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Bob Holness (1928–2012)

Bob Holness was the second actor to portray James Bond, starring in a 1957 South African radio dramatization of 'Moonraker'. Born in South Africa in 1928 he moved to Kent, England at a young age and grew up during the Second World War. A career as an actor followed which took him back to the land of his birth where he met Mary Rose whom he soon ... See full bio »

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The Chain Newsreader
Thriller Announcer


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 2004 The Impressionable Jon Culshaw (TV Series)
Julius Caesar
- Episode #1.2 (2004) ... Julius Caesar
 2001 Bob Martin (TV Series)
Bob Holness
- This Life (2001) ... Bob Holness
 1998 Rex the Runt (TV Series)
Mr. Formal
- Adventures on Telly 1 (1998) ... Mr. Formal (voice)
 1997 The Lily Savage Show (TV Series)
- Episode #1.6 (1997)
 1991 The Little and Large Show (TV Series)
- Episode #11.4 (1991)
 1990 Harry Enfield's Television Programme (TV Series)
Bob Holness
- Episode #1.5 (1990) ... Bob Holness
 1984 The Chain
 1974 Thriller (TV Series)
- One Deadly Owner (1974) ... Announcer (voice)
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Personal Details

Alternate Names:

Robert Holness


5' 10" (1.78 m)


Mary Rose  (his death)  (3 children)

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He was the subject of an urban myth, initiated by broadcaster Stuart Maconie, who while writing for the New Musical Express, claimed (untruthfully) that he played the saxophone solo on Gerry Rafferty's song Baker Street. The true performer was Rafael Ravenscroft. The story clearly appealed to his sense of humour as he has often played along with the myth, and has also at various times jokingly ... See more »

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