TORONTO, ON., Oct. 31, 2020 — Sean Connery, who was best known for portraying the role of James Bond 007, has passed away at the age of 90 years old.
Sir Sean Connery died peacefully in his sleep in the Bahamas, having been “unwell for some time”, his son told the BBC.
Jason Connery said his father “had many of his family who could be in the Bahamas around him” when he died overnight in Nassau. Much of Bond film Thunderball had been filmed there.
He said: “We are all working at understanding this huge event as it only happened so recently, even though my dad has been unwell for some time.
“A sad day for all who knew and loved my dad and a sad loss for all people around the world who enjoyed the wonderful gift he had as an actor.”
Scottish born actor James Connery played James Bond 7 times in the 1960’s and 70’s. Connery was the first actor to play James Bond on the silver screen in Dr. No in 1962.
Daniel Craig, the current James Bond, said Sir Sean was “one of the true greats of cinema”.
“Sir Sean Connery will be remembered as Bond and so much more,” he said.
“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 film-makers alike for years to come. My thoughts are with his family and loved ones.”
Connery whose acting career spanned five decades, won an Oscar in 1988 for his role in The Untouchables. Other notable films included The Hunt for Red October, Highlander, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and The Rock.
A brief look at Sean Connery’s best known roles and films:
- Dr. No
- Diamonds Are Forever
- Never Say Never Again
- You Only Live Twice
- From Russia with Love
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
- The Man who Would Be King
- The Rock
- The Offence
- Finding Forrester
- Robin and Marian
- Rising Sun
Sir Sean Connery was from Fountainbridge in Edinburgh, and he had his first major film appearance in 1957 British gangster film No Road Back.
He first played James Bond in Dr No in 1962 and went on to appear in five other official films – and the unofficial Never Say Never Again in 1983.
“He was and shall always be remembered as the original James Bond,” said Bond producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.
His publicist Nancy Seltzer said: “There will be a private ceremony followed by a memorial yet to be planned once the virus has ended.”
He leaves wife Micheline and sons Jason and Stephane.