Philip Locke

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Philip Locke
Philip Lockevargas.jpg
Locke as Vargas in Thunderball 1965
Born Roy James Locke
(1928-03-29)29 March 1928
Marylebone, London, UK, UK
Died 19 April 2004(2004-04-19) (aged 76)
Dedham, Essex, England, UK
Years active 1956–1998

Philip Locke (29 March 1928, London – 19 April 2004) was an English actor.

He is possibly best known for his role as villainous SPECTRE underling Vargas in the 1965 James Bond film Thunderball. His character "gets the point" from Sean Connery's 007 after being shot with a harpoon gun. "Vargas does not drink, Vargas does not smoke!"


Early career[edit]

He trained at RADA and played many Shakespearian characters at The Royal Court Theatre.


On television, he will be remembered by fans of the science fiction series Doctor Who for his appearance in the 1982 serial Four to Doomsday as Bigon. Other TV credits include: The Baron, The Avengers, The Saint, The Champions, Department S, Z-Cars, Pennies from Heaven, The Omega Factor, Bergerac, Inspector Morse, Jeeves and Wooster, Minder, Antony and Cleopatra, and Ivanhoe.


A member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, he also played "Professor Moriarty" on Broadway in Sherlock Holmes in 1974–76 and appeared in Amadeus at the National Theatre.

Personal life[edit]

Locke, who was gay, was survived by his companion Michael Ivan.[1]



  1. ^ Philip Locke. The Daily Telegraph. 24 April 2004. Retrieved 2 January 2014.

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