Entertainment Legendary British actor Sean Connery has died aged 90
The life of Sean Connery and why he was one of Scotland's greatest
While the world fawned over his good looks and distinct accent, Sean Connery never forgot his roots.His performance in Dr No in 1962 set the proud Scot on a path that would lead to Hollywood stardom.
Legendary actor Sean Connery, best known for playing fictional spy James Bond, has died at the age of 90, leading to an outpouring of tributes for one of Britain's best-loved screen heroes.
Sir Sean's son Jason told the BBC that his father died peacefully in his sleep overnight while in the Bahamas, having been "unwell for some time".
The Scottish actor, who was knighted in 2000, won numerous awards during his decades-spanning career, including an Oscar, three Golden Globes and two Bafta awards.
Sir Sean Connery hailed as ‘true great of cinema’ following death aged 90
The Scottish actor appeared in seven of the James Bond thrillers between 1962 and 1983. © Provided by PA Media Sean Connery at 30 (PA) Sir Sean’s five-decade career saw him win an Oscar, two Baftas and three Golden Globes.His other notable films include Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade, Highlander and The Hunt For Red October.He was on a number of occasions voted by fans as the best actor to have played 007 in the long-running franchise, beating Craig and Sir Roger Moore.He was knighted in the 2000 New Year Honours for services to film drama.In August, he celebrated his 90th birthday.
"He was and shall always be remembered as the original James Bond," said the movie franchise's producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.
"He revolutionised the world with his gritty and witty portrayal of the sexy and charismatic secret agent."
The pair added Connery was "undoubtedly largely responsible for the success of the film series and we shall be forever grateful to him."
A message on a Twitter account maintained for fellow late Bond actor Roger Moore, who died in 2017, called the news of his passing "infinitely sad".
Sir Michael Caine remembers ‘great star, wonderful friend’ Sir Sean Connery
Co-stars and many from the world of film have remembered the late star.Tributes have flooded in for the veteran star, who was the first actor to play 007 on the big screen in Dr No in 1962.
It added: "He and Roger were friends for many decades and Roger always maintained Sean was the best ever James Bond. RIP."
Hollywood star Hugh Jackman said: "I grew up idolizing #SeanConnery. A legend on screen, and off. Rest In Peace."
Connery, born in Edinburgh in 1930, claimed his sole Oscar in 1988 for best supporting actor for his role as an Irish cop in "The Untouchables".
He also starred in "The Hunt for Red October", "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" and "The Rock".
But it is his smooth, Scottish-accented portrayal of the suave spy 007 that earned him lasting worldwide fame and adoration.
The first actor to utter the unforgettable "Bond, James Bond", Connery made six official films as novelist Ian Fleming's creation, giving what many still consider as the definitive portrayal.
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.
A bricklayer, lifeguard, and coffin polisher, among other manual jobs, before he found fame, Connery kickstarted his acting career after a bodybuilding hobby led him to enter the Mr Universe competition.
There, a fellow competitor urged him to audition for acting parts and he soon started landing small roles.
His big break came by starring as Bond in 1962's "Dr. No", the franchise's first film.
He went to play Bond in "From Russia With Love" (1963), "Goldfinger" (1964), "Thunderball" (1965), "You Only Live Twice" (1967) and "Diamonds Are Forever" (1971).
He made a comeback as the British spy in the unofficial 1983 film "Never Say Never Again".
Off-screen, Connery was a fiercely proud Scot and a financial backer of the Scottish National Party (SNP), which advocates for independence for Scotland from the UK.
The nation's former First Minister Alex Salmond reacted to his death by describing Connery as "the world's greatest Scot, the last of the real Hollywood stars, the definitive Bond."
Salmond said his signature voice, spirit and passion had endured even though "his health was failing" in recent years.
"I will miss him. Scotland will miss him. The world will miss him," he added.
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