Dilettante Bond fans who gripe that the Roger Moore–era films began to parody themselves often point to this 7'2", steel-toothed henchman buffoon as Exhibit A. Real Bond fans, however, know that Richard’s Jaws is a big reason The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker are impossible to turn off when they come on TV at 10 o’clock at night. Born in Detroit in 1939, Richard was acting, writing and producing his way through show business before being hired to kill 007. Originally set to be offed in The Spy Who Loved Me, he proved so popular with test audiences that he was spared. Virtually impossible to kill — he survived a fall from a plane, a Peter Pan over a waterfall, ejection from a moving train and a plummet from space — Jaws only had one line despite all this screen time. It was a champagne toast to his girlfriend, Dolly: “Well, here’s to us.” Right back at you, big guy.
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