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Sir Roger Moore 'totally distraught' about Kiel death

Sir Roger Moore has tweeted his shock at the death of his James Bond co-star Richard Kiel, who played iconic villain Jaws in two of the series' films.

Kiel's death at 74 comes a week after the pair appeared together on BBC Radio 4's The Reunion programme.

Sir Roger Moore starred as James Bond alongside Richard Kiel in 1976's The Spy Who Loved Me and 1979's Moonraker. Credit: Sport and General/S&G Barratts/EMPICS Archive

'Jaws' Bond villain Richard Kiel dies aged 74

Richard Kiel in Las Vegas in 2008. Credit: PA

Richard Kiel, best known for playing the villain Jaws in two James Bond films, has passed away aged 74.

Mr Kiel, who towered over Bond Sir Roger Moore at 7ft 2in, portrayed steel-toothed assassin Jaws in the 1977 movie the Spy Who Loved Me and the 1979 thriller Moonraker.

He passed away at the Saint Agnes Medical Center in California on Wednesday afternoon.

The actor, who's abnormal height was the result of a condition called acromegaly, had been admitted last week for a broken leg. It is unclear if his death is in anyway linked.

Moore fondly remembered his co-star in his 2009 memoir, My Word Is My Bond, and described Mr Kiel as "so kind, so gentle".

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Judi Dench: Failing eyesight has left me unable to read

Dame Judi Dench said she remains inspired to continue acting despite her failing eyesight. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

Dame Judi Dench has revealed a degenerative eyesight condition has left her unable to read.

The Oscar-winning actress, 79, told The Hollywood Reporter she has suffered a gradual loss of vision due to a macular degeneration that also afflicated her mother.

"I never want to make much of it, but it is difficult - very, very difficult," Dame Judi told the US showbiz magazine.

"I can't read anymore. I can't paint like I used to. I try to watch movies, but it's quite difficult.

"But these are all of the negatives. I don't want to really think about all that. What I can do, I do. And I somehow get by."

Dame Judi previously admitted to getting friends and colleagues to read scripts to her, as Steve Coogan did for their recent hit Philomena, for which she has received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress.

She said, though, that the practice was also an indulgence.

"I suppose it's the child in me," she said. "I think somebody coming around and telling you a story is irresistible."

Spy chief: Working at MI6 'not like James Bond'

Daniel Craig as James Bond in Skyfall. Credit: United Artists Corporation handout

Working at MI6 is not like James Bond, one of the security chiefs told MPs that operatives are given far more supervision.

"The idea of sending an agent off into the field like James Bond, then he comes back two months later and reports... that doesn't work that way," Sir John Sawers, chief of MI6, said. "Our people in the field will have constant communication with us."

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