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AN INTERVIEW WITH EARL CAMERON
|For the 50th anniversary of James Bond on the big screen, From Sweden with Love (Anders Frejdh) caught up with Earl Cameron, the acclaimed actor from Thunderball (1965).
>READ OUR INTERVIEW WITH EARL CAMERON HERE
About Earl Cameron:
Born in Bermuda in 1917, Earl Cameron arrived in London in 1939 after joining the Bermudan merchant navy. While working as a dishwasher at the Strand Corner House ("The only job a young black man could get at the time"), Cameron went along to watch a friend, who had a small in part in the 1942 Palace Theatre production of Chu Chin Chow. He was sufficiently impressed to suggest to the friend that acting was something he might like to try. As luck would have it, an extra failed to show for a performance and so Cameron was allowed his first, and by his own account, 'petrified' venture into the spotlight.
Cameron secured his first speaking role as Joseph, in the 1942 Globe production of The Petrified Forest, mainly because his Bermudan accent sounded American. Other stage work followed and soon, armed only with a few elocution lessons, he began to compile what remains a substantial body of film and television work. In his first feature, Pool of London (1951), Cameron became the first black British actor to secure a leading role in a feature film.
In 1965 he played Pinder, Bond’s second ally in Thunderball, who operates the Bahamas branch of the British Secret Service. Pinder first meets Bond and Leiter where he takes them to his headquarters behind a shop in the marketplace of Nassau. There, Q provides Bond with the latest gadgets, and photos taken from the Infra-Red Camera are developed. From there plans are made to infiltrate Emilio Largo’s estate Palmyra.
Earl Cameron’s other film credits include Flame In The Streets (1961), Guns at Batasi (1964), The Sandwich Man (1966) and Cuba (1979), the latter with Sean Connery in the leading role. His numerous television appearances include Waking The Dead (2003), Kavanagh QC (1997), Lovejoy (1994), The Zoo Gang (1974), Dixon of Dock Green (1968), The Prisoner (1967), Dr Who (1966), Danger Man (1961) and The Buccaneers (1956).
If you wish to have Earl Cameron's autograph, go to Bondstars.
Other interviews with people from the world of Bond on From Sweden with Love:
>Martine Beswicke (October 2012)
>Neal Purvis and Robert Wade (September 2012)
>Terry Bamber (September 2012)
>Lana Wood (August 2012)
>Lynn-Holly Johnson (August 2012)
>Shane Rimmer (June 2012)
>Christopher Wood (May 2012)
>Andreas Wisniewski (April 2012)
>Ola Rapace (April 2012)
>Anne Lönnberg (Mars 2012)
>Robert Davi (December 2011)
>Béatrice Libert (November 2011)
>Vic Armstrong (October 2011)
>Doug Redenius (May 2011)
>Bettine Le Beau (April 2011)
>Jeffery Deaver (April 2011)
>Martin Grace (January 2010)
>Bob Dix (August 2009)
>Britt Ekland (June 2009)
>Eight James Bond film directors (Winter 2009)
>Sean Connery (January 2009)
>David Hedison (June 2008)
>Sean Connery (April 2008)
>John Glen (September 2007)
>Terence Mountain (April 2007)
>Stanley Morgan (April 2007)
>Albert Moses (October 2006)
>Virginia Hey (October 2006)
>Dolph Lundgren (June 2006)
>Sir Roger Moore (March 2006)
>Guy Hamilton (March 2006)
>Nic Raine (March 2006)
>Richard Kiel (March 2006)
>Hilary Saltzman (January 2006)
>Papillon Soo Soo (September 2004)
>Roger Spottiswoode (April 2004)
>Greg Powell (May 2001)
>Doug Robinson (May 2001)
>Roy Alon (May 2000)
>Nick Wilkinson (May 2000)
>Sarah Donohue (May 2000)
>Eunice Huthart (May 2000)
Earl Cameron as Pinder, with Sean Connery as James Bond, in a scene from Thunderball. Photo courtsey of Bondstars. © EON Productions. All rights reserved.
For a full listing of Earl Cameron's career in films, check out his profile on IMDB: