Vladek Sheybal may have come over here from Eastern Europe for a career of Bloc-parts, but Essex-born Francis De Wolff had the monopoly on the, well, ‘swarthier’ end of the Euro role. Whatever the nationality though, De Wolff was genuinely not to be trusted. From Bond’s uneasy ally as the gypsy camp leader in From Russia With Love to, at the other end of the social scale, the owner of the big rival cinema in The Smallest Show on Earth, you wouldn’t trust the man as far as you could throw him.
FINEST HOUR: The mysterious and menacing Black Dog in the famed Robert Newton edition of Treasure Island. A bad ‘un and no mistake.