Barry Nelson

If you’re a well-informed Bond fan, you know that Barry Nelson was the very first on-screen James Bond, playing Jimmy “Card Sense” Bond in the Climax! television production of Casino Royale in 1954.

Today, via CBn, I learned that Barry Nelson has died at the age of 89.

Nelson starred in a string of movies, including “Undercover Maisie,” “Time to Kill” and “Tenth Avenue Angel.”

He is the answer to the trivia question: Who was the first actor to play James Bond? Before Sean Connery was tapped to play the British agent on the big screen in 1962’s “Dr. No,” Nelson played Bond in a one-hour TV adaptation of “Casino Royale” in 1954.

Nelson switched to the stage during the 1960s and 1970s, appearing on Broadway in “Seascape” “Mary, Mary” and “Cactus Flower.” He earned a Tony nomination in 1978 for his role in “The Act,” which also starred Liza Minnelli.

May he rest in peace.

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