Lee as Scaramanga in The Man with the Golden Gun
Lee was in reality related to James Bond
author Ian Fleming and had been Fleming's choice as Dr No
, Cubby Broccoli had already decided on Joseph Wiseman for the role so Lee had to wait until 1973 before making a Bond film.
Back in World War 2, Lee had been in RAF Intelligence and makes reference to secondments with SOE and the Long Rang Desert Group, so a spy film was a natural for him. Earlier, Lee volunteered for the Finnish Army during the Winter War and had tried as a pilot with the RAF, only to lose out when his optic nerve failed during a flight.