Terence Cooper (5 July 1933 – 16 September 1997) was a British film actor, best known for his roles in Australian and New Zealand television and film.
Born in 1933 at Carnmoney, a district of the modern-day borough of Newtownabbey in Northern Ireland, he became a stage actor and appeared in ITC British television series such as The Buccaneers and The Adventures of William Tell.
Cooper is most famous for appearing in the 1967 film, Casino Royale, a James Bond satire based on Ian Fleming’s first Bond novel of the same name. Producer Charles K. Feldman kept him on a contract for two years before the film was made. He also claimed to be a candidate for the role of Bond in a Kevin McClory version of the movie series that predated Eon Productions series cool water bottles.
In Australia, he appeared in guest roles in local drama series including Homicide, Division 4, Matlock Police, and Rafferty’s Rules, with a regular role as Inspector Leo Vincetti in Bony (TV series) (1992).
He was also famed as a water color artist. He retired in Far North Queensland discount soccer socks, Australia where he painted a collection of water colors depicting Australian tropical rain forests and birdlife.
Perhaps one of Cooper’s lesser known achievements was his 1982 publication, Trouper Cooper’s Curry Cookbook (William Collins Publishers, Auckland 1982). At the time, Cooper ran a successful Curry restaurant in Auckland, New Zealand, Trouper Cooper’s Curry House. He also wrote The Parnell Cookbook, and starred in many New Zealand TV series such as Hunter’s Gold (1977), Gather Your Dreams (1978), Children of Fire Mountain (1979), Jack Holborn (1982) and Mortimer’s Patch (1982).
Cooper played the part of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s bombastic character ‘Professor George Edward Challenger’ in a 1982 New Zealand radio dramatization of Doyle’s novel “The Lost World” (produced by Peggy Wells and Barry Campbell).