Entertainment The life of Sean Connery and why he was one of Scotland's greatest
Sean Connery, the 'original' James Bond, dies at 90
LONDON (AP) — Sean Connery, the charismatic Scottish actor who rose to international superstardom as the suave secret agent James Bond and then abandoned the role to carve out an Oscar-winning career in other rugged roles, has died. He was 90. Connery’s wife and two sons said he “died peacefully in his sleep surrounded by family” in the Bahamas, where he lived. Son Jason Connery said his father had been “unwell for some time.” Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said they were “devastated” by the news. They said Connery's “gritty and witty portrayal of the sexy and charismatic secret agent” was largely responsible for the success of the film series.
Sir Sean Connery's stunning film career spanned decades and won the hearts of generations, but the famous Scot will always be remembered as the first, and perhaps definitive,.
His performance in Dr No in 1962 set the proud Scot on a path that would lead tostardom.
Landing roles in Highlander, The Untouchables and Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade helped seal the deal for the once jobbing.
While the world fawned over his good looks and distinct Scottish accent, the fervent 'Yes' supporter in the Independence Referendum never forgot his roots.
Thomas Sean Connery, named Thomas after his grandfather, was born in the Fountainbridge area of Edinburgh on August 21, 1930.
From 1950s to the noughties, Sir Sean Connery's career in pictures
After catapulting to fame as the first ever James Bond, Sir Sean Connery had a Hollywood career spanning 50 years which secured him prestigious awards including an Oscar and two Baftas. After his first major appearance in 1957 British gangster film No Road Back, the former milkman became a Hollywood star as the first James Bond in 1962 film Dr No.Sir Sean played Bond in seven films - Dr No (1962), From Russia With Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), Diamonds Are Forever (1971) and Never Say Never Again (1983).
His mother, Effie, was a cleaner while his father, Joseph, was a factory worker and lorry driver.
He had a younger brother, Neil.
Despite being called 'Tommy' and latterly, 'Big Tam' in school, Connery said he adopted his middle name, Sean, to be like his childhood friend, Séamus.
Leaving school early, Connery's first job was as a milkman, steering a horse-drawn cart for St Cuthbert's Co-operative Society.
At 16 he enlisted in the Royal Navy but was discharged three years later on medical grounds after suffering with a stomach ulcer.
He has two tattoos from this time - one reading "Mum and Dad" and another "Scotland Forever".
The keen bodybuilder then undertook a variety of jobs, including a stint as a bricklayer, a lifeguard and an artist's model for the Edinburgh College of Art.
Sean Connery, a lion of cinema whose roar went beyond Bond
Writing an appreciation of Sean Connery feels inevitably inadequate compared to experiencing the real thing. To glimpse his magnetism, you might turn to a photograph of him in a tailored suit, leaning against an Aston Martin. You’d probably get more of his menacing charisma by pulling up the “Chicago way” scene from “The Untouchables.” It might be enough simply to say: The king is dead. As a lion of movies for half a century, Connery’s talent was manifest. He was famously cast as James Bond without a screen test. It was that obvious. And from then on, in even the lesser films, Connery, who died Saturday at 90, was never out of place on screen. His presence was absolute.
Under the name Thom Connery, he was placed third in the tall man's division (he was 6ft 2in) of the 1950 Mr Universe contest.
The stage came calling when a friend suggested he try out for a production of South Pacific. He got a part in the sailors' chorus and so began his acting career.
He was also a gifted footballer.
He turned out for Edinburgh junior side Bonnyrigg Rose in his youth.
While touring with the musical, he was offered a contract by former Manchester United manager Sir Matt Busby, who saw him play in a friendly against a local side.
His first major acting credit came in 1957 British gangster film No Road Back.
It was author Ian Fleming's suave and sophisticated secret service agent that launched Connery to stardom.
Fleming was initially resistant to the idea of Connery playing his character. He thought the Scot was an "overgrown stuntman" who was not refined enough for the role.
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The revered actor, seen by many as the definitive James Bond, died at the age of 90.Sir Sean, seen in the eyes of many as the definitive James Bond, died “peacefully in his sleep surrounded by family” at home in the Bahamas on Saturday.
He was later so impressed with his performance that he created a Scottish ancestry for the character in his subsequent books.
Connery played Bond in seven films - Dr No (1962), From Russia With Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), Diamonds Are Forever (1971) and Never Say Never Again (1983).
He quit the role after You Only Live Twice, frustrated by the repetitive plots, but was enticed back after his successor George Lazenby failed to make the grade.
Most of his subsequent successes were as part of ensemble casts, in films such as The Man Who Would Be King, Murder On The Orient Express and A Bridge Too Far.
In the 1980s a slipping career was revived with The Untouchables (1987), with his role as a tough gangbusting Irish policeman winning him an Academy Award for best supporting actor. Future Oscar winners Morgan Freeman and Denzel Washington were also nominated in the category that year.
He is also fondly remembered for his part two years later as the father of Harrison Ford's whip-cracking hero in Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade, the third instalment in the hugely popular franchise.
Sean Connery to be cremated in Bahamas as family pay tribute to 'legendary angel'
Sir Sean’s wife, Micheline, revealed that the actor wanted to be cremated in the Bahamas – where the couple lived for decades. She said: “We have not decided what to do. That is something we will talk about soon but he will be cremated in the Bahamas, which is what he wanted.” © Daily Record Sir Sean Connery with his granddaughter Saskia Last night, Sir Sean’s granddaughter, Saskia showed off never-before-seen pictures of the star. She said: “A surreal goodbye to my best friend, mentor and dear grandfather. “Thank you for all the wishes and we will get back to you all soon.
Connery could by now command massive fees and gained a reputation as a ruthless contract negotiator. He hated the idea of being manipulated by the film industry and was regularly embroiled in lawsuits.
In 1989 the US magazine People voted him Sexiest Man Alive, to which the 59-year-old replied: "Well, there aren't many sexy dead men, are there?"
The 1990s brought performances in The Hunt For Red October (1990), Dragonheart (1996) and Entrapment, the 1999 love story/thriller with Catherine Zeta-Jones, which Connery also produced.
By now he was firmly regarded as an elder statesman of the film industry and in 2000 was knighted by the Queen - an honour said to have been delayed by his vocal support for the Scottish National Party (SNP).
Connery, once voted the "greatest living Scot", received the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006, when he confirmed his retirement from acting.
Throughout his career he remained relatively guarded about his private life but was forced to deny claims of domestic abuse made by his first wife, the Australian actress Diane Cilento, before her death in 2011.
He was plagued by criticism of remarks he allegedly made in a Vanity Fair interview in 1993 when he suggested there were women who "want a smack".
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Emotional tributes flooded in for the first 007 after he passed away © Many celebrities paid tribute to Sir Sean Connery who passed away aged 90 (Shutterstock) Scottish acting legend Sir Sean Connery has died at the age of 90, and tributes from the entertainment world have poured in for the man renowned for his portrayal of James Bond. Sir Sean, whose family said he died peacefully in his sleep in the Bahamas following a long illness, was the first to bring the 007 character to the big screen.
Connery was reported as saying: "There are women who take it to the wire. That's what they are looking for, the ultimate confrontation."
He and Cilento were married for 11 years and had one son, the actor Jason Connery.
Connery is succeeded by Jason and his second wife, French artist Micheline Roquebrune, whom he married in 1975 and who regularly accompanied him on the red carpet.
In 2009 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Edinburgh Napier University for the achievements throughout his career.
He appeared relaxed and in good health during his last public appearance, when he turned out to support fellow Scotsman Andy Murray at the US Open in September 2012.
The tennis star was shocked when Connery and Sir Alex Ferguson gatecrashed a post-match press conference in New York and posed for pictures with him and his mother Judy.
In the world of football, we told how Connery revealed in 2008 how he got a hard time from Celtic fans - because he switched his allegiance to Rangers.
He dumped his boyhood favourites, passed on by his father, when he met and became close pals with the Ibrox side's chairman, David Murray.
As one of the most high-profile supporters of Scottish independence, many expected Connery to make an appearance on the campaign trail in the run-up to the historic vote on September 18 2014.
His words were used to galvanise support at the launch of the Yes campaign two years previously, when the star declared in a message: "The people of Scotland are the best guardians of their own future."
The death of the 90-year-old was confirmed by his family on Saturday.
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Sean Connery's widow Micheline Roquebrune, 91, denies any involvement in a scam over the sale of the couple's Marbella home, in a case which saw the Bond star's lawyers jailed in 2016.Micheline Roquebrune, 91, denies any involvement in a scam over the sale of the couple's Marbella home, in a case which saw Bond star Connery's lawyers jailed in 2016.