Earlier today, the world of film lost a huge star when news emerged that acting legend, Sir Sean Connery, had passed away.
The Scottish actor was best known for playing James Bond, and being the first to bring the role to the big screen. In total Connery appeared in seven of the spy thrillers.
Now, the James Bond producers have paid a special tribute to the original Bond.
Rest in peace.
Acting legend, Sir Sean Connery, has tragically passed away at the age of 90.
Connery came from humble beginnings before making a huge name for himself in the film industry.
And he was the first actor to bring the role to the big screen, appearing in seven of the spy thrillers in total.
Well to be precise, Connery starred in Dr. No (1962), From Russia with Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), and You Only Live Twice (1967.
And starred again as Bond in Diamonds Are Forever (1971) and Never Say Never Again (1983).
However, he was far more than just 007 – starring in a plethora of critically acclaimed films.
Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade, The Hunt for Red October, and Time Bandits, amongst many many more.
Such as a BAFTA award for his performance in 1986’s The Name of the Rose and then an Academy Award.
For his performance as a hardy Irish-American police officer in 1987’s The Untouchables.
In 2000, he was knighted by the Queen in Edinburgh for his services to film and drama.
Connery described the moment as the ‘proudest day of [his] life.’
Despite the Academy Award and a Knighthood, Connery was also voted several times as ‘The Greatest Living Scot’ and ‘Scotland’s Greatest Living National Treasure’.
According to the BBC, after being unwell for quite some time, Sir Sean Connery passed away in his sleep in the Bahamas just over a month after celebrating his 90th birthday.
One fan wrote:
When I was a student in Edinburgh in the early 80s, we rented a flat in Marchmont. The old lady who owned it told us very proudly that Sean Connery used to be her milkman when he was a young lad. A Scottish icon then & now. Goodbye, Mr Bond.
Damn you, Sean Connery…I was not planning on crying this morning. Rest in Peace.
The Name’s Bond… James Bond First person to say that iconic dialogue….!!! RIP Sir Sean Connery you only live twice they say But you live forever in our hearts
In a series of tweets, they wrote:
Sir Sean Connery has died at the age of 90. He was the first actor to play James Bond on the big screen in Dr. No in 1962, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice and Diamonds Are Forever followed.
Taking to Twitter, they wrote:
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.
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.
Jurassic Park actor, 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.
I grew up idolizing #SeanConnery. A legend on screen, and off. Rest In Peace.
Sean will be remembered best as James Bond – the classic 007 – but his roles were many & varied. He was a global legend but, first and foremost, a patriotic and proud Scot.
Connery is survived by his wife, Micheline Roquebrune, a French-Moroccan painter, who he married in 1975, as well as his son, Jason, from a previous marriage to Diane Cileto.
Our thoughts go out to Connery’s family and friends during this hard time.