Sir Sean Connery has died at the age of 90, his household has mentioned.
The Scottish actor was finest recognized for his portrayal of James Bond, being the primary to deliver the position to the large display screen and showing in seven of the spy thrillers.
Sir Sean died peacefully in his sleep within the Bahamas, having been “unwell for a while”, his son mentioned.
His appearing profession spanned seven many years and he received an Oscar in 1988 for his position in The Untouchables.
Sir Sean’s different movies included The Hunt for Crimson October, Highlander, Indiana Jones and the Final Campaign and The Rock.
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Jason Connery mentioned his father “had a lot of his household, who may very well be within the Bahamas, round him” when he died in a single day in Nassau. A lot of the Bond movie Thunderball had been filmed there.
He mentioned: “We’re all working at understanding this enormous occasion because it solely occurred so lately, although my dad has been unwell for a while.
“A tragic day for all who knew and cherished my dad and a tragic loss for all individuals around the globe who loved the great present he had as an actor.”
His publicist Nancy Seltzer mentioned: “There will probably be a non-public ceremony adopted by a memorial but to be deliberate as soon as the virus has ended.”
He leaves his spouse Micheline and sons Jason and Stephane.
Daniel Craig, the present James Bond, mentioned Sir Sean was “one of many true greats of cinema”.
“Sir Sean Connery will probably be remembered as Bond and a lot extra,” he mentioned.
“He outlined a period and a method. The wit and appeal he portrayed on the display screen may very well be measured in megawatts; he helped create the trendy blockbuster.
“He’ll proceed to affect actors and film-makers alike for years to come back. My ideas are along with his household and family members.”
In reference to Sir Sean’s love of golf, he added: “Wherever he’s, I hope there’s a golf course.”
Dame Shirley Bassey, who sang the themes to 3 Bond movies together with Goldfinger, paid tribute saying: “I am extremely saddened to listen to of Sean’s passing.
“My ideas are along with his household. He was a beautiful individual, a real gentleman and we will probably be endlessly related by Bond.”
Sir Sean, from Fountainbridge in Edinburgh, had his first main movie look in 1957 British gangster movie No Highway Again.
He first performed James Bond in Dr No in 1962 and went on to look in 5 different official movies – and the unofficial By no means Say By no means Once more in 1983.
He was largely thought to be being the most effective actor to have performed 007 within the long-running franchise, typically being named as such in polls.
A 20th Century film icon
Connery made the character of James Bond his personal, mixing ruthlessness with sardonic wit. Many critics did not prefer it and a few of the evaluations had been scathing. However the public didn’t agree.
The motion scenes, intercourse and unique areas had been a profitable method.
In fact, his Bond is now a museum piece; the portrayal of girls impossibly dated. The motion scenes are nonetheless thrilling, however the intercourse too typically bordered on the non-consensual.
Fortunately, its been some time since 007 slapped a girl on the bottom and compelled a kiss. However, Connery’s efficiency was of its time, loved by tens of millions of each sex and gave the silver display screen a 20th Century icon.
He was knighted by the Queen at Holyrood Palace in 2000. In August, he celebrated his 90th birthday.
Bond producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli mentioned they had been “devastated by the information” of his loss of life.
They mentioned: “He was and shall at all times be remembered as the unique James Bond whose indelible entrance into cinema historical past started when he introduced these unforgettable phrases ‘the identify’s Bond… James Bond’.
“He revolutionised the world along with his gritty and witty portrayal of the attractive and charismatic undercover agent. He’s undoubtedly largely chargeable for the success of the movie sequence and we will be endlessly grateful to him.”
Star Wars director George Lucas, who additionally created the Indiana Jones character, mentioned Sir Sean “left an indelible mark in cinematic historical past”.
“He’ll at all times maintain a particular place in my coronary heart as Indy’s dad. With an air of clever authority and sly sense of comedic mischief, solely somebody like Sean Connery might render Indiana Jones instantly into boyish remorse or reduction by a stern fatherly chiding or rejoiceful hug.
“I am grateful for having had the nice fortune to have recognized and laboured with him. My ideas are along with his household.”
Simply the seven as 007 – Connery’s Bond films
- Dr No (1962)
- From Russia with Love (1963)
- Goldfinger (1964)
- Thunderball (1965)
- You Solely Dwell Twice (1967)
- Diamonds are Eternally (1971)
- By no means Say By no means Once more (1983)
Sir Sean was a long-time supporter of Scottish independence, saying in interviews within the run-up to the 2014 referendum that he may return from his Bahamas house to dwell in Scotland if it voted to interrupt away from the remainder of the UK.
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon mentioned: “I used to be heartbroken to study this morning of the passing of Sir Sean Connery. Our nation at this time mourns considered one of her finest cherished sons.
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“Sean was born right into a working class Edinburgh household and thru expertise and sheer exhausting work, turned a world movie icon and one of many world’s most achieved actors. Sean will probably be remembered finest as James Bond – the basic 007 – however his roles had been many and different.
“He was a world legend, however, at the start, a patriotic and proud Scot – his towering presence on the opening of the Scottish Parliament in 1999 confirmed his love for the nation of his delivery. Sean was a lifelong advocate of an impartial Scotland and people of us who share that perception owe him a terrific debt of gratitude.”
Alex Salmond, former first minister of Scotland, who was shut associates with Sir Sean, described him as “the world’s biggest Scot, the final of the true Hollywood stars, the definitive Bond”.
He mentioned: “Sean Connery was all of these items however far more. He was additionally a staunch patriot, a deep thinker and excellent human being.”
He added: “‘Scotland Eternally’ wasn’t simply tattooed on his forearm however was imprinted on his soul.”