James Bond star Sir Sean Connery dies aged 90
Sir Sean Connery has died aged 90, his family has confirmed.
The Edinburgh-born star, who served in the Royal Navy before turning to acting, was best known for his portrayal of James Bond – being the first to bring the role to the big screen and appearing in seven of the spy thrillers, including Dr No, From Russia with Love and Goldfinger.
Sir Sean’s acting career spanned decades and his many awards included an Oscar, two Bafta awards and three Golden Globes.
His Oscar came in 1988, when he was named best supporting actor for his role as an Irish cop in The Untouchables.
He was largely regarded as being the best actor to have played 007 in the long-running franchise, often being named as such in polls.
Sir Sean's other films included The Hunt for Red October and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
He was knighted by the Queen at Holyrood Palace in 2000.
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.”
Tributes have been pouring in for the star.
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."
Dame Shirley Bassey, who sang the themes to three Bond films including Goldfinger, paid tribute saying: “I’m incredibly saddened to hear of Sean’s passing.
“My thoughts are with his family.
“He was a wonderful person, a true gentleman and we will be forever connected by Bond.”