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Adolfo Celi
(Last Updated May 12th 2004)

Italian actor who began his film career in the mid-40’s but didn’t achieve any real notice until he was cast as Bond villain, Emilio Largo in “Thunderball” (65). Other notable films include, “That Man From Rio” (1964),”Von Ryan’s Express” (1965), “Grand Prix” (1966), “Danger: Diabolik”   (1968) & the James Bond knock off “Operation OO7” (1967).

Adolfo Celi

Adolfo Celi Fact File :

Birth Name: Adolfo Celi

Date Of Birth: 27th July 1922

Place Of Birth:Messina, Sicily, Italy

Date Of Death:19th Feb. 1986

Place Of Death:Rome, Italy

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Film Debut: “A Yank In Rome” (1946)

Final Film Appearance: “International Airport” (1985)

Final TV Appearance: “Due assi per un turbo” (1986)

James Bond Villain:
In 1965 Adolfo played the eye-patch wearing Bond Villain Emilio Largo in“Thunderball”.

After his first film appearance in 1946 Adolfo work steadily in European films right up to his death from a heart attack in 1986. Aside from his impressive appearance in “Thunderball”, his 1969 film “Alibi,L” was a personal achievement having written, directed and starred in the film opposite fellow Italian Vittorio Gassman.

Adolfo Celi’s  Top 10 Movies on VHS & DVD :

Master Stroke [VHS](1966) VHS
Richard Harrison is an actor in spaghetti westerns enlisted by criminal mastermind Adolfo Celli to take part in a series of complex heists. After he joins a former Scotland Yard official in criminal activity, he's asked by a secret service organization to stop his newest employers by enacting several parts. Margaret Lee, Eduardo Fajardo also star. AKA: "The Great Diamond Robbery," "Master Stroke in the Service of Her Britannic Majesty."

Grand Slam [DVD](1967) DVD
Globetrotting heist classic in which a school teacher decides to go for a big score by orchestrating an elaborate diamond robbery. After rounding up a group of experts that includes a safecracker, an electronics wizard, a con artist and a thief, the teacher tries to nab the gems--in Rio De Janeiro during Carnivale time. Edward G. Robinson, Janet Leigh, Klaus Kinski and Adolfo Celi star. 119 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital mono, French Dolby Digital mono; theatrical trailer; photo gallery.

Danger: Diabolik [VHS](1968) VHS
Colorful adaptation of a French comic strip stars John Phillip Law as a master criminal who enjoys pulling off such crimes as detonating tax offices and stealing priceless gold ingots. Marisa Mell, Michel Piccoli and Terry-Thomas also star; Mario Bava directs. 99 min.

Dirty Heroes [VHS](1969) VHS
Thrilling wartime story set in 1945 Holland, where a hidden fortune is the prize fought over by Nazi forces and escaped Allied prisoners. John Ireland, Adolfo Celi, Curt Jurgens star. 117 min.

Confessions Of A Frustrated Housewife [VHS](1970) VHS
Super-steamy erotic story starring Carroll Baker as the wife of a sexually troubled Italian industrialist who is told to chase after younger women to solve his problems. While Dad's away, his son and Mom get involved in an illicit affair. Adolfo Celi and Femi Benussi ("Hatchet for a Honeymoon") also star in this scorching tale.

The Long Arm Of The Godfather [VHS](1972) VHS
"Thunderball" heavy Adolfo Celi stars in this intense gangster tale about gun smugglers who wreak havoc on the streets of Rome. Peter Lee Lawrence and Erika Blanc also star. 80 min.

Who Saw Her Die? [DVD](1972) DVD
When his young daughter is brutally murdered while visiting him in Venice and the police are baffled, a sculptor (George Lazenby) discovers links to other killings and sets out to find the person responsible. Taut and suspenseful mix of "giallo" violence and intrigue also stars Anita Strindberg, Adolfo Celi. AKA: "The Child." 94 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; featurette; filmography; theatrical trailer.

Seven Times Seven [VHS](1973) VHS
In this European heist movie, a group of prison inmates escape their jail cells to rob the Royal Mint, but return to the prison in time to stay out of trouble. At least that's what they believe. Adolfo Celli, Gordon Mitchell, Lionel Stander and Terry-Thomas star. 100 min.

Black King Pin [VHS](1973) VHS
Luca Canali thought he could put one over on the mob by hijacking their $6,000,000 drug shipment. The mob isn't known for their sense of humor, though...and they send two hit men (Henry Silva and Woody Strode) to remind Luca of that fact. AKA: "Hit Men," "Hired to Kill," "The Italian Connection," "Manhunt." 90 min.

Brother Sun, Sister Moon [DVD](1973) DVD
Franco Zeffirelli relates the tale of St. Francis of Assisi, an Italian soldier who returns from the Crusades and dismisses his family's material wealth for selfless devotion to others. Co-stars Graham Faulkner, Judi Bowker and Alec Guinness as Pope Innocent III; songs by Donovan. 121 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital mono, French Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English.


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That Man From Rio (1964)

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