Peter Burton

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Peter Burton
Q by Peter Burton.jpg
Burton as Major Boothroyd in Dr. No.
Born (1921-04-04)4 April 1921
Bromley, Kent, England
Died 21 November 1989(1989-11-21) (aged 68)
London, England
Cause of death Heart attack
Nationality British
Years active 1950-1990

Peter Burton (4 April 1921 – 21 November 1989) was an English film and television actor.

Early life[edit]

Peter Burton was born in Bromley, Kent.


He is perhaps best known for being the first actor to portray Major Boothroyd, better known as Q, in the first James Bond film, Dr. No (1962). Due to a scheduling conflict, Burton was not available to reprise the role for From Russia with Love (1963) and therefore was replaced by longtime Q actor Desmond Llewelyn. Despite never reprising his role as Q, Burton did, however, make two uncredited reappearances in Bond movies, first as an RAF officer in Thunderball (1965), and later as a secret agent in the satirical Casino Royale.[1]

Burton guest starred in a number of television shows, including The Avengers, The Saint, Return of the Saint, and UFO.

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Preceded by
Major Boothroyd
(James Bond Character)

Succeeded by
Desmond Llewelyn