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Bill Tanner - James Bond, 007


Bill Tanner

Bill Tanner is a fictional male human spy who works for MI6 in the James Bond, 007 franchise. He has been portrayed on screen by Michael Goodliffe, James Villers, Michael Kitchen, Rory Kinnear. Bill Tanner is `M` Chief of Staff, a character who appears infrequently in films and in the books. Bill Tanner is a strong advocate of James Bond, someone who will defend his friend whenever it is needed. Bill Tanners biggest appearance is in `For Your Eyes Only` as the actor who had played `M` had just died and they thought it was too disrespectful to cast someone in the role of `M` so soon after the actor death. Unlike Bond, Tanner does not go on missions. His character appeared every so often but since Quantum of Solace, he character has become regularly. Although at the time of writing, he`s only appeared in the two films, it is a strong possibility that his character will appear as much as Miss Moneypenny does.

In the books, Bill is the only one friend that James Bond can truly rely on, the others just see James as being a cold-hearted assassin and want nothing to do with him. In the updated Bond films with Daniel Craig, he might`ve come across as a secretary to M, his brief later moves away from just being a "P.A." to providing Bond with help and assistance. Although he occassionally appeared in the films, since Rory Kinnear took over the character, his character has become a regular.

Bill Tanner Fact File


Gender/SexMale
Alien RaceHuman
AllegianceMI6
  
ActorMichael Goodliffe, James Villers, Michael Kitchen, Rory Kinnear

Copyright: MGM/UA




Associated Characters

Felix LeiterMMr White  

Associated Spaceships

Moonraker    

Associated Films

A View to a KillCasino Royale 1967Casino Royale 2006
Diamonds Are ForeverDie Another DayDr. No
For Your Eyes OnlyFrom Russia With LoveGoldeneye
GoldfingerLicence to KillLive and Let Die
MoonrakerNever Say Never AgainOctopussy
On Her Majesty's Secret ServiceQuantum of SolaceSkyfall
SpectreThe Living DaylightsThe Man with the Golden Gun
The Spy Who Loved MeThe World is Not EnoughThunderball
Tomorrow Never DiesYou Only Live Twice 


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