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Richard Todd, who re-enacted his wartime exploits in the 1962 film "The Longest Day" and was Ian Fleming's choice to play James Bond, died of cancer Thursday in Lincolnshire, England. He was 90.
Todd was nominated for an Academy Award for 1949 film "The Hasty Heart" and starred as U.S. Senate chaplain Peter Marshall in "A Man Called Peter" (1954).
In Britain, one of his best-known roles was Royal Air Force pilot Guy Gibson in "The Dam Busters."
Fleming had preferred Todd to take the lead in "Dr. No" in 1962, the Daily Telegraph said in its obituary, but a schedule clash opened the way for Sean Connery to define the part. Instead, Todd took the role of role …