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In Memoriam of French actor Hervé Villechaize (1943-1993)

By: Steven Jay Rubin
Hervé Villechaize The Man with the Golden Gun
The James Bond Movie Encyclopedia presents This Day in James Bond History - honoring the memory of Herve Villechaize, who passed away on this day in 1993 at age 50. Herve portrayed Nick Nack, the diminutive servant/assistant to Christopher Lee's Scaramanga in the second Roger Moore 007 adventure, The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), directed by Guy Hamilton.

Well-known to television audiences from Fantasy Island ("Da plane, da plane."), Villechaize brought Nick Nack to life and added an exotic color to a Bond film, which played to Roger's light comedy strengths.

For my money, Nick Nack is actually much more sinister than Scaramanga himself. Whether he's delivering tabasco sauce to a sunbathing Scaramanga, chewing on peanuts behind Bond at the fights, or working the controls at the fun house, Herve is just a lot of fun.

When we held the James Bond Weekend at the Playboy Club in Los Angeles in 1981, he was a featured guest - and everyone loved having him there.

A clip with Herve Villechaize as Nick Nack in The Man with the Golden Gun

He might have stood 3' 11", but Hervé Villechaize personality and presence was larger than life.

Copyright © 2020 Steven Jay Rubin. All rights reserved.

Editor's Note: In 2018, My Dinner with Hervé: His Real Life Was the Biggest Fantasy of All, a feature film based on the life of Hervé Villechaize starring Peter Dinklage, premiered on HBO.



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