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Mystery over Bond actor's disappearance

By Lauren Turner

An actor who appeared in James Bond film Casino Royale has gone missing, Scotland Yard has said.

Paul Bhattacharjee was said to be in a good mood when he was last seen as he left the Royal Court Theatre in Sloane Square, London, at around 6.15pm on July 10 after taking part in a rehearsal.

Scotland Yard said Mr Bhattacharjee, who also uses the name Gautam Paul Bhattacharjee, texted his girlfriend at 9pm that night but no one has heard from him since.

The 53-year-old from Redbridge, north-east London, who starred in films The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and White Teeth, was due to appear in black comedy Talk Show this week. Police described his disappearance as "totally out of character".

A spokeswoman for the Royal Court said: "He left on Wednesday in good spirits but didn't make it to rehearsals the next day."

Mr Bhattacharjee was in the theatre's company of 14 actors performing in the Weekly Rep series, which sees six plays staged in six weeks. He had already appeared in two, including The President Has Come To See You, in which he played the President of Georgia who had gone on the run and was hiding in his citizens' homes.

The actor played a doctor in Casino Royale in 2006. His television work includes EastEnders, Waking The Dead, The Jury, Spooks and The Bill.

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