| The New York Times

Anna Quayle, British Character Actress, Is Dead at 86

A young John Lennon is hiding out in a backstage hallway in “A Hard Day’s Night” (1964), and only one woman — a mod Londoner with short, dark hair, a slouchy sweater and eyeglasses on a chain — seems to recognize him. But after some sexy Beatles banter, she concludes, “You don’t look like him at all.”

When an inventor, his flying car and his adorable children end up in the kingdom of Vulgaria in “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” (1968), the best-dressed villain is the gaudy, child-hating Baroness Bomburst, who during her big musical number (with Gert Frobe), “Chu-Chi Face,” survives her husband’s repeated attempts to murder her.

In the James Bond spoof “Casino Royale” (1967), Frau Hoffner — the teacher of Mata Bond , the daughter of Mata Hari and 007 — is at the center of a scene that parodies German Expressionism. (“You’re insane, my child, quite insane .”)

And on the stage, in “Stop the World — I Want to Get Off,” the acclaimed London and Broadway musical hit of the Kennedy era, there was something familiar about the four women in the unhappy life of Littlechap (Anthony Newley). All of them — his wife and his Russian, German and American loves — were played by Anna Quayle.