'James Bond' actor Sean Connery dies at 90

October 31, 2020

"James Bond" actor Sir Sean Connery has passed away.

He was 90.

BBC was the first to report the news. Connery’s son, Jason Connery, said his father was “unwell for some time” prior to passing on Friday night.

He was among the sources that confirmed his father’s death, telling the BBC that Connery died in his sleep surrounded by “many of his family who could be in the Bahamas.”

The official James Bond Twitter posted the news shortly after.

Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli paid tribute to the late actor writing “We are devastated by the news of the passing of Sir Sean Connery. He was and shall always be remembered as the original James Bond whose indelible entrance into cinema history began when he announced those unforgettable words — “The name’s Bond... James Bond” — he revolutionised the world with his gritty and witty portrayal of the sexy and charismatic secret agent. He is undoubtedly largely responsible for the success of the film series and we shall be forever grateful to him.”

Celebrity tributes began to pour in immediately.

Salma Hayek wrote: "It saddens me that today the legendary Sean Connery passed away. At least he lived to be 90. My heart goes out to his close ones. May he rest in peace."

Hugh Jackman "idolized" Connery calling him a legend “on screen, and off.”

Connery's The Hunt for Red October co-star Sam Neill, wrote: "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."

Elizabeth Hurley added a simple tribute posting a photo of Connery from his Bond days with the caption: “RIP the glorious Sean Connery.”

The Scottish-born actor rocketed to fame as the 007 agent. He starred as the titular character in the 1962 film "Dr. No," and appeared in a total of seven films in the franchise.

Connery decided to hang up the pristine black suit in 1967 during the filming of “You Only Live Twice.” George Lazenby took over the iconic character in the 1969 film "On Her Majesty's Secret Service."

However, Connery returned as the iconic spy in 1971 for the seventh installment in the franchise titled “Diamonds Are Forever.” He also reprised the M16 agent for 1983’s “Never Say Never Again.”

Connery’s career extended far beyond his time with Bond. His role in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1964 classic “Marnie” took his career to the next level. He also took home an Academy Award for “Best Supporting Actor” for his role as Jim Malone in the 1987 mob film “The Untouchables.”

Other notable films included “The Wind and the Lion,” “The Man Who Would Be King” and “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.”

His star-power continued throughout his career as he was selected as People magazine’s “Sexiest Man of the Century” in 1999.

After a career spanning seven decades, Connery retired from acting in 2012 with his last role as the voice of “Sir Billi” in the animated film.

Connery is survived by his second wife, painter Micheline Roquebrune, whom he wed in 1975, Variety notes.

He is also survived by his son, Jason Connery, who he shared with first wife, Diane Cilento, and a grandson from Jason’s marriage to actress Mia Sara.

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