German actor Gottfried John, who famously battled James Bond on the big screen, has died, aged 72.

The Goldeneye star passed away in Munich, Germany on Monday (01Sep14) after a battle with cancer.

He is best remembered for playing villainous General Arkady Grigorovich Ourumov in the 1995 blockbuster and going up against 007 Pierce Brosnan.

In his early career, he worked with iconic director Rainer Werner Fassbinder on several projects including 1979 movie The Marriage of Maria Braun and 1980 Tv miniseries Berlin Alexanderplatz.

After his high-profile role in Goldeneye, John went on to land more Hollywood parts, including starring opposite John Malkovich in 1996's The Ogre, and in 2000 thriller Proof of Life with Russell Crowe and Meg Ryan.