Donald Pleasence was initially a conscientious objector, but later changed his stance and was commissioned into the Royal Air Force, serving with 166 Squadron, RAF Bomber Command. His Avro Lancaster was shot down on 31 August 1944, during a raid on Agenville. He was taken prisoner and placed in a German prisoner-of-war camp, where he produced and acted in plays. -- He later played  Flight Lt. Colin Blythe in The Great Escape .

Donald Pleasence was initially a conscientious objector, but later changed his stance and was commissioned into the Royal Air Force, serving with 166 Squadron, RAF Bomber Command. His Avro Lancaster was shot down on 31 August 1944, during a raid on Agenville. He was taken prisoner and placed in a German prisoner-of-war camp, where he produced and acted in plays. -- He later played Flight Lt. Colin Blythe in The Great Escape .

Donald Pleasence-Royal Air Force-WW2-served with 166 Squadron bomber command, shot down, placed in the German POW camp Stalag Luft I (Actor) photo shown is in POW camp

Donald Pleasence-Royal Air Force-WW2-served with 166 Squadron bomber command, shot down, placed in the German POW camp Stalag Luft I (Actor) photo shown is in POW camp

Donald Pleasence,Halloween4 from 1988.He is one of my alltime Heroes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Donald Pleasence,Halloween4 from 1988.He is one of my alltime Heroes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

James Garner and Donald Pleasence in  "The Great Escape" by Beast 1, via Flickr

James Garner and Donald Pleasence in "The Great Escape" by Beast 1, via Flickr

Donald Pleasence (1919 - 1995) He appeared in numerous movies, including "The Great Escape", "Telefon", "Halloween" and "Escape from New York", he played Ernst Blofeld in the James Bond movie "You Only Live Twice"

Donald Pleasence (1919 - 1995) He appeared in numerous movies, including "The Great Escape", "Telefon", "Halloween" and "Escape from New York", he played Ernst Blofeld in the James Bond movie "You Only Live Twice"

10 Bond Outfits: Donald Pleasence, James Bond, You Only Live Twice

The 10 best Bond outfits - in pictures

Still Of Richard Attenborough, Donald Pleasence, James Garner And Gordon Jackson In The Great Escape (1963)

Still Of Richard Attenborough, Donald Pleasence, James Garner And Gordon Jackson In The Great Escape (1963)

Donald Pleasence (1919–1995) was a British film, television and stage actor best known for his roles in You Only Live Twice, where he played James Bond's arch-enemy Dr Blofeld, and The Great Escape, where he drew upon his experience in a German POW camp.

Donald Pleasence (1919–1995) was a British film, television and stage actor best known for his roles in You Only Live Twice, where he played James Bond's arch-enemy Dr Blofeld, and The Great Escape, where he drew upon his experience in a German POW camp.

The late Donald Pleasence in Halloween 5: The Revenge Of Michael Myers, 1989.

The late Donald Pleasence in Halloween 5: The Revenge Of Michael Myers, 1989.

Escape from New York (Avco Embassy, 1981). Poster. Science Fiction.
Starring Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence, Isaac Hayes, Harry Dean Stanton, and Adrienne Barbeau. Directed by John Carpenter. Artwork by Barry Jackson

Escape from New York (Avco Embassy, 1981). Poster. Science Fiction. Starring Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence, Isaac Hayes, Harry Dean Stanton, and Adrienne Barbeau. Directed by John Carpenter. Artwork by Barry Jackson

Donald Pleasance - he could play a milquetoast or a madman with equal brillo

Donald Pleasance - he could play a milquetoast or a madman with equal brillo

You Only Live Twice (1967) Sean Connery, Mie Hama, Donald Pleasence, Tetsuro Tamba (Tiger)

You Only Live Twice (1967) Sean Connery, Mie Hama, Donald Pleasence, Tetsuro Tamba (Tiger)

Donald Pleasence as Ernst Stavro Blofeld, in "You Only Live Twice"  He was the Nº1 of "Spectre" (SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extorcion) and he appears in many James Bond movies. He is the supervillain

Donald Pleasence as Ernst Stavro Blofeld, in "You Only Live Twice" He was the Nº1 of "Spectre" (SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extorcion) and he appears in many James Bond movies. He is the supervillain

Directed by Robert Ellis Miller.  With Donald Pleasence, Liam Sullivan, Philippa Bevans, Tom Lowell. After being forced to retire, Professor Fowler contemplates suicide when he doesn't feel he has made a difference in the world. That night he has an experience that shows him that he is wrong.

Directed by Robert Ellis Miller. With Donald Pleasence, Liam Sullivan, Philippa Bevans, Tom Lowell. After being forced to retire, Professor Fowler contemplates suicide when he doesn't feel he has made a difference in the world. That night he has an experience that shows him that he is wrong.

Fantastic Voyage, Stephen Boyd, Raquel Welch, Donald Pleasence, 1966, Suspended Premium Poster

Fantastic Voyage, Stephen Boyd, Raquel Welch, Donald Pleasence, 1966, Suspended

Fantastic Voyage, Stephen Boyd, Raquel Welch, Donald Pleasence, 1966, Suspended Premium Poster

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