Jaws Actor Richard Kiel has Passed Away – Should Bond 24 be Dedicated to Him?

Jaws KielSadly Richard Kiel, a legend amongst Bond fans, has passed away whilst in hospital.

I don’t like doing these posts that mark an actors death for a few reasons; firstly because how much can you really write without having known the person, secondly because they are damn hard to write and thirdly because all too often you suspect that the increase in traffic is a factor in why the post has been written. Therefore I rarely mark these moments unless I actually have something to say.

It’s hard to summarise just quite what an impact Kiel’s performance in The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker had on both the Bond franchise and the following cinematic landscape. Bradshaw has made the point today (here) that his portrayal paved the way for the Terminator, even down to the character switching sides in the second film. Due to the impact that Kiel had there are people murmuring online that Bond 24 should be dedicated to Kiel’s memory and I have to say that I completely agree. Not only because his contribution to the franchise is more than worthy of a tribute like that, but also because the film is supposedly looking to cast an instantly iconic henchman in the vein of Jaws, an element  which will make the tribute just that extra bit special and moving.

This year we’ve already said difficult goodbyes to great cinematic icons such as Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Williams, Lauren Bacall, Richard Attenborough, Eli Wallach,  Bob Hoskins, Shirley Temple, Rik Mayall and Harold Ramis and now we have to add Kiel to that list. With this post I just wanted to add my voice to those who are calling for a dedication to a man who reportedly was as big hearted as he was built, and who was a major part in my childhood spent pouring over James Bond magazines and acting out the fight scenes with figures and toy cars. Kiel was a well loved and respected figure amongst fans and, in a year where the legends really seem to be leaving us, it will be excellent to see him honoured by the series 36 years after he last appeared as Jaws.


    1. Thanks buddy, such a shame he has gone.

  1. Nice post man. I also don’t really like doing these kinds of posts, basically for the reasons you mentioned above. Occasionally though, when those in question have had a profound impact on me, I will though. The only three I’ve done (Williams, Seymour Hoffman and Kiel) have all been this year which is a major bummer.

    I had never thought about it, but would be very cool for Bond 24 to pay tribute to Kiel in some way. I really hope they do. The character of Jaws was one of the first things that really sparked my love of all things James Bond. Which continues to this day.

    1. Glad that you agree it should be in tribute, I think that is definitely the right move.

      Yeah these posts are just horrible to try and write, and we have lost so many greats this year…

  2. Nice little Tribute. Yes, Bond 24 should be dedicated to Kiel’s memory, I agree too.

    1. Glad to hear people agree, and thank you.

  3. Interesting, I was trying to look up if other important Bond figures have received dedications; Derek Meddings did in GoldenEye, Cubby Broccoli in Tomorrow Never Dies, & Desmond Llewelyn in The World is Not Enough apparently, but there don’t seem to have been dedications for (for instance) Sir Ian Fleming, Bernard Lee, Terence Young, Peter Hunt or John Barry. Agree a Richard Kiel dedication would be cool, especially with a Jaws-style baddy in the movie.

    1. That’s a lot of missed dedications, it’s particularly incredible to see Fleming was ignored…

      1. Feming died in 1964 & while he visited the set of Goldfinger, he never got to see it; I wonder if the lack of dedication is to do with the films still being new enough that they hadn’t built up a sense of historical legacy yet. Or maybe the Goldfinger credits were compiled too late to include one; I heard someone on Dr. No had their credit missed. Broccoli didn’t want to re-do the sequence, so he paid him compensation instead. Or maybe dedications were just less common back then, I don’t know. I do reckon if he’d died in, say, the 1980s or later they would have included a dedication. I guess they made up for it by third-billing him in every Bond film, even those not based on his works: “Albert R. Broccoli’s Eon Productions Present [actor] as Ian Fleming’s JAMES BOND in…[film]”

        1. *Fleming, & it should say “maybe the Goldfinger credits were compiled too early”, not too late.

        2. I would have guessed that it was the lacking in historical legacy which was responsible, as there must have been a way of altering the credits for someone as important as Flemming.
          Easily by the 80’s he would have been included. Probably mid 70’s at least.

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