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Overview (4)

Born in Vryheid, Natal, South Africa
Died in Pinner, London, England, UK  (natural causes)
Birth NameRobert Wentworth John Holness
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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 married. They had two children, Carol Ann (born 2 May 1956) and Rosalind, before returning to Great Britain where another child, Jonathan was born (9 June 1967). His career spanned radio, TV and theatre although he is best known as the presenter of 'Blockbusters', a role which won him a cult like following. He presented the BBC daytime quiz show 'Call My Bluff' as well as various guest work and work on radio.

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Spouse (1)

Mary Rose (1960 - 6 January 2012) ( his death) ( 3 children)

Trivia (3)

The second actor to 'play' James Bond - he was the voice of Bond in a 1957 radio dramatisation of 'Moonraker' on South African radio.
One of his daughters, Ros Holness was in a pop group called "Toto Coelo", they had a smash hit with "I Eat Cannibals".
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 claimed to be the lead guitarist on Derek and the Dominoes' Layla and the mysterious individual putting Elvis Presley off his stride on the infamous "laughing version" of Are You Lonesome Tonight?.

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