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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.
Actor Sean Connery has died at the age of 90. This kilted Scottish man has had an incredible career, but he came to fame quite late with James Bond.
What images come to mind when you think of Sean Connery who died in the night from Friday to Saturday, at 90 years old, in the Bahamas?
Obviously that of "James, James Bond", always dressed to the nines. But also that of Professor Jones, daddy of Indiana / Harrison Ford. That of Mark Rutland facing thief Tippi Hedren in front of Hitchcock’s camera in No Spring for Marnie. Or of course the head of Guillaume de Baskerville, his hair this time white under his Franciscan hood, in Le nom de la rose by Jean-Jacques Annaud.
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.
Just with these few films, we can see how much this actor has accompanied us, moved, made us laugh, kept us going for decades in the cinema.Odd jobs…
Fame was not there quickly, however. He was already 32 when the first James Bond was released, the one in which he faced Dr No (1962).
Previously, Sean Connery had grown up in a very modest environment. In Edinburgh, her father drives construction machinery and her mother is a cleaner. At eight, he was already doing odd jobs to support his family, before and after school. At 16, he briefly enlisted in the navy and then became a mason, delivery man, lifeguard, car salesman and even coffin varnisher ... and, from his 1.89m height, a candidate for the Miss Universe title! He even refuses a proposal to become a professional footballer. He was pretty good.
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The show comes into his life through figuration in a musical. A few roles follow one another for television and cinema without anything really striking standing out from the crowd. But it's still seeing one of these very average films, Darby O'Gill and the Goblins, that the producer Albert R. Broccoli sees in him a possible interpreter of the secret agent imagined by the writer Ian Fleming .
It is the start of a long collaboration of seven films where his build, class, sparkling eye and deep voice are wreaking havoc around the world.
However, he manages not to get locked into this stereotypical role and shoots under the direction of John Huston, Sidney Lumet, John Boorman… The distinctions he receives are not for James Bond but for The name of the rose or The incorruptibles by Brian de Palma.
Awards well below its place in the box office of its 74 films including many very big hits where we can also quote Highlander (he still played the mentor of a young person), In pursuit of Red October, Murder on the Orient Express, A Bridge Too Far, Robin Hood or The Hill of Lost Men.
He was also knighted by Elisabeth II in 2000. A ceremony where he came dressed in the traditional Scottish kilt because, all his life, Sean Connery was a fervent defender of the Scottish cause. He kept his accent all his life.
In the West, Sean Connery had come to the Deauville festival in 1981 where a tribute was paid to him but he liked more the south of France where he owned a house near Nice. But it was in the Bahamas where he had lived since the 1990s that he passed away.
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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.