Despite its many controversies, there are many things for which Game of Thrones receives unanimous appreciation. Perhaps more than any other aspect, the actors in the hit HBO show consistently receive a positive reception.

Many of the show's stars have been able to use Game of Thrones as a platform to share their talent in ways they never could before; Emilia Clarke, Maisie Williams and Alfie Allen are just a few examples of actors for whom Game of Thrones was a step up in terms of audience appreciation. However, there are also actors who had been featured in hugely popular franchises prior to their roles in Game of Thrones, albeit sometimes in very minor roles. Lets take a look at how the cast of Game of Thrones infiltrated our favorite franchises before finding their way to a fandom of Ice and Fire.

The Viper: Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Before taking on The Mountain in one of the greatest 'trials by combat' ever seen, The Viper (aka Pedro Pascal) was in season 4, episode 1 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I wonder if those fangs had anything to do with him nabbing his role as The Viper?

Jeor Mormont and Tyrion Lannister: The Chronicles of Narnia

You were probably expecting Jeor Mormont (James Cosmo) to be mentioned for his role in Braveheart. Although the star was in Mel Gibson's famed retelling of Scottish history, Cosmo also played Father Christmas in the 2005 adaptation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Peter Dinklage also featured in the movie, playing the role of Trumpkin.

Lady Olenna Tyrell - On Her Majesty's Secret Service

As if there was any doubt, Diana Rigg (Olenna Tyrell) was just as silver-tongued in her younger years. So much so, in fact, that she landed the role of Tracy Bond, the only woman to have married 007 during his 53 womanising years on-screen.

Honestly, the amount of Game of Thrones actors who have also been a part of the James Bond franchise is staggering. This includes Jonathan Pryce's villainous part in Tomorrow Never Dies and Oona Chaplin's all-too-brief role in Quantum of Solace.

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