The family has confirmed that Sir Sean Connery passed away at the age of 90.
The Scottish actor became famous for playing the iconic role of James Bond in seven different spy films. Sir Sean, who had been “unwell for some time,” passed away in his sleep in the Bahamas, according to his son. His seven-decade acting career culminated in an Academy Award for Best Actor in 1988 for his performance in The Untouchables.
Films like “The Hunt for Red October,” “Highlander,” “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” and “The Rock” all featured Sir Sean. When Jason Connery’s father passed away in Nassau during the night, he “had many of his relatives, who could be in the Bahamas, surrounding him,” Jason said. Filming for Thunderball, starring James Bond, took place there extensively.
Although his father had been ill for some time, he remarked, “We are all working at accepting this tremendous event as it only happened so lately.” It’s a sad day for my family and friends and for the millions of moviegoers around the world who were touched by his acting talent.
A memorial service is still being planned for after the virus has run its course, according to his publicist Nancy Seltzer.
His family consists of his wife Micheline and their two boys, Jason and Stephane. To paraphrase what Daniel Craig stated about Sir Sean in the image caption: The current James Bond, Daniel Craig, has called Sir Sean “one of the true greats of cinema.”
“Sir Sean Connery will be remembered as Bond and so much more,” he remarked.
He was the embodiment of a particular time and aesthetic. He contributed to the development of the modern blockbuster with his megawatt wit and charisma on screen.
He will have a lasting impact on the acting and filmmaking industries for many years to come. My heart goes out to all of the people he cares about. After mentioning Sir Sean’s passion for the game, he continued, “Wherever he is, I hope there is a golf course.”
Goldfinger theme singer Dame Shirley Bassey said of Sean: “I’m heartbroken to hear about Sean’s loss.
My heart goes out to him and his loved ones. He was an amazing man and a true gentleman; thanks to Bond, we will always be linked.
Sir Sean, an Edinburgh native who grew up in the neighborhood of Fountainbridge, made his big screen debut in the 1957 British gangster picture No Road Back. In 1962, he made his debut as James Bond in the film Dr. No, and he went on to star in five more official Bond films and the unofficial Never Say Never Again in 1983.
He consistently topped surveys as the best actor to play 007 in the series’ lengthy history.
A legendary figure in cinematic history
Connery infused James Bond with his brand of cold cruelty and sarcastic humor. The reviews were mostly negative, and some were downright vicious. However, the general population was not in agreement.
A wonderful combination of action, sensuality, and far-flung locales.
His Bond is now a museum exhibit, its image of women hopelessly out of date. Still exciting, but the sex was too often inappropriate.
Thankfully, it has been some time since 007 slapped a woman on the rear and demanded a kiss. Yet Connery’s portrayal was a product of its time, beloved by moviegoers of both sexes in the millions, and responsible for creating one of the most recognizable movie characters of the 20th century.
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In the year 2000, the Queen honored him with the title of “Sir” at Holyrood Palace. He turned 90 in August.
Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, who produced the Bond films, expressed their “devastation” at hearing the news of his death.
A statement was released that read, “He was and shall always be remembered as the original James Bond, whose indelible entrance into cinema history began with the famous words “the name’s Bond… James Bond.”
His portrayal of the suave and charismatic secret spy was so realistic and raw that it changed the world. It’s safe to say that he played a significant role in the film’s commercial success, and for that, we’ll be eternally thankful.
Sir Sean “made an indelible stamp in cinematic history,” according to George Lucas, the director of the Star Wars films and the man responsible for the Indiana Jones character.
For the rest of my life, I will think of him as Indy’s dad. Only someone with Sean Connery’s air of educated authority and sly sense of humorous mischief could turn Indiana Jones into a youthful regret or relief with a single severe fatherly chiding or jubilant hug.
I count myself fortunate to have known and worked with him. He has his family in my prayers.
The seven films starring Connery as James Bond, 007
Dr. No (1962)
Sincerely, Russia (1963)
Never Say Never Again (1967)
A diamond is a woman’s best friend forever (1971)
We Must Never Give Up Hope (1983)
Sir Sean was a staunch supporter of Scotland’s bid for independence from the United Kingdom; he even suggested in interviews before the 2014 referendum that he may move back to Scotland from the Bahamas if the country chose to secede.
It was with great sadness that I learned of Sir Sean Connery’s departure this morning,” said Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland. One of the most beloved sons of our land has died, and now we grieve his loss.
“Sean was born into a working-class family in Edinburgh and, through skill and pure hard work, rose to become an international film legend and one of the world’s most talented performers. Though he has a wide range of roles, Sean Connery will be forever associated with his portrayal of James Bond.
His towering presence at the opening of the Scottish Parliament in 1999 demonstrated his love for the country of his birth and made him an international icon, but he will always be remembered as a proud and patriotic Scot. Those of us who share Sean’s belief in a free and independent Scotland has a lot to be thankful for. Attended the 1999 opening of the first Scottish Parliament with his wife, Micheline Roquebrune.
He was the last of the real Hollywood stars and the quintessential Bond, according to Alex Salmond, the former prime minister of Scotland and a close friend of Sir Sean’s.
He went on to say, “Sean Connery was all of these things and more. He was also a profound thinker, an exceptional human being, and an unwavering patriot. The words “Scotland Forever” were inscribed on his heart as well as his arm, he said.