Jimmy Dean passed away yesterday at 81, and will likely be remembered as a the grinning sausage pitchman who recorded Big Bad John during his early life as a Country & Western star. But Dean’s pre-pork entertainment career added up to more than just a hit single. He worked variously as a radio personality, a morning TV anchor, and for many years as the host of his own The Jimmy Dean Show, which introduced the world to any number of country stars as well as Jim Henson’s beloved Rolwf the dog. Dean also tried his hand at acting, with repeated stints on Daniel Boone, Fantasy Island, and something called J.J. Starbuck. His most high-profile gig, however, was in 1971’s Diamonds Are Forever. Behold one of the most incongruously funny Bond moments ever after the jump.
Dean plays Willard Whyte, an entrepreneur loosely based on Howard Hughes, who assists 007 in, once again, defeating SPECTRE. His “Tell him he’s fired!” line here is about as close to a one-liner as you’ll find in any of the Bond picture.