RIP Bob Holness, James Bond #2

The second actor to have portrayed James Bond has passed away.

Bob Holness, whose career with BBC radio spanned five decades, died early this morning in his sleep, a family statement . Mr. Holness was 83 years old. He was largely known as the host of the popular ITV game show Blockbusters. James Bond fans, especially those outside the UK, know him best as the star of the 1956 South African Radio dramatization of Ian Fleming’s Moonraker (six years before the cinematic 007 made his debut in Dr. No).

You can read his obituary at the BBC News website.

HMSS sends its condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues.

(Tip of the HMSS hat to Mike ‘Rhino’ Durham for ringing our bell.)