Burt Kwouk, who appeared in Goldfinger, You Only Live Twice and the 1967 Casino Royale spoof, has died at the age of 85.
Kwouk was born in Cheshire in 1930 but was brought up in Shanghai until he was 17 years old, when his Chinese parents returned to England. After completing his studies in the United States he returned to Britain in 1954 when he became an actor.
He is best known for Cato Fong, Inspector Clouseau’s manservant in the Pink Panther films. The running gag was that Cato was ordered to attack Clouseau when he least expected it to keep him alert, usually resulting in Clouseau’s flat being wrecked.
He was a stalwart of several ITC television TV series, such as Danger Man, The Saint and Man of the World and co-starred in 12/13 episodes of The Sentimental Agent (1963).
Kwouk appeared in three James Bond films. In Goldfinger (1964) he played Mr Ling, a Red Chinese expert in nuclear fission; in the spoof Casino Royale (1967) he played a general; and in You Only Live Twice (1967) Kwouk played the part of a Japanese operative of Blofeld credited as Spectre 3.