He was a stalwart of several ITC
television TV series, including Danger Man, when an oriental
character was required. Kwouk has appeared in three James Bond films.
In Goldfinger (1964) he played Mr. Ling, a Red Chinese expert in
nuclear fission; in the spoof Casino Royale (1967) he played a
general and in You Only Live Twice (1967) Kwouk played the part of a
Japanese operative of Blofeld credited only as Spectre 3.
In 1968 he appeared in The Shoes of the
Fisherman opposite Laurence Olivier and Anthony Quinn. Kwouk also
appeared as the honourable but misguided Major Yamauchi in the 1980s
World War II television drama Tenko.
Kwouk featured in many UK television
productions that called for a man of Oriental appearance. As a
result, he became a familiar face in the United Kingdom and appeared
as himself in the Harry Hill Show as well as several of Hill's live
tours. In 2000 he appeared in an episode of the syndicated western TV
series Queen of Swords playing Master Kiyomasa an aged Japanese
warrior priest starring with Sung-Hi Lee who played his female pupil
Kami. Filmed at Texas Hollywood, Almeria, Spain. From 2001 to 2004 he
provided voice-overs on the spoof Japanese betting show Banzai and
subsequently appeared in adverts for the betting company, Bet365.
From 2002 to the show's end in 2010, he
had a regular role in the long-running series Last of the Summer
Wine, as Entwistle (20022010). His later work also includes
voice acting in the audio theatre and video game genres. In 2010, he
provided the voice of the CGI character Shen, a Chinese water dragon,
for the groundbreaking BBC TV fantasy drama series Spirit Warriors.
He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in
the 2011 New Year Honours for services to drama.