James Bond star David Hedison dead
James Bond star David Hedison has died at the age of 92, in Los Angeles on Thursday.
The American actor portrayed CIA agent Feliz Leiter alongside Roger Moore in Live And Let Die in 1973 and with Timothy Dalton in Licence To Kill in 1989 in the 007 installments.
Hedison passed away with his daughters Alexandra and Serena at his side, a representative for the family confirmed.
The official James Bond twitter led the tributes to Hedison with a throwback picture of the actor in character as CIA agent Feliz.
Accompanied with the picture, the tweet read: ‘We are very sorry to learn that David Hedison has passed away.
‘David played Felix Leiter in LIVE AND LET DIE (1973) opposite Sir Roger Moore, he returned to the role in 1989 with Timothy Dalton as James Bond, in LICENCE TO KILL. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.’
His daughters said in a statement: ‘Even in our deep sadness, we are comforted by the memory of our wonderful father.
‘He loved us all dearly and expressed that love every day. He was adored by so many, all of whom benefited from his warm and generous heart.
‘Our dad brought joy and humour wherever he went and did so with great style.’
His family said the American actor entertained friends and family with his positive attitude and ‘wicked’ sense of humour.
The film star began his acting career under the name Al Hedison.
But by 1959, he took his middle name David after signing a contract with Twentieth Century Fox.
As well as the 007 movies, Hedison played scientist Andre Delambre who turned into an insect in 1958 sci-fi classic The Fly.
He branched out into television during his career where he portrayed Captain Lee Crane in long-running sci-fi series Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea.
Hedison also played Spencer Harrison on the daytime series Another World.