With a lot of focus on Bond, Q, M, Moneypenny and Felix Leiter, the character of Tanner (MI6 Chief of Staff) is often forgotten. However now five actors have played the character, and he also has a role in the books.
Any favorites among the "Four Tanners"?
The first one was Michael Goodliffe, who appeared briefly in The Man With The Golden Gun.
The second Tanner, James Villiers, stands in for the recently deceased Bernard Lee's M in "For Your Eyes Only".
In "Goldeneye" and "The World Is Not Enough" Tanner is played by Michael Kitchen. Like Bond, he appears skeptical of the New M played by Judi Dench.
Finally, a new Tanner, Rory Kinnear appears alongside Judi Dench's "New" M.
Oops, messed up the poll....sorry...