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BLOCKBUSTERS HOST & 007 STAR DIES AGED 83; BOB HOLNESS: 1928-2012.

By MARK JEFFERIES A TV quiz show in which students answered trivia questions to get across a board of hexagons made him a household name.

Bob Holness, who died yesterday aged 83, had a long and varied career - but it will be his stint as host of Blockbusters for which he will be most fondly remembered.

Mild-mannered Bob's career spanned 60 years and included a spell as James Bond in a radio drama before the spy stories hit the big screen. He broadcast on BBC radio and LBC and also had spells presenting Call My Bluff and Raise the Roof.

Bob's family said yesterday he passed away peacefully in his sleep during the early hours. His health had deteriorated following a number of recent minor strokes.

Bob, who had been living in a nursing home, leaves his wife Mary, three children and seven grandchildren .

Blockbusters became a cult TV hit in the 80s and a family statement said he "was beloved by students everywhere" because of it.

Bob often had to keep a straight face as sniggering contestants asked: "Can I have a P please Bob?".

He once said in an interview: "People say, 'Don't you ever get fed up with it?' but I didn't. I loved everything to do with the show so it always got a very positive reception from me however many times I heard it." Blockbusters brought other hilarious TV moments, such as when the veteran broadcaster asked: "What 'O' is the generic word for any living animal or plant, including bacteria and viruses?".

The contestant answered "orgasm" instead of "organism". Bob replied: "There are reasons, which I won't go into, that I can't accept that particular answer."

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