Legendary James Bond Actor Sir Sean Connery Dies At 90

Sir Sean Connery has died at 90-years-old.

The BBC reported the news of the legendary actor’s death on Saturday. His son Jason told the BBC his father passed away peacefully in his sleep in the Bahamas after he had been “unwell for some time.”

Photo: CP Images/Andrew Ross/ABACA
Photo: CP Images/Andrew Ross/ABACA

Best known for portraying the first James Bond on screen, Connery brought seven 007 films to audiences.

Novelist Ian Fleming created the Bond character, with Connery first taking British agent 007 to the big screen with “Dr. No” in 1962.

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Born in Scotland, the iconic Oscar-winning actor’s work in movies spanned decades until his retirement in 2003.

He won the Best Actor in a Supporting Role Academy Award in 1988 for his portrayal of Jim Malone in “The Untouchables”. In addition, he took home two BAFTA Awards and three Golden Globe Awards throughout his career.

Connery received multiple nominations for his late ’80s and ’90s film roles, including “The Hunt For Red October” and “Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade”.

The Queen gave the iconic actor his knighthood in 2000.

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Connery just turned 90 on Aug. 25, 2020.

He is survived by his son, Jason Connery, 57, from his first marriage to the late Diane Cilento from 1962 to 1973. He also leaves behind his second wife of 45 years, Micheline Roquebrune, and her three children – who became his stepchildren when the couple wed in 1975 – Stephane, Oliver and Micha.

Hollywood took to social media to pay tribute to the late star on Saturday:

The current Bond actor, Daniel Craig, gave the following statement: “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. He will continue to influence actors and filmmakers alike for years to come. My thoughts are with his family and loved ones. Wherever he is, I hope there is a golf course.”

Tippi Hendren, who starred in “Marine” with Connery, said in a statement, “I feel so fortunate to have worked with Sean. I am just so grateful to have had the honour of knowing him as a dear friend. He was a fabulous man and so very talented. He had a great sense of humour and he made our job fun. An elegant man, a brilliant actor and an over all amazing individual. Not to mention extremely attractive.”

Robert De Niro said, “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.”

 

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