Robert Rietty (1923-2015)
Born Lucio Rietti, Robert was a prolific dubber/dubbing director on hundreds of films from the 1940s into the 21st Century, Robert Rietty was The Man Of A Thousand Voices, dubbing Orson Welles in TREASURE ISLAND (1972), among his many assignments.
He worked on most of the James Bond series from DR. NO (1962) onward. I remember seeing THUNDERBALL theatrically when it came out and not realizing that the voice of villain Emilio Largo, belonged to Rietty, not actor Adolfo Celi, because his Italian accent was perfect. I had assumed that it was Celi’s actual voice from then on.
Rietty dubbed characters in at least two Jess Franco films, including the voices of the villain “Sancho Lopez” (Ricardo Palacios) and the protagonist, played by Gotz George, in THE BLOOD OF FU MANCHU.
He also dubbed “Curt”, played by Gunther Stoll, in Franco’s SAX ROHMER’S CASTLE OF FU MANCHU (1969). Rietty was also an onscreen actor who appeared in Hollywood films from the 1930s onward as well as playing various characters in the Bond films. He also was a stage, radio and television actor who appeared in dozens of roles in those media. He was eventually knighted in Italy.
TOP: Robert Rietty
BOTTOM: Adolfo Celi in THUNDERBALL (1965); Ricardo Palacios in THE BLOOD OF FU MANCHU (1968)
NOTE: Actor Ricardo Palacios died earlier this year and I’ll be adding a delayed but affectionate tribute to the great character actor here in the future. Palacios, of course, appeared in various roles for Jess Franco, starting with his exuberant tourist in ATTACK OF THE ROBOTS (1966).
(C) Robert Monell, 2015