JAWS IS DEAD: 7ft 2in James Bond Villain, Richard Kiel-74, Passed Away In California

The famous James Bond villain, Richard Kiel, has passed away at the age of 74 in a California hospital. See below…

Tributes have poured in for the actor Richard Kiel, best known for his role as the steel-toothed villain Jaws in two 1970s James Bond films, who died yesterday aged 74.

The statuesque 7ft 2in actor portrayed the mercenary assassin Jaws in the 1977 movie The Spy Who Loved Me and the 1979 thriller Moonraker both opposite Sir Roger Moore as Agent 007.

Kiel died yesterday afternoon at a hospital in Fresno, California, according to a report on Wednesday by TMZ.

Sir Roger Moore, 86, took to Twitter to express his grief at the sad news, posting: ‘I am totally distraught to learn of my dear friend Richard Kiel’s passing.

‘We were on a radio programme together just a week ago. Distraught.’

He later added: ‘Can’t take it in’.

Former NFL player Carl Waethers, who appeared in 1996’s Happy Gilmore and 1978’s Force 10 from Navarone alongside Kiel, tweeted: ‘RIP Richard Kiel. Had the pleasure to work with you twice. #BePeace.’

American actress, Barbara Eden, who appeared with the actor in the sitcom, I Dream of Jeannie, also wrote: ‘Many fond memories of Richard Kiel, sweet man & gentle giant. My thoughts & prayers to his family & friends. -Barbara.’

Read more: Daily Mail

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