English actor Richard Johnson passed this past Sat. at the age 87. With a career spanning 60 years he appeared in pretty much every genre and was producer Albert Broccoli's first choice for James Bond, but turned it down as he didn't want to be tied into a potential series. He did however appear in one my favorite James Bond homages - 1967's DEADLIER THEN THE MALE (which was just released this past week on blu-ray).
Along with appearing in one of the greatest haunted house movies ever (THE HAUNTING from 1963) he also found a niche appearing in Italian horror moves in the 1970's such as the THE EXORCIST inspired BEYOND THE DOOR (1974), Lucio Fulci's ZOMBIE (1979) and THE GREAT ALLIGATOR (1979).