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Entertainment From 1950s to the noughties, Sir Sean Connery's career in pictures

20:25  31 october  2020
20:25  31 october  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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After catapulting to fame as the first ever James Bond, Sir Sean Connery had a glamorous and varied 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).

In August 2020 he was voted the best ever Bond, seeing off competition from stars including Daniel Craig, Roger Moore and Pierce Brosnan in the poll for RadioTimes.com.

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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 Brian De Palma's The Untouchables (1987), with his role as a tough gang-busting Irish policeman who mentors Kevin Costner's Eliot Ness winning him an Academy Award for best supporting actor.

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  Robert De Niro pays tribute to his former co-star Sir Sean Connery 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.

In 1988 he won his first British Academy Film Awards (Bafta) for his role as a Franciscan friar in European mystery drama The Name of The Rose, and a decade later was recognised as one of the silver screen greats by a Bafta Fellowship Award for lifetime achievement.

Sir Sean also starred as the father of the leading role in Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade in 1989, and received a Bafta nomination for best supporting actor.

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The 1990s brought performances in The Hunt For Red October (1990), Dragonheart (1996) and Entrapment, where he played the villain as art thief in 1999 love story/thriller with Catherine Zeta-Jones, which Sir Sean also produced.

In 2006, Sir Sean received the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award, when he confirmed his retirement from acting.

Following the 007 icon's death at the age of 90, below is a look back at his highlights on screen from the 1950s to the noughties.

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