Bradford pays tribute to bond villain actor Richard Kiel who passed away aged 74

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Bond fans across Bradford have paid tribute to American actor, Richard Kiel, best known as Iconic steel-toothed villain Jaws, who died at 74.

The towering 7ft 2ins Kiel, who starred in Bond movies The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker, passed away at a hospital in California, yesterday.

Bradford’s National Media Museum Projection Manager, Duncan McGregor met  the actor when he visited the city in 2004 to promote his book, Making It Big in the Movies.

Mr McGregor said he felt it was the actor’s distinct look and polite manner made him popular with the Bond faithful.

He said: “They loved this animated villain who seemed indestructible who had these steel teeth that could bite through steel cable.

“When he came to Bradford there were children crying outside because the event he came to was sold out. That was how popular he was.

“But in real life he was a humble person, a complete opposite to his on-screen character, and seemed grateful for the success that his role in Bond brought him.

“He was an incredibly polite chap to meet.”

Kiel also featured in Happy Gilmore and The Wild, Wild West. He is survived by his wife and four children.

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