James Bond actor Sir Sean Connery has died at the age of 90
Tributes have poured in for the late actor
James Bond star Sir Sean Connery has passed away at the age of 90, his family have revealed.
Connery was best known for becoming the first actor to take the James Bond role to the big screen. While it had previously been shown only on radio, TV and in comic books, Sean Connery was the first to star in a film franchise as 007.
His first James Bond film was Dr. No (1962), and he starred as 007 in a total of seven James Bond films. After his debut as Bond in Dr. No, Connery starred in the next four Bond movies: From Russia with Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), and You Only Live Twice (1967). He later returned as James Bond in two further films, Diamonds Are Forever (1971) and Never Say Never Again (1983).
His performance as Bond was so iconic that the American Film Institute (AFI) voted him the third-greatest hero in the history of cinema.
His acting career spanned forty years, and he officially retired from the stage in 2006. His honours two Bafta awards, three Golden Globes and an Oscar he won in 1988 for best supporting actor in The Untouchables.
Some of the other films he starred in include The Hunt for Red October, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and The Rock.
Connery regularly topped public polls as the greatest James Bond actor of all time.
He was knighted by the Queen at Holyrood Palace in 2000.
Tributes have poured in online for Sean Connery.
Shaken and, on this occasion, stirred to hear that Sir Sean Connery has passed away. Had the pleasure of playing golf with him on a couple of occasions. A real character and for me, the best Bond. James Bond should be immortal. RIP
— Gary Lineker 💙 (@GaryLineker) October 31, 2020
RIP Sir Sean Connery, 90.
The first James Bond.
The best James Bond.
What sad news. pic.twitter.com/nT3Cx4oShv
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 31, 2020
1/ I was heartbroken to learn this morning of the passing of Sir Sean Connery. Our nation today mourns one of her best loved sons.
— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) 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