Vladek Sheybal

Vladek Sheybal

Vladek Sheybal was a Polish character actor and director of both television and stage productions. He was well known for his portrayal of the chess grandmaster Kronsteen in the James Bond film From Russia with Love, a role for which he had been personally recommended by his friend Sean Connery, and Otto Leipzig in Smiley's People. He became a naturalised British citizen, but remained "fiercely proud of his homeland and its culture."

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