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James Bree (actor)

James Rutherfoord Worsfold Thomson (20 July 1923 – 1 December 2008[1]), known professionally as James Bree, was a British actor who played many supporting roles in both film and television.[2]

James Bree
Born James Rutherfoord Worsfold Thomson
(1923-07-20)20 July 1923
East Coker, Somerset, England
Died 1 December 2008(2008-12-01) (aged 85)
London, England
Occupation Actor
Partner(s) Albert Yates

Bree was educated at Radley College near Abingdon, Oxfordshire and during the Second World War served in the RAF. He later trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. He changed his surname to Thomson-Bree after inheriting land from his great-uncle, Archdeacon William Bree.[3]

He was probably best known for playing Gumbold in the 1969 James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service and for his role as Uncle Arthur in The Jewel in the Crown.[4]

Bree notably played three roles in the classic Doctor Who series. He played the Security Chief in the 1969 Patrick Troughton story The War Games, Nefred in the 1980 Tom Baker story Full Circle and Keeper of the Matrix in the 1986 Colin Baker story The Ultimate Foe.[5]

He died in December 2008, aged 85, after a long illness.[4]





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  2. ^ "James Bree". 
  3. ^ Anthony Hayward Obituary: James Bree, The Independent, 6 March 2009
  4. ^ a b Pensotti, George (17 February 2009). "James Bree". The Stage. The Stage Newspaper. Retrieved 19 February 2009. 
  5. ^ "The War Games, Season 6, Doctor Who - The Fourth Dimension - BBC One". 

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