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Sir Sean Connery dies at the age of 90

31 October, 2020

It's with great sadness that I report that Sir Sean Connery has died at the age of 90.

Sean Connery is the second James Bond actor to pass away, after Sir Roger Moore died on May 23rd 2017 at age 89.

Sean Connery passes away at age 90

Sean Connery as James Bond in Goldfinger

Sir Sean died peacefully in his sleep, while in the Bahamas, having been "unwell for some time", his son Jason Connery said. His father "had many of his family who could be in the Bahamas around him" when he died overnight in Nassau.

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."

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Sean Connery on the set of Dr No

Scottish actor Sean Connery was of course best known for his portrayal of James Bond - defining the part on the screen. He played in 7 James Bond films, Dr. No (1962), From Russia With Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), Diamonds Are Forever (1971) and the non-EON produced Never Say Never Again (1983).

His acting career spanned five decades, and other films included The Hunt for Red October, Highlander, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and The Rock. In 1988 he won an Academy Award for his role in The Untouchables.

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Sean Connery and Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones

Sean Connery was often mentioned in polls as the best actor to play James Bond.

This August 2020, Connery celebrated his 90th birthday.

James Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson said: “We are devastated by the news of the passing of 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.”

Daniel Craig said:  “It is with such sadness that I heard of the passing of one of the true greats of cinema. Sir Sean Connery will be remembered as Bond and so much more. 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. Wherever he is, I hope there is a golf course.”

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Sean Connery in Goldfinger

 

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Rest in peace, Sir Sean Connery, so grateful for all you have given us!

 

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With great sadness, I heard today of the death of Sean Connery. For me, he was the James Bond who shaped and made the whole series successful. Rest in peace 007, your legend will remain forever. Sincerely Joerg
Sean Connery changed my life. When I was nine, my Mom and Stepdad asked me what I wanted to do for my birthday. Now, having your birthday in the first week of February well and truly sucks; it’s always freezing and miserable. Still, it took me all of a second and a half to answer. “I want to see Diamonds Are Forever at the Woods Theater.” And that’s exactly what we did, braving the freezing-cold winds of the Loop to make our way to the Woods Theater, the last of the grand movie palaces in Chicago at the corner of Dearborn and Randolph. I remember getting there nice and early so we could get the best seats - in the middle, about 1/3 of the way up from the front. And, for the next two hours I got to see the most larger-than-life character in movie history being portrayed by the most perfect actor to ever portray him, on a screen three times as big as our house. Sean Connery as James Bond was my first hero. He was smart. He was cool. He was tough. He was graceful. And he could wear the hell out of a tuxedo no matter how exotic the location. To a kid living in a small, rural town at the farthest edge of the suburbs, Sean Connery made me want to see as much of the world as possible. Thanks to my chosen profession, I’ve been lucky enough to see a great deal of it. And, whenever I’ve been overseas, from London to Rome to Tangier to Cape Town to Hong Kong, I’ve always thought of Mr. Connery as I’ve walked their streets. When I was a kid, I learned how to kiss watching him in Goldfinger on the ABC Sunday Night Movie. I stood in front of the bathroom mirror trying to teach myself how to raise a single eyebrow like only he could. I ended up perfecting it with my right eyebrow, but I never could get the left one to go up independently. I learned to tough things out - I always pretended my poor dentist was Blofeld and I would refuse to give him the satisfaction of knowing that something hurt. And, from my early 20’s until today, I have always, always owned a tuxedo. Of course, I eventually had to unlearn a lot of the things I learned from Bond movies: a whole lot of sexism, a dash of racism, and that jumping from a great height into a small body of water (in my case, from nearly 30 feet up in a tree into a 3-foot deep, above-ground pool in Ray Murray’s parents’ backyard) is something best left to MI6 operatives and/or their stuntmen. But the one thing I never outgrew was my love of Sean Connery. Every time I’d go to see him in a film, part of me would still be that eight-year old kid, wide-eyed in the middle of the theater, hanging on every word. The Man Who Would Be King, The Hunt for Red October, Finding Forrester, The Rock, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and The Untouchables, to name just a few. I can give you at least three quotes from every movie, as I’m sure many of you can, too. And now he’s gone. Nobody lives forever, which, while sounding like a Bond movie title, is, in fact, a sad truth. But, for as long as there is film, Sean Connery will always be alive to me. So, thanks for all those films, Mr. Connery. And thanks for changing my life.
Having been an article contributor to this site for ten years, allow me this one final contribution regarding the passing of Sir Sean Connery: Just like he did in You Only Live Twice, he died in bed. He would have wanted it this way.
Spring of 63' and I was in the U S Navy *. While on a 24 hr Liberty in Longbeach Ca , I happened to see the movie Dr Noat an old seaside Theater.I thought Sean Connery play his part Perfectly and as I left that Theater I recall saying to myself, ' ' That was a great movie, I hope they make a sequel ' ' ** In the movie, I noticed Sean had Tattoos on each arm. Back then, Only Sailors had Tattoos. Curious, a few years later I did some research and was happy to see Mr. Connery served in the Royal Navy. Off screen as well , he was quite a person & a strong Role Model for men, not wok.
Spring of 63' and I was in the U S Navy *. While on a 24 hr Liberty in Longbeach Ca , I happened to see the movie Dr No at an old seaside Theater.I thought Sean Connery played his part Perfectly and as I left that Theater I recall saying to myself, ' ' That was a great movie, I hope they make a sequel ' ' ** In the movie, I noticed Sean had Tattoos on each arm. Back then, Only Sailors had Tattoos. Curious, a few years later I did some research and was happy to see Mr. Connery served in the Royal Navy. Off screen as well , he was quite a person & a strong Role Model for men, not wok.
It is with extreme sorrow that remembering an iconic character, an extraordinary man, I offer the family of Sir Sean Connery the deepest condolences for the sad loss ... We all grew up with you!

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