John Bernard Lee

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

John Bernard Lee was born in either County Cork or Brentford, London back in 1908 to Edmund and Nellie.  When he was six his father had him on the stage in a sketch called “The Double Event” at the Oxford Music Hall.  He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, while working as a fruit porter to pay his fees.

After graduation he worked in the repertory theatre in Rusholme, Manchester before working on the West End stage.  His first screen debut was in The Double Event in 1934.  He served with the Royal Sussex Regiment during World War II.  After the war he appeared in several movies, there are just too many to mention.

While most of you have not heard of John, maybe you’ll recognize him in his role of M in the first eleven James Bond films.

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Comments (20)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - I don't know enough about the James Bond series of movies or the books t they are based.  

Apr 27, 2021 02:36 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Like Michael Jacobs, my knowledge of the James Bond series leaves me a  loss. Enjoy your day.

Apr 27, 2021 02:53 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - I might remember if I saw him but I don't remember M.

Apr 27, 2021 03:20 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

Smiles are free, just love this.  Thanks for the post, and make it the best Taco Tuesday.  Bill Salvatore

Apr 27, 2021 04:13 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Good morning James,

As M, I know his expertise in the movies!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Apr 27, 2021 04:13 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Sad to say, James. I'm mystified. I saw the first James Bond film and fell asleep. Never saw another one again!

Apr 27, 2021 05:22 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I was a Bond fan decades ago (it all went down hill after Sean Connery left) but I don't remember M. Thanks for making me think again today James.

Apr 27, 2021 05:30 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, now I think I will pay attention more to who M is the next time I watch a James Bond film.

Apr 27, 2021 05:30 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James! Yes I do remember him well. I used to own all 11 of those Bond films

Apr 27, 2021 07:16 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Take care, be safe and healthy.

Apr 27, 2021 07:59 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


M was always one of my favorite characters in the movies.  Thanks for the history,  I enjoyed it.  A

Apr 27, 2021 08:19 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Interesting history lesson, James. I didn't recognize the name but certainly know of M.

Apr 27, 2021 10:23 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

M was a great character...he was no Q, but hey, who is? Nice post as always.

Apr 27, 2021 11:22 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi James- finally one I knew!!!!   Actually, I saw his name and looked at the year he was born in and figured it out. 

Apr 27, 2021 02:50 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello James, I watched most James Bonds movies, and I kind of remember M in the movies.

Apr 27, 2021 03:13 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

As always James, I didn't know that John lee was the star of so many James Bond movies as m. He played the part very well...

Apr 27, 2021 04:12 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for sharing the story of John Lee.  I enjoy the James Bond series and of course, the character M. 

Apr 27, 2021 06:50 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Now I must admit I was a Bond Fanatic from the early days, I talked my parents to go see the First James Bond movie because I was not allowed to see it 'too young' they were hooked and M was great in the first 10+ movies, Endre

Apr 27, 2021 11:23 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Interesting James of M and how many James Bond movies he was in.  Miss Sean as James Bond


Apr 29, 2021 06:59 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

An acting career in one of the most popular and successful movie series of all time was a pretty good deal for John Bernard Lee.

Oct 06, 2021 05:21 PM