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George Leech (1921-2012) was a stuntman who gained fame from playing various heavies and/or villains in the James Bond franchise. Leech is the father of stuntwoman Wendy Leech and father in-law of longtime 007 stunt performer and coordinator Vic Armstrong.

Leech, who passed away in 2012, often played henchmen who met their fate at the title character's hand as well as arranging various stuntwork and fight sequences. He provided stunt acting as a Decontamination Technician in Dr. No, as a Q Division Technician in Goldfinger, as one of Emilio Largo's henchmen in Thunderball and stunts in both 1967's Casino Royale and You Only Live Twice.

He also performed a minor stunt as a ski henchman in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, a stunt in Diamonds are Forever involving a mud bath, a role as a Hugo Drax minion in Moonraker and a final stunt as a henchman eaten by a shark in For Your Eyes Only.

Leech was also stunt double of three Bonds. Sean Connery driving the Aston Martin DB5 in Goldfinger, George Lazenby hanging onto the cable car in On Her Majesty's Secret Service and for Roger Moore driving the Lotus in The Spy Who Loved Me. He was also stunt co-ordinator for On Her Majesty's Secret Service and Bob Simmons' assistant throughout his involvement in the James Bond films.

He is the only other known performer besides Burt Kwouk and Terry Richards to appear in both the 1967 Casino Royale parody and You Only Live Twice, both of which came out the same year.

Aside from the Bond franchise, he also portrayed a dead Rebel trooper in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope and appeared in the films A Bridge Too Far and Superman.


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