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Commander Venus

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Hardly into his first yr of senior high school, Conor Oberst had other activities about his mind compared to the pressures of getting a homecoming date, evading aggressive jocks, and going to weekly football video games. Combined with the somewhat old Ben Armstrong (drums), Robb Nansel (acoustic guitar), and Todd Baechle (bass), the 14-year-old Oberst shaped Commander Venus in 1994 with himself on acoustic guitar and vocals. Slicing course and pep rallies to be able to play displays in Omaha, NE, Oberst and business got together some cash, formed the important label Saddle Creek, and released their first recording with 1995’s Perform You Feel in the home? Comparisons to SUNSHINEY DAY PROPERTY, Pavement, Pixies, and Superchunk adopted, and Commander Venus’ second recording Uneventful Holiday was issued 2 yrs later thanks to Lawn Recordings. Commander Venus disbanded prior to the 10 years ended, nevertheless, and Oberst continued to accomplish both underground and mainstream acclaim with Shiny Eyes.

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Full Name Commander Venus
Music Songs Refused by Light, Life as Expected, We'll Always Have Paris, Jean's TV, The Way Things Had to Be, My Other Car Is a Spaceship, My Collapsing Frame, Dress to Please, The Role of the Hero in Antiquity, Lock n' Chase, The Walk-Around Problem, Do You Feel at Home?, Showcase Showdown, The Raining Holiday, When Two Vowels Go Walking; the First One Does the Talking, Peppermints, Sunny Slope, The Uneventful Vacation, Waiting for Enoch Arden, Radio Announcer, Pennsylvania Made You Sick, Callin' Sooyoung, Judy Blume, It Is Fun to Grow Arnamental Peppers, Bow to the Prom Queen, Bent on Broken Nevrves, Tulane, Lock 'n' Chase, Pay Per View
Albums The Uneventful Vacation, Do You Feel at Home?, Music Me All Over


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1 He made 13 films with Lois Maxwell: Dr. No (1962), From Russia with Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), Operation Kid Brother (1967), You Only Live Twice (1967), On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), Live and Let Die (1973), The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), From Hong Kong with Love (1975), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979).
2 He made 10 films with Desmond Llewelyn: From Russia with Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders (1965), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979).
3 He appeared in three films with Robert Brown, his eventual successor as M: The Third Man (1949), Sink the Bismarck! (1960) and The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). Coincidentally, Geoffrey Keen appeared in all three films.
4 He appeared in ten films with Geoffrey Keen: The New Lot (1943), The Fallen Idol (1948), The Third Man (1949), The Spanish Gardener (1956), Nowhere to Go (1958), Web of Evidence (1959), Sink the Bismarck! (1960), The Angry Silence (1960), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979).
5 He worked with Christopher Lee in Pursuit of the Graf Spee (1956), Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965) and The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) while his grandson Jonny Lee Miller worked with him in Dark Shadows (2012).
6 After losing his wife Gladys in a house fire and most of his money in a mugging, he became suicidally depressed and took to drinking. By chance, he met Richard Burton in a pub shortly thereafter. After hearing of his troubles, Burton wrote Lee a check for $6,000 on the spot. Lee snapped out of his depression, cleared his debts, remarried and continued working up till his death in 1981.
7 Was preparing to reprise the role of "M" in For Your Eyes Only (1981) at the time of his death. As a sign of respect, the script was changed to say that "M" was on leave, rather than recast the role with another actor (which did not occur until Octopussy (1983) in 1983), and scenes originally meant to include "M" were rewritten with other characters, such as "Q" for the confession booth meeting with James Bond (Roger Moore).
8 He and Desmond Llewelyn were the only actors in the James Bond series who never retired or were fired from their roles. Their respective roles of M and Q were only recast because of their deaths.
9 He was seriously ill during the filming of Live and Let Die (1973), causing the producers to consider replacing him with Kenneth More. However Lee recovered sufficiently to play the character M until Moonraker (1979), the last Bond film made before his death from stomach cancer in 1981.
10 While making On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), George Lazenby, who portrayed Bond in the film, was fooling around on horseback and caused Lee to fall into a fence and tear his leg open. As no doctor was available, the local vet stitched the gash up.
11 He was notorious for enjoying a drink, but never let this affect his work. During filming of The Third Man (1949), Lee went missing and the director sent crew to trawl the local bars to find him.
12 A portrait of him (in the character of "M") can be seen briefly in the background of the MI6 castle in the 007 film The World Is Not Enough (1999).
13 He worked as a fruit porter to fund his drama studies.
14 Most famous for playing 'M' in the first 11 James Bond films.
15 Grandfather of Jonny Lee Miller


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Beauty and the Beast 1976 TV Movie Edward Beaumont
Killers 1976 TV Series Thomas Ley
Warship 1976 TV Series Yachtsman
Bons baisers de Hong-Kong 1975 M
Comedy Premiere 1975 TV Series Wally Warner
Against the Crowd 1975 TV Series Beeley
Affairs of the Heart 1975 TV Series Mr. Drury
BBC Play of the Month 1974-1975 TV Series Sir Peter Teazle Hornblower
The Man with the Golden Gun 1974 'M'
Father Brown 1974 TV Series John Raggley
It's Not the Size That Counts 1974 Barraclough
Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell 1974 Tarmut
Vienna 1900 1973 TV Mini-Series Herr Welponer
Follyfoot 1973 TV Series Woodman
Crime of Passion 1973 TV Series Marcel Amiot
Once Upon a Time 1973 TV Series James Cable
Live and Let Die 1973 'M'
The Man Who Died Twice 1973 TV Movie Francis Cumberland
General Hospital 1972-1973 TV Series Harold Brophy
The Pathfinders 1972 TV Series Air Vice Marshal
Danger Point 1971 Captain
Diamonds Are Forever 1971 'M'
The Persuaders! 1971 TV Series Sam Milford
Dulcima 1971 Mr. Gaskain
Long Ago, Tomorrow 1971 Uncle Bob
On Her Majesty's Secret Service 1969 'M'
Crossplot 1969 Chilmore
Strange Report 1969 TV Series Arthur Pater
The Expert 1969 TV Series Harry Kirby
The Champions 1969 TV Series Squires
Journey to the Unknown 1969 TV Series Ben Loker
Journey to Midnight 1968 Ben Loker (episode 'Poor Butterfly')
The Wednesday Play 1968 TV Series Frank Lanton
City '68 1968 TV Series Baxter
The Jazz Age 1968 TV Series Sir James
Public Eye 1968 TV Series Detective Sergeant Davidson
The Gamblers 1967 TV Series Bob Townsend
Mogul 1967 TV Series Bernard Hart
Man in a Suitcase 1967 TV Series Kershaw
Half Hour Story 1967 TV Series Frank Graham
You Only Live Twice 1967 'M'
Operation Kid Brother 1967 Commander Cunningham
Court Martial 1966 TV Series
King of the River 1966 TV Series Joss King
The Baron 1966 TV Series Morgan Travis
Armchair Theatre 1959-1966 TV Series Daniel Whittaker / Tom / Aaronson / ...
Secret Agent 1965-1966 TV Series Derringham / Lord Ammanford
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 1966 TV Series Jeremiah
The Man in a Looking Glass 1965 TV Movie Morgan Travis
Thirty-Minute Theatre 1965 TV Series The Man
Thunderball 1965 'M'
Blackmail 1965 TV Series Steve Bradwell
Love Story 1965 TV Series Henry Golden
The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders 1965 Landlord (uncredited)
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold 1965 Patmore
Two Left Feet 1965 Mr. Crabbe
Dr. Terror's House of Horrors 1965 Hopkins (segment "Creeping Vine")
Thursday Theatre 1965 TV Series Jim Cherry
The Human Jungle 1964 TV Series Jim Garner
Goldfinger 1964 'M'
Who Was Maddox? 1964 Superintendent Meredith
The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre 1960-1964 TV Series Supt. Meredith Superintendant Meredith Inspector Mann
A Place to Go 1964 Matt Flint
Saturday Night Out 1964 George Hudson
Ring of Treason 1964 Henry Houghton
Ghost Squad 1964 TV Series Villager: unknown name
Espionage 1964 TV Series John Neary
From Russia with Love 1963 'M'
The Third Man 1963 TV Series Angus Meyrick
BBC Sunday-Night Play 1961-1962 TV Mini-Series Company Commander / Jack Brown
The L-Shaped Room 1962 Charlie
The Brain 1962 Dr. Frank Shears
Dr. No 1962 M.
The Share Out 1962 Supt. Meredith
The Interrogator 1961 TV Movie Superintendent Farron
O Captain, My Captain 1961 TV Movie Vasco, The Captain
Whistle Down the Wind 1961 Bostock
The Secret Partner 1961 Det. Supt. Frank Hanbury
Fury at Smugglers' Bay 1961 Black John
Clue of the Silver Key 1961 Supt. Meredith
Trouble in the Sky 1960 Capt. George Gort
The Angry Silence 1960 Bert Connolly
Kidnapped 1960 Captain Hoseason
Sink the Bismarck! 1960 Firing Officer (uncredited)
Clue of the Twisted Candle 1960 Supt. Meredith
BBC Sunday-Night Theatre 1955-1959 TV Series Hoederer / Edward Blunt / Hurst / ...
Web of Evidence 1959 Patrick Mathry
ITV Play of the Week 1959 TV Series Det. Insp. Lunt
Breakout 1959 Lt. Col. Huxley
Nowhere to Go 1958 Victor Sloane, alias Lee Henderson
The Man Upstairs 1958 The Inspector
ITV Television Playhouse 1955-1958 TV Series Cornelius / Prison Governor / William Lotless
The Key 1958 Cmdr. Wadlow
Dunkirk 1958 Charles Foreman
High Flight 1957 Flight Sergeant Harris
Across the Bridge 1957 Chief Inspector Hadden
Fire Down Below 1957 Doctor Sam
The Spanish Gardener 1956 Leighton Bailey
Pursuit of the Graf Spee 1956 Captain Dove - M.S. Africa Shell
Lilli Palmer Theatre 1956 TV Series Candleblow Smith
Rheingold Theatre 1955 TV Series Rudi Lankert
PT Raiders 1955 The Customs Officer
Out of the Clouds 1955 Customs Officer
Sweet Coz 1955 TV Movie Job
The Purple Plain 1954 Dr. Harris
Crest of the Wave 1954 Seaman 'Lofty' Turner
The Detective 1954 Inspector Valentine
The Rainbow Jacket 1954 Racketeer (uncredited)
Beat the Devil 1953 Insp. Jack Clayton
Sailor of the King 1953 Petty Officer 'Stokes' Wheatley
The Yellow Balloon 1953 Constable Chapman
Glory at Sea 1952 A.S. 'Stripey' Wood
Mr. Denning Drives North 1951 Inspector Dodds
Island Rescue 1951 Brigadier
Calling Bulldog Drummond 1951 Col. Webson
White Corridors 1951 Burgess
Fortune in Diamonds 1951 Jack O'Connell
Cage of Gold 1950 Inspector Grey
Odette 1950 Jack
Last Holiday 1950 Inspector Wilton
Operation Disaster 1950 Cmdr. Gates
The Blue Lamp 1950 Inspector Cherry
The Third Man 1949 Sgt. Paine
I Have Been Here Before 1949 TV Movie Walter Ormund
Elizabeth of Ladymead 1948 John Beresford in 1903
Quartet 1948 Prison Visitor (segment "The Kite")
The Fallen Idol 1948 Detective Hart
The Adventures of Dusty Bates 1947 Captain Ford
Kathy's Love Affair 1947 Colonel Gascoyne
This Man Is Mine 1946 James Nicholls
The New Lot 1943 Short Interviewing Officer (uncredited)
Once a Crook 1941 Duke
Spare a Copper 1940 Jake
To Hell with Hitler 1940 Oscar
The Frozen Limits 1939 Bill McGrew
Murder in the Night 1939 Roy Barnes
Love from a Stranger 1938 TV Movie Bruce Lovell
The Terror 1938 Ferdy Fane
The Black Tulip 1937 William Of Orange
Rhodes 1936 Cartwright
The River House Mystery 1935 Wade Belloc
The Double Event 1934 Dennison
Dangerous Davies: The Last Detective 1981 TV Movie Sergeant Ben
Moonraker 1979 M
The Foundation 1977-1978 TV Series Eddie Prince
Sense of Place 1978 TV Series Man
A Christmas Carol 1977 TV Movie Ghost of Christmas Present
The Spy Who Loved Me 1977 M

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Animal Kwackers 1975 TV Series deviser

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Star Games 1980 TV Series Himself
Swiss Movement 1969 Documentary short Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Taking Over the Asylum: The Making of Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell 2013 Video documentary short Tarmut (uncredited)
Press Day in Portugal 2006 Video documentary short M (Vice Admiral Sir Miles Messervy KCMG)
Escape from Atlantis: Storyboard Sequence 2006 Video M (Vice Admiral Sir Miles Messervy KCMG)
From Russia with Love 2005 Video Game M (Vice Admiral Sir Miles Messervy KCMG)
Happy Anniversary Mr. Bond 2002 TV Movie documentary M (Vice Admiral Sir Miles Messervy KCMG)
Best Ever Bond 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Premiere Bond: Die Another Day 2002 TV Movie documentary M (uncredited)
Inside 'Diamonds Are Forever' 2000 Video documentary short M (Vice Admiral Sir Miles Messervy KCMG)
Inside 'From Russia with Love' 2000 Video documentary short M (Vice Admiral Sir Miles Messervy KCMG)
Inside 'Moonraker' 2000 Video documentary short M (Vice Admiral Sir Miles Messervy KCMG)
Inside 'The Man with the Golden Gun' 2000 Video documentary short M (Vice Admiral Sir Miles Messervy KCMG)
Inside 'The Spy Who Loved Me' 2000 Video documentary short M
Inside Q's Lab 2000 Video documentary short Himself
Ken Adam: Designing Bond 2000 Video documentary short M (uncredited)
Sir John Mills' Moving Memories 2000 Video documentary Himself
Terence Young: Bond Vivant 2000 Video documentary short M (Vice Admiral Sir Miles Messervy KCMG) (uncredited)
Inside 'Dr. No' 2000 Video documentary short M (Vice Admiral Sir Miles Messervy KCMG)
Inside 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' 2000 Video documentary short M (Vice Admiral Sir Miles Messervy KCMG)
The James Bond Story 1999 TV Movie documentary M (uncredited)
The Secrets of 007: The James Bond Files 1997 TV Movie documentary M (uncredited)
Behind the Scenes with 'Thunderball' 1995 Video documentary Himself / M
Peter Cushing: A One-Way Ticket to Hollywood 1989 TV Movie documentary Black John
James Bond: The First 21 Years 1983 TV Movie documentary M
Welcome to Japan, Mr. Bond 1967 TV Movie M (Vice Admiral Sir Miles Messervy KCMG)
The Incredible World of James Bond 1965 TV Movie documentary M (Vice Admiral Sir Miles Messervy KCMG)
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 1963 TV Series Captain Hoseason
Dr. No Featurette 1963 Documentary short M (Vice Admiral Sir Miles Messervy KCMG)

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