Tommy Lane dies: James Bond star dies aged 83

Lane is known for her role in the 007 series (Image: Rex/MGM)

Tommy Lane, who appeared in Shaft as well as James BondLive And Let Die, has passed away at the age of 83.

According to Variety, his daughter Kamala confirmed Lane died Monday at Florida Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale following a bout of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

During Lane’s career, he worked on films including 1970’s Cotton Comes to Harlem and 1983’s Blue Skies Again, but it was the 1973 Bond classic Live and Let Die as well as the action flick. Shaft detective action for which he is best known.

In Gordon Parks’ 1971 film Shaft, his character Leroy met a macabre end after the gangster hired by crime boss Harlem Bumpy (Moses Gunn) fell out of a Quang Ninh office window. John Shaft’s Times School in a battle with Richard Roundtree’s famed private detective.

When it comes to Bond, Lane starred in 007 alongside Sir Roger Moore. In the series, he plays Adam, one of Kananga’s henchmen, who chases Bond on a speedboat off the coast of the fictional island of San Monique.

In the role, he said: ‘You made a mistake on that island, Bond. You took something that doesn’t belong to you. And you got it from a friend of Mr. Big. That kind of mistake is very difficult to correct. ‘

Lane’s character confronts Bond (Image: Moviestore/REX/Shutterstock)
He plays a classic henchman (Image: Danjaq/Eon/Ua/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock)

Lane’s first credits came on TV, where he appeared on the NBC show Flipper in 1964. He would then return to TV with the show Simon & Simon in 1983.

He went on to star in the films Shamus (1973), Ganja & Hess (also 1973), The Pilot in 1980, Eureka in 1983 and Virtual Weapon in 1997.

The Miami-born actor plays Tommy Lee Jones, also an accomplished jazz musician who played trumpet and flugelhorn at New York City’s Blue Note throughout the ’80s.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lane is survived by his wife, Raquel Bastias-Lane; seven children; stepchild; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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