EXPIRED: 10/19/09 – Joseph Wiseman, 91, was born in Montreal and became an actor best known for saying No.
Released in 1962, the first James Bond film, Dr. No, was a smash, and Wiseman as Dr. Julius No, was the first in a long line of arch villains living in remote hidden enclaves with crazy schemes to do great harm to humanity.
Starring Sean Connery and Ursula Andress, Dr. No was a hit But it could have been someone else’s. Ian Fleming, the writer who created the character of 007, wanted Noel Coward for the role of Dr. Julius No and David Niven for the role of Bond.
While he continued to work in films until 1988, he concentrated on the theatre and made a home near Broadway. Like all Manhattan-based New Yorkers, he took some parts in NYPD Blue and Law & Order.
Following the death of Charles Gray in 2000 – Gray played the arch-villain Blofeld in the James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever — Wiseman was the last surviving arch villain of the James Bond films that Sean Connery made for United Artists.