Robert Brown

Robert Brown

Highest Rated: 90% Billy Budd (1962)

Lowest Rated: 38% A View to a Kill (1985)

Birthday: Jul 23, 1921

Birthplace: Swanage, Dorset, England, UK

English actor Robert Brown was best known for playing the character of M, fictional head of the British Secret Service, in four James Bond movies beginning in 1983 after the death of the role's originator, Bernard Lee. A classically trained stage actor, Brown began his screen career with small, often uncredited work in films like the acclaimed adaptation of the Graham Greene thriller "The Third Man" (1949) and the Grecian epic "Helen of Troy" (1956). Brown was also a staple on British television, where he developed a fortuitous friendship with dashing leading man Roger Moore on the series "Ivanhoe" (ITV, 1958-59) and "The Saint" (ITV, 1962-69). He later appeared opposite Moore's 007 for the first time as a stuffy navy admiral in "The Spy Who Loved Me" (1977) and after the passing of Lee in 1981, it was Moore who recommended Brown for the vacated role. He began his tour of duty as the taciturn M with "Octopussy" (1983), continued for "A View to a Kill" (1985) and stuck around for the Timothy Dalton years in the later entries "The Living Daylights" (1987) and "License to Kill" (1989). Having gone into retirement after this last effort, Brown remained a beloved addition to the cinematic mythology of Bond with appreciative fans of the indomitable franchise.


Highest Rated Movies



78% 61% Licence to Kill M (Character) $34.7M 1989
73% 66% The Living Daylights M (Character) $51.2M 1987
38% 40% A View to a Kill M (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet 43% Warlords of Atlantis Briggs (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet 1,000 Convicts and a Woman Unknown (Character) - 1971
64% 36% One Million Years B.C. Akhoba (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Clash by Night Mawsley (Character) - 1965
90% 86% Billy Budd Talbot (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sands of the Desert 1st Tourist (Character) - 1960
67% 56% Shake Hands With the Devil First Sergeant 'Black & Tans' (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet It Takes a Thief Bob Crowther (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Steel Bayonet Sgt. Maj. Gill (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Passport to Shame Mike (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 25% Campbell's Kingdom Ben Creasy (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 53% The Abominable Snowman of the Himalayas Ed Shelley (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 59% Helen of Troy Polydorus (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Large Rope Mick Jordan (Character) - 1953


83% No Score Yet All Creatures Great and Small Unknown (Character) 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Maude Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shane Warren Eliot (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Avengers Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Saint Jackman (Guest Star) 1963-1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet H.G. Wells' Invisible Man Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ivanhoe Gurth (Character) 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Colonel March of Scotland Yard Hastings (Guest Star) 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rheingold Theatre Surgeon Lt. Donald Reynell, RCNVR (Character) 1955-1956


"M" says: 007 You Had no business bidding on that egg! and what would you have done if you got it?

James Bond says: l would have claimed it was a fake, sir, and not paid.

"M" says: Not Paid?

James Bond says: Here's the original. l switched it with the fake during the auction.

"M" says: Good God! And what happens when the buyer discovers that?

James Bond says: Well, he complains. lf he's legitimate.

"M" says: well

James Bond says: l don't think he will complain.