The James Bond family has lost a member. Geoffrey Keen, who played The Minister of Defense in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Moonraker (1979), For Your Eyes Only (1981), Octopussy (1983), A View to a Kill (1985) and The Living Daylights (1987), passed away on November 3, 2005, at the age of 89.
Actor Geoffrey Keen
Among Keen’s 100 film credits were Genevieve (1953), Doctor in the House (1954), The Long Arm (1956), The Spiral Road (1962), and Taste The Blood of Dracula (1969). Keen also appeared the David Lean classic, Doctor Zhivago (1965).
By the 1970s Keen’s big-screen career consisted mainly of his appearances in the Bond movies. However, there was a steady stream of theatrical engagements, as well as an increasing involvement in television. His most memorable small screen role was his portrayal of Brian Stead, a ruthless oil company chairman, in Troubleshooters.
The Living Daylights signaled his retirement at the age of 71. Since the death of his third wife, Doris, Keen lived a quiet life in Surrey. He no longer enjoyed watching the films in which he appeared, calling them “ghosts which will only haunt me”.
Keen is survived by his daughter and by his second wife.
CBn offeres its sincere condolences to the Keen family.