Timelash. Busy, busy man:

9: Geoffrey Palmer
007 Status: Admiral Roebuck in Tomorrow Never Dies.
Doctor Who Status: Captain Hardaker in Voyage of the Damned.


And finally, the most recent addition:

10: Steven Berkoff
007 Status: General Orlov, the Russian rotter in Octopussy.

Doctor Who Status: The Shakri in The Power of Three. Yes, really!

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser is a British writer, broadcaster and the the author of the book Stuff Brits Like. He is Anglophenia's resident Brit blogger, having written BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog, the Top of the Pops website, and for NME, the Guardian and elsewhere. Favorite topics include slang, Doctor Who and cramming as much music into Anglophenia as he can manage. He invites you to join him on Twitter: @csi_popmusic
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