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.”
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.
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.
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.”
Sean Connery was a legend, one of the greatest actors of all time. He provided endless entertainment for all of us & inspiration for me. I’m not just saying that because he was a bodybuilder who placed in the Mr. Universe contest! He was an icon. My thoughts are with his family.
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) October 31, 2020
RIP to our James Bond icon Sean Connery. https://t.co/io6akhEncy
— Viola Davis (@violadavis) October 31, 2020
Sir Sean Connery has died at the age of 90. He was the first actor to play James Bond on the big screen in Dr. No in 1962, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice and Diamonds Are Forever followed. pic.twitter.com/VaFPHCM5Ou
— James Bond (@007) October 31, 2020
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) October 31, 2020
Every day on set with #SeanConnery 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 . https://t.co/W8MQrFYlJ0
— Sam Neill (@TwoPaddocks) October 31, 2020
RIP Sir Sean Connery.. a trailblazer, a true legend and a gentleman https://t.co/hkLwouejZI
— Robert Carlyle (@robertcarlyle_) October 31, 2020
How infinitely sad to hear the news Sir Sean Connery has passed away. He and Roger were friends for many decades and Roger always maintained Sean was the best ever James Bond. RIP
— Sir Roger Moore (Legacy) (@sirrogermoore) October 31, 2020
We’ve lost another legend today. After watching Highlander I hoped he’d remain immortal. He will live on through his immense work. #RIP Sean Connery. There will never be a better Bond than you. 🙏🏽
— Abhishek Bachchan (@juniorbachchan) October 31, 2020
What a legend. R.I.P. https://t.co/dVEoej4krC
— Caitríona Balfe (@caitrionambalfe) October 31, 2020
Look out God! pic.twitter.com/4xGtaBPv16
— Rob Delaney (@robdelaney) October 31, 2020
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.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) October 31, 2020
RIP Sean Connery… the only Bond. From Scotland with Love and a broken heart 🏴💔 https://t.co/jfMVXp0o8u
— Cary Elwes (@Cary_Elwes) October 31, 2020
Sean Connery in his first starring role, as a washed-up boxer. He was a fine actor and by most accounts a good guy. pic.twitter.com/q1kmxUrFGC
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) October 31, 2020
RIP the glorious Sean Connery pic.twitter.com/pzQ20gtFz9
— Elizabeth Hurley (@ElizabethHurley) October 31, 2020
He was my Dad’s James Bond, so Dad supported Mr. Connery’s career his entire life, always taking me to see any movie his fave actor was in. I have sweet memories of watching Dad watch his movie idol. So Sean Connery’s passing also feels like I’m losing Dad again. RIP, Dr. Jones. pic.twitter.com/8ElVyac1kV
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) October 31, 2020