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In Memoriam of Canadian actor Shane Rimmer (1929-2019)

By: Mark Cerulli
Shane Rimmer 1929-2019
FSWL joins Bond fans worldwide in mourning the passing of veteran Canadian actor Shane Rimmer, 89, who FSWL founder Anders Frejdh knew personally. As a performer, he worked steadily from the 1950s right through the 2000s, with his final credit now in post-production.

An official statement from Shane's family posted on his official website said:

Shane Rimmer family message
FSWL founder Anders Frejdh remember Shane: “Very sad to hear of Shane Rimmer's passing, a great guy in real life and dear friend who always supported From Sweden With Love's activities. First met him in November 2000 and last time in Paris during the summer of 2017. With over 150 acting credits including four James Bond 007 films, two Supermans, Batman Begins and many other big-budget blockbusters he leaves a big legacy behind. Rest in peace my friend, I will never forget you. My thoughts and prayers now go to his charming wife Sheila, sons Damian & Ben, and the grand-kids.”

Shane Rimmer & Anders Frejdh in Paris 2017
Shane Rimmer & Anders Frejdh in Paris 2017. Copyright © From Sweden with Love.

About Canadian actor Shane Rimmer (1929-2019)

Although Bond fans fondly remember his work in the 1967 film You Only Live Twice (as a NASA radar operator), the 1971 film Diamonds Are Forever (as a WW Techtronics lab worker) and as Commander Carter in the 1977 film The Spy Who Loved Me, Rimmer had a varied career that included a long association with Gerry Anderson’s Thunderbirds series.

A skilled voiceover artist, he provided the voice of Scott Tracy in Thunderbirds as well as dubbing the part of Hamilton (played on screen by another FSWL supporter, Bob Dix) in 1973 James Bond film Live and Let Die. He also had parts in major films like Dr. Strangelove, Rollerball, The Dogs of War, Out of Africa and Batman Begins. Rimmer appeared in over 70 movies in total. With his looks and accent, he found a steady niche playing American characters in British films and television. He and his friend, the American ex-pat actor, Ed Bishop (also appeared in Diamonds Are Forever), used to call their work “Rent A Yank”!

Behind the screen, Rimmer wrote episodes of other Gerry Anderson series like UFO, Captain Scarlett and the Mysterons and Joe 90. He was a very popular guest at autograph signings around the world and was always happy to talk about his work with Bond and film fans. We send our love and condolences to his widow and family.

Shane Rimmer James Bond collage
A selection of Shane Rimmer's work on the James Bond franchise.

Obituaries in the press about Canadian actor Shane Rimmer

>BBC News
>Daily Mail
>The Guardian

For more information about Shane Rimmer and his amazing career, check out his IMDB profile.



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