Robert Rietti, 007 voiceover artist, dies at 92

Emilo Largo (Adolfo Celi) was dubbed over by Robert Rietti

When Largo appeared in Thunderball, American audiences saw Adolfo Celi’s face but heard Robert Rietti’s voice.

Robert Rietti, an actor who dubbed over a number of characters in James Bond films, died earlier this month at 92, according to obituaries in THE TIMES OF LONDON and THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.

Rietti’s participation in 007 films went all the way back to the first, 1962’s Dr. No. He dubbed over Timothy Moxon’s lines as Strangways, the doomed head of the Kingston station of British intelligence.

Rietti also dubbed over Adolfo Celi’s Emilo Largo in Thunderball, Testuro Tamba’s Tiger Tanaka in You Only Live Twice and a bald villain intended to evoke Ernst Stavo Blofeld (but who officially wasn’t the SPECTRE chief because of rights disputes) in For Your Eyes Only. Thus, it was Rietty who uttered the line, “I’ll buy you a delicatessen in stainless steel!”

With Thunderball, American audiences heard the real voices of Celi and Claudine Auger as Domino in a that clip that was part of the television special The Incredible World of James Bond, which aired in November 1965. But they heard Rietti’s voice paired with Nikki Van der Zyl’s the next month when Thunderball arrived in theaters.

Van der Zyl was even more of a 007 veteran at that point, doing voice work on the three previous 007 films, including dubbing over Ursula Andress in Dr. No.

You can CLICK HERE to view Rietti’s IMDB.com bio (where his name is spelled Rietty), which lists 256 acting credits.

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2 Responses

  1. I find dubbing actor’s truly amazing, I viewed a short documentary of
    the british film institute about the late Robert rietti on yutube over
    the weekend, very interesting and informative about his career as
    a dubbing voice-over actor.
    what I found fascinating is his many years in the business, according
    to rietti many stars and child stars especially. their careers has not
    last as long as his voice-over career has.
    his dubbing work on the bond movies are amazing and today stand’s
    as testimony of his artistry. the late Robert rietti r.i.p
    however the other dubbing voice over artist van der zyl who dubbed
    over actress Ursula andress in ‘dr,no (1962) is again truly amazing
    but to my understanding even british actress Shirley eaton was
    dubbed in ‘goldfinger'(1964) true or false ?

  2. Shirley Eaton was dubbed.

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