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Phaedros Stassinos (1930 – 28 June 2012) was a Greek Cypriot actor whose international stage name was Paul Stassino.[citation needed]

Paul Stassino in Thunderball (1965)

Early life

Stassino was born in Platres and grew up in nearby Limassol, but spent most of his acting career in England.[1] He had moved there at the age of 18 to study law. Without telling his parents, he got a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.[citation needed]


He appeared in many British films, in British TV dramas such as Danger Man and The Saint.[2] He appeared in Coronation Street in 1968, as Hungarian demolition contractor Miklos Zadic who had a brief relationship with Emily Nugent (played by Eileen Derbyshire).[3]

Possibly his best known performance was when he played two parts, Major François Derval and Angelo Palazzi, in the James Bond film Thunderball (see List of James Bond henchmen in Thunderball).[4]

Other roles include "Le Pirate" in That Riviera Touch, and the first officer of the Colombian ship Paloma in Tiger Bay.[5]

In 1972 he moved to Athens, where he worked as a director in the casino in Athens,[1] and then because of his great love for his island, he moved to his birthplace in Cyprus where he worked in the Public Theatre in Nicosia as an actor and as a director, where after he retired he moved to his beloved Limassol. He died on 28 June 2012 in Limassol and was buried in the cemetery of Limassol Sfalagiotisa. [citation needed]

Personal life

He was married twice and had three children Julian Stassino, Alex Stassino, and Elvi Stassinou.



  1. ^ a b Sandra Brennan. "Paul Stassino - Biography, Movie Highlights and Photos - AllMovie". AllMovie.
  2. ^ "Paul Stassino". CBS Interactive.
  3. ^ "Coronation Street - Season 9, Episode 19: Mon 4 Mar, 1968 -". CBS Interactive.
  4. ^ Greg Goodman. "James Bond Movies: Thunderball Characters @ Universal Exports, The Home of James Bond, 007".
  5. ^ "Paul Stassino". BFI. Archived from the original on 8 May 2016.