Shane Rimmer, pictured with wife Shelia at a James Bond event in London in October 2012
Shane Rimmer who voiced Scott Tracy in Thunderbirds has died aged 89.
The Canadian actor appeared in more than 100 films including four James Bond movies – Live and Let Die, The Spy Who Loved Me, You Only Live Twice and Diamonds Are Forever.
The father-of-three was born in Toronto but moved to Britain in the late 1950s and found work as a cabaret singer before his involvement in Thunderbirds.
Rimmer also featured in hit films such as Gandhi, Batman Begins, Dr Strangelove and Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, in which he played an engineer.
He also made various TV appearances, such as Casualty and Coronation Street, which saw him play Joe Donnelli from 1968 to 1970 and Malcolm Reid in 1988.
Rimmer is said to have appeared in more Bond films than any other actor apart from the recurring characters in the series.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years Sheila, with whom he lived in the Hertfordshire town of Potters Bar, with their sons and grandchildren.
Rimmer starred alongside Roger Moore in 1977 James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me
Rimmer was a Canadian actor who voiced Scott Tracy in Thunderbirds (pictured in 1965)
The news of his death was announced by Bond historian Mark O’Connell, who tweeted: ‘Four Bond bullets, three Superman movies, one Star Wars, a Rollerball, a Dr Strangelove and Scott Tracy… RIP to the godfather of “I know that guy” casting – Mr Shane Rimmer. #RIPShaneRimmer.’
Producer Jonathan Sothcott added: ‘RIP that fine character actor Shane Rimmer. A great face (and voice) in some of the best loved family films of the 70s: The Spy Who Loved Me, Warlords of Atlantis, Star Wars, Thunderbirds. Amazing career.’
Rimmer attended Gerry Anderson’s funeral in Reading in January 2013, where he offered a tribute to the Thunderbirds creator’s ‘groundbreaking energy and vision’.
He said at the time: ‘Gerry was an exceptional man – not only to those who began the studio work with him, and they were all terribly talented and so easy to work with – but also to the hundreds of thousands of young, and maybe a little older, viewers who watched that magic flow across television screens all over the world.’