Entertainment Sir Sean Connery tributes: what celebrities and politicians have said about the late Scottish Bond legend - from Jackie Stewart to Donald Trump
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.
Emotional tributes flooded in for the first 007 after he passed away
Scottish acting legend, 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.
He went on to appear in seven of the Bond blockbusters from 1962 to 1983, and.
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, who was born in Edinburgh,, including winning an Oscar in 1988 for his part in The Untouchables.
Tributes from Hollywood greats, fellow James Bond actors, authors and politicians flooded in for the actor after news of his death was announced.
Here are some of the reactions:
Which stars paid tribute to Sir Sean Connery?
Craig, the current James Bond, called Sir Sean “one of the true greats of cinema”.
In a statement, he said: "Sir Sean Connery will be remembered as Bond and so much more. He defined an era and a style.
"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."
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).
Dame Shirley Bassey
Dame Shirley provided the soundtracks to the Bond films Goldfinger and Diamonds Are Forever, which Connery starred in.
She said: "He was a wonderful person, a true gentleman and we will be forever connected by Bond.
"When we were younger I used to cheer Sean on from the sidelines whilst he played football in his team, The Showbiz 11.
"Well, I will always be there to cheer you on Sean. Forever in our hearts and may you rest in peace."
Sir Jackie Stewart
Former British Formula One champion and close pal of Connery, Jackie Stewart, spoke of his friendship with the star on Good Morning Britain.
He said: “He was an amazing man and a great, great friend.
"You couldn’t have done more to find someone that good. It’s a great loss.
"He was James Bond. The new man (Daniel Craig) is terrific but Sean had something that was different to everybody else."
Robert de Niro
The actor starred alongside Sir Sean in the 1987 gangster movie The Untouchables.
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.
He said in a statement: “I’m very sorry to hear about Sean’s passing. He seemed much younger than 90; I expected – and hoped– he’d be with us much longer. See you up there, Sean.”
Fellow James Bond icon Pierce Brosnan, who played 007 in the 1990s and early 2000s, paid a heartfelt tribute to Connery via Instagram.
He said: “Sir Sean Connery, you were my greatest James Bond as a boy, and as a man who became James Bond himself.
“You were mighty in every way, as an actor and as a man, and will remain so till the end of time. You were loved by the world, and will be missed. God bless, rest now, be at peace.”
Bond girl Valerie Leon, who co-starred alongside Connery in Never Say Never Again, paid tribute to the actor in a tweet alongside a picture of the two from the film:
“Remembering the definitive James Bond Sean Connery. I had the privilege of working with him in Never Say Never Again. He was a true star and will be much missed. RIP.”
The American President took to Twitter to call Connery “quite a guy, and a tough character”.
He said: “The legendary actor, 007 Sean Connery, has past [sic] on to even greener fairways.”
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Sir Sean’s co-star in 1990 spy-thriller The Hunt for Red October, Sam Neill, tweeted:
“Every day on set with Sean Connery was an object lesson in how to act on screen. But all that charisma and power - that was utterly unique to Sean. RIP that great man, that great actor.”
Hollywood great Alec Baldwin also starred alongside Connery in The Hunt for Red October.
Posting a video tribute to Instagram, he said: “I think everybody who worked with him would say the same thing — what a professional he was.
"He was such a great professional to work with. I learned so much from him. He was so kind to me and warm toward me, which he didn't have to be."
Star Trek actor George Takei took to Twitter to call Sir Sean a “movie legend”.
He wrote: “Sean Connery was a movie legend, even far into his golden years.
“Our strongest Bonds were formed by him, and he was Untouchable. He passed today at age 90, a suave hero to the end.”
The Greatest Showman star Hugh Jackman posted a tweet in tribute to Connery alongside a picture of him as Bond:
“I grew up idolizing Sean Connery. A legend on screen, and off. Rest In Peace.”
Spanish actor Antonio Banderas tweeted a tribute accompanied by some photographs of the late Connery.
He wrote simply: “Adios mister Connery. RIP.”
Horror and crime author Stephen King shared a picture from Sir Sean’s first film, the 1955 musical Lilacs in the Spring, alongside a short tribute:
“Sean Connery in his first starring role, as a washed-up boxer. He was a fine actor and by most accounts a good guy.”
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