Entertainment Daniel Craig remembers the late Sir Sean Connery: 'One of the true greats of cinema'
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.
Daniel Craig has praised Sir Sean Connery as “one of the true greats of cinema” following his passing.
The iconic James Bond actor - who was the first to play 007 on the big screen - has passed away at the age of 90, and current Bond star Daniel has now paid tribute to his franchise ancestor, praising him as an “influence” and inspiration to “actors and filmmakers alike”.
In a statement shared by the official James Bond Twitter account, Craig said: “It is with such sadness that I heard of the passing of one of the true greats of cinema.
“Sir Sean Connery will be remembered as Bond and so much more. He defined an era and a style. The wit and charm he portrayed on screen could be measured in mega watts; he helped create the modern blockbuster.
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 will continue to influence actors and film-makers alike for years to come.
“My thoughts are with his family and loved ones.
“Wherever he is, I hope there is a golf course.”
Connery’s first outing as British super spy Bond was in 1962's 'Dr. No' and in total he played author Ian Fleming's character a total of seven times with films such as 'Goldfinger' and 'Diamonds Are Forever' considered classics of the franchise to this day.
Whilst Craig took over the role in 2006 with ‘Casino Royale’, and has appeared in five Bond movies to date, including the upcoming 25th instalment of the franchise, ‘No Time To Die’.
Connery’s family confirmed on Saturday (31.10.20) the legendary actor had passed away in his sleep while in the Bahamas.
In August, he topped a poll conducted by RadioTimes.com to be named the best ever James Bond.
After Bond, Connery's several decades spanning career included numerous hits such as 'Highlander', 'The Hunt for Red October', 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade' and 'The Rock'.
His performances earned him multiple accolades, including two BAFTAs, three Golden Globes and a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role as an Irish cop in 1987 crime drama 'The Untouchables'.
In 2000, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Holyrood Palace for his services to film.
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