The death has been announced of the Canadian actor Shane Rimmer, best known for his roles in Gerry Anderson's Thunderbirds and the James Bond adventure The Spy Who Loved Me. He was 89.
The official Gerry Anderson Twitter account shared the news of Rimmer's passing after it was confirmed by the actor's widow Sheila.
"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," read the post.
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
We'll be celebrating Shane's amazing life and career on Monday's #GerryAndersonPodcast pic.twitter.com/wzNWT9tjR9
Rimmer voiced hero Scott Tracy in the original 1960s Thunderbirds series, its spin-off films and 2015 reboot. He was also part of the voice cast for Gerry Anderson's series Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, and Joe 90. He appeared in a number of roles in Anderson's Space: 1999.
Rimmer's most famous Bond role was as submarine commander Carter in 1977's The Spy Who Love Me and, although uncredited, he was also part of the cast in 007 adventures Live and Let Die, Diamonds Are Forever and You Only Live Twice.
We are very sad to hear that Shane Rimmer has passed away at the age of 89. Shane appeared in three Bond movies – YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE, DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER and THE SPY WHO LOVED ME. Our thoughts are with his family at this time. pic.twitter.com/DL7LaP7Q71— James Bond (@007) March 29, 2019
Among his many television credits, Rimmer had roles in Coronation Street and the miniseries A Very British Coup, Ellis Island, Lace and Mistral's Daughter.
The character actor's other big screen credits included Batman Begins, Gandhi, Reds, Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Superman and its two sequels.