Blockbuster Legend and First 007 Bob Holness Dies

Blockbuster presenter Bob Holness has died “peacefully in his sleep” at the age of 83.

Best known for his work on ITV’s Blockbusters quiz show, Holness had a career than spanned six decades. His death was confirmed by his family this afternoon.

Holness suffered a number of mini-strokes in recent years and has been living at a nursing home. He leaves his wife Mary, three children and seven grandchildren.

Holness’ TV career began in 1961 when he became the host of UK game show Take a Letter and was relief host of Thames Television’s magazine programme Today in 1968. He was also the announcer of The Generation Game on BBC One between 1971 and 1982.

Holness was also a prolific radio presenter and in 1956, he provided the voice for James Bond in a South African radio adaption of the Ian Fleming novel Moonraker – making him the first ever broadcasted 007.

RIP Bob!