Shane Rimmer, the voice of Thunderbirds’ Scott Tracy, has died aged 89.
His wife Sheila announced his death via the official website of the late creator of Thunderbirds, Gerry Anderson.
A post on Twitter said: “The sad news that Shane Rimmer has died has come as a real shock to all of us at Anderson Entertainment.”
The sad news that Shane Rimmer has died has come as a real shock to all of us at Anderson Entertainment and we send our thoughts and condolences to Shane’s family and friends.
— Gerry Anderson MBE (@GerryAndersonTV) March 29, 2019
The message said Rimmer’s “amazing life and career” will be celebrated on the Gerry Anderson Podcast on Monday.
The Canadian actor moved to the UK in the 1950s, providing the voice of the Thunderbird 1 pilot in the TV series and films Thunderbirds Are GO in 1966 and Thunderbird 6 in 1968.
He also had film roles in Dr Strangelove, Rollerball, Gandhi and Batman Begins, as well as appearing in three James Bond movies.
The official Twitter account for the film franchise said it was “very sad” to hear of Rimmer’s death, saying: “Our thoughts are with his family at this time.
“Shane appeared in three Bond movies – You Only Live Twice, Diamonds Are Forever and The Spy Who Loved Me.”
Bond historian Mark O’Connell tweeted: “RIP to the godfather of ‘I know that guy’ casting – Mr Shane Rimmer.”
On the small screen, Rimmer also appeared in an episode of Doctor Who in the 1960s and twice in Coronation Street between 1968 and 1970.
According to IMDB, Rimmer’s final role was in the TV movie Firestorm, which is currently in post-production.