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Albert R. "Bert" Saxby[1] was a fictional SPECTRE collaborator and manager of the Whyte House hotel and casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. A secondary antagonist portrayed by American actor, Bruce Cabot, the character appeared in the 1971 James Bond film, Diamonds are Forever.

Biography

Bert Saxby was initially employed by entrepreneur Willard Whyte and subsequently became right-hand man to international criminal, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, after the latter (perhaps facilitated by Saxby) hijacked Whyte's vast business empire.

Saxby manages Whyte’s end of the casino and first meets James Bond while the latter is posing as Peter Franks. Later Saxby goes up to he office to inform Blofeld that Shady Tree is dead; he then tells his boss to turn on one of the cameras watching 007. Blofeld commands Saxby to “just get me the diamonds.”

A few days later, Bert hires a person to steal the diamonds, that SPECTRE needs to complete their project, from jewel smuggler Tiffany Case’s locker at the McCarren International Airport. The hired person takes the diamonds to Saxby in a Ford minibus, who then delivers them to Dr. Metz at a gas station.

He is shot and killed by CIA agents on attempting to assassinate Whyte and Bond while taking cover behind a rock with a sniper rifle as Whyte is being rescued by Bond and the CIA. As the dead Saxby tumbles down a hill, Whyte spouts one of the movie’s best-remembered deadpan-lines: “Tell him he’s fired!”

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Trivia

  • His full name is a direct reference to James Bond film-producer Albert R. "Cubby" Broccoli.
  • Saxby was portrayed by King Kong star, Bruce Cabot, who passed away the following year.

References

  1. (1971). Diamonds are Forever (Blu-ray). 20th Century Fox. Event occurs at 01:23:25. "Name plate on desk reads 'Albert R. Saxby'."
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