Sean Connery, Oscar Winner and James Bond Star, Dies at 90

Sean Connery, Oscar Winner and James Bond Star, Dies at 90

10/31/2020 3:34:00 PM

Sean Connery, Oscar Winner and James Bond Star, Dies at 90

Sean Connery, the Scottish-born actor who rocketed to fame as James Bond and became one of the franchise’s most popular and enduring international stars, has died. He was 90. Connery, long re…

, the Scottish-born actor who rocketed to fame as James Bond and became one of the franchise’s most popular and enduring international stars, has died. He was 90.Connery, long regarded as one of the best actors to have portrayed the iconic spy, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2000 and marked his 90th birthday in August. His death was confirmed by his family, according to the BBC, which notes that the actor died in his sleep while in the Bahamas. It’s believed he had been unwell for some time. His last acting role had been in Stephen Norrington’s “The League of Extraordinary Gentleman” (2003).

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Connery was an audience favorite for more than 40 years and one of the screen’s most reliable and distinctive leading men. The actor was recently voted the best James Bond actor in an August Radio Times poll in the U.K. More than 14,000 voted and Connery claimed 56% of the vote.

In a statement on Saturday, Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said Connery “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 revolutionized 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,” said the producers.However, Connery — who made his debut in the first Bond film, “Dr. No” (1962) — also transcended Ian Fleming’s sexy Agent 007, and went on to distinguish himself with a long and mature career in such films as “The Wind and the Lion” (1975), “The Man Who Would Be King” (1975) and “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” (1989).

His turn as a tough Irish cop in Depression-era Chicago in Brian De Palma’s “The Untouchables” (1987) brought him a supporting actor Oscar.Even as he entered his seventh decade, Connery’s star power remained so strong that he was constantly in demand and handsomely remunerated. In 1999 he was selected People magazine’s Sexiest Man of the Century, and from his 007 days to “Entrapment” (1999), opposite the much-younger Catherine Zeta-Jones, his screen roles more than justified the choice. Age seemed only to intensify his sex appeal and virility.

In his early career, his physique was his main asset as he modeled and picked up acting jobs where he could. In 1956, he landed the role of a battered prizefighter in the BBC production of “Requiem for a Heavyweight.” Good notices brought him to the attention of the entertainment community, and his first film was “No Road Back,” a B crime movie in 1956. He seemed doomed to play the hunk to ageing leading ladies, as he did opposite Lana Turner in “Another Time, Another Place,” or roles that stressed his looks such as “Tarzan’s Great Adventure” in 1959.

It was easy to dismiss him in films like “Darby O’Gill and the Little People,” but his Count Vronsky to Claire Bloom’s Anna Karenina on the BBC brought him some respect and the kind of attention needed to raise him to the top of the Daily Express’ poll of readers asked to suggest the ideal James Bond.

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After an interview with producers Albert Broccoli and Harry Saltzman, he landed the role without a screen test, according to Saltzman. It was a controversial choice at the time, as Connery was an unknown outside Britain. But 1962’s “Dr. No,” the first of the Bond films, made him an international star.

His stature grew with the ever more popular sequels “From Russia With Love,” “Goldfinger” and “Thunderball,” which arrived over the next four years. Bond gave Connery a license to earn; he was paid only $30,000 for “Dr. No” but $400,000 for Alfred Hitchcock’s “Marnie” and was soon getting $750,000 a film.

His initial efforts to break out of the Bond mold, however, proved fruitless. Films like “A Fine Madness,” “Shalako” and “The Molly Maguires” were well-intentioned attempts that did nothing to shake Connery as Bond from the public consciousness. After 1967’s “You Only Live Twice,” he left the Bond franchise, but he was coaxed back for 1971’s “Diamonds Are Forever.” He looked old for the role, and the series seemed tired, so with that, he left Bond behind — though money would tempt him back once last time in 1983 for “Never Say Never Again.”

He took a major misstep with sci-fi film “Zardoz,” and his career seemed to be foundering.Sean Connery and Luciana Paoluzzi filming “Thunderball” at Pinewood Studios in the U.K. (AP)But he bounced back in 1974 with a supporting role in “Murder on the Orient Express” and the following year with “The Wind and the Lion” and “The Man Who Would Be King,” two bold adventures featuring a mature, salt-and-pepper-bearded Connery. “Robin and Marian” (1976) opposite Audrey Hepburn was not a popular success, but critics embraced it, and the film cemented Connery’s reputation as a versatile, serious screen actor.

In the late 1970s, there were more missteps such as “Meteor,” “A Bridge Too Far” and “Cuba.” But he scored in Terry Gilliam’s “Time Bandits.” It wasn’t until after his last Bond film that his standing as a box office star caught up to his critical reputation, thanks mostly to two huge worldwide hits: “Highlander,” which was not a big hit in the U.S., and “The Name of the Rose,” which was also much more popular abroad.

BAFTA gave him a best actor award for “Name of the Rose,” and he received his Oscar for “The Untouchables.” After that, he was an instant greenlight any time he agreed to take a role even if some of them, such as “The Presidio,” and “Family Business,” were not so hot.

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Pairing Connery and Harrison Ford as father and son in the third “Indiana Jones” film was an inspired move, and the film grossed almost half a billion dollars worldwide.Meanwhile, “The Hunt for Red October,” in which Connery played a defecting Soviet sub captain, was also a major hit in 1990.

By the 1990s, he was so popular that his uncredited cameo as King Richard in “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” became one of the film’s highlights.He was still a force to contend with in the foreign market, as “Highlander 2,” “Medicine Man,” “Rising Sun,” “Just Cause” and “First Knight” proved over the next several years. His salary was regularly $5 million and above.

One setback was a bout with throat cancer in the early 1990s, but Connery rebounded with a burst of activity. He starred with Nicolas Cage in 1996 actioner “The Rock,” playing a character that drew more than a little on his history as James Bond. In 2000, he essayed a very different role and received positive reviews for “Finding Forrester,” playing a reclusive writer who bonds with a young black basketball player who’s an aspiring scribe himself.

Nevertheless, he continued with action roles well after his 70th birthday, playing the legendary adventurer Allan Quatermain in 2003’s “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.” He announced his retirement in 2005. He voiced a James Bond videogame the same year, and he subsequently did some other voice acting, playing the title character in the animated short “Sir Billi the Vet” and reprising the role in 2010 for “Sir Billi,” which he also exec produced.

Thomas Sean Connery was born of Irish ancestry in the slums of Edinburgh on Aug. 25, 1930. Poverty robbed him of an education, and by his teens he’d left school and was working as an unskilled laborer.At 17, he was drafted into the Royal Navy, but he was discharged three years later due to a serious case of ulcers.

He returned to Edinburgh and worked a variety of jobs, including as a lifeguard. He took up bodybuilding and placed third in the 1950 Mr. Universe competition.After moving to London, he learned of an opening in the chorus of “South Pacific.” He took a crash dancing and singing course and, surprisingly, landed the role, in which he stayed for 18 months. He was “hooked,” he said, but spent several years paying his dues in small repertory companies in and around London before anyone else became hooked on him.

Connery was devoted to his native Scotland and used his stature to press for the re-establishment of a Scottish parliament. When the body reconvened in 1999, 296 years after its last meeting, Connery was invited to address the first session, where he was greeted with a thunderous ovation. The next year, when he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II — an honor he called “one of the proudest days of my life” — he asked that the investiture be performed in Edinburgh.

Connery published his autobiography, “Being a Scot,” co-written with Murray Grigor, in 2008. Besides his knighthood and his Academy Award, he received many kudos over his long career, including the Kennedy Center Honors in 1999 and the American Film Institute’s lifetime achievement award in 2006.

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ntsana_ Ok Ann thank you jack Rest In Peace,Sir Thomas Sean Connery. jack My most sincere condolences to his family and friends. jack He will always will be remebered like the best 'James Bond' of all the history (with all due respect). jack I think that his best film like 'James Bond',was:'Goldfinger'.

jack 'Time Bandits', 'Five Days One Summer', 'The Name of the Rose', 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade', 'The Presidio', 'Just Cause', 'The Hunt for Red October', 'First Knight', 'The Rock' and 'Entrapment'. jack I think that his best works like actor,were:to play:'james Bond', to play:'Ramírez' in the saga of:'Highlander', 'Marnie', 'The Untouchables', 'The Hill', 'The Red Tent', 'The Man Who Would Be King', 'Orient Express'(1974), 'Robin and Marian', 'A Bridge Too Far', 'Outland',

jack Poor man,was a great actor (of the best of his generation) although was some peculiar (with all due respect). RIPSeanConnery JamesBond Wow Si sad!!! Heughligans A great man. 😢🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 pricejoe322gmail.com tsnjamesduthie So sad, my favourite JAMES BOND, also enjoyed his other movies, ,amazing long life he lived,R.I.P. 007,

Icon. Legend. You are a massive reason I wanted to be an actor. Rest well Sir Sean and I’ll shee you on the golf course one day LanceForman Awesome guy. He was as tough in real life, as on the screen! He beat up some muggers in New York whilst filming there! Number 1 Bond! kellidjones Sad news: Oscar Winner and James Bond Star Sean Connery has passed away at 90 🙏🙏🙏🙏 RIPSirSeanConnery

An Era has ended...RIP One of the best iconic actors. Loved him in Highlander, James Bond, First Knight & Hunt for Red October..his presence will be greatly missed..... Vale Sean_Connery. Always was, always will be, the best James Bond ever. It just makes me so very sad PhantomPower14 😢💙🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

Well he 'killed' many women during his life though 😢❤️ Greatest Bond ever RIP what an actor. RIP, Sir! What an amazing icon he will be greatly missed always loved him RIP Sir Sean Connery 💚💚💚 Sean Connery was a Brilliant actor! This is very sad news. Rest In Peace Sir Sean. Nooooo! That man could have read the phone book to me with that beautiful voice. My favorite Bond. RIP.😪

''Nobody's done it better! '' He's given us so many wonderful movies over the years!!! TYSM, Sir Sean Connery! My favorites besides you as 007 were Hunt for Red October, Highlander, and Indiana Jones. Your voice so melodious with its Scottish dulcet tones will be sorely missed. Hooooooooooooo noooon ! 😔😢

R.I.P. I love Sean Connery and he will always be my favorite Bond. Loved him and will miss him but definitely always had a hard time reconciling admiration for his performances with his attitude toward women. RIP 😢 moroccandna I hope his last words were 'Shaken, not stirred.'! So sorry. Loved him What?! NOOOO!!!

I can't believe it, I am so sad GOOD BYE SEAN!! 😢😢 DEP No I hate 2020!!!!! Can I please wake up and this all be a dream 😞😢🥺😭 The world is a sadder place once again now that another legend has left it. He will be missed. 😥💔 RIP legend blackwell_phil The best Bond of all time. Also one of the sexiest men I have ever laid my eyes on. Thank you Mr. Connery. RIP

Sean Connery was a brilliant actor. His legacy and memory will survive and live in his movies. Wife beater. 🤷🏽‍♀️ RIPSeanConnery I know he’s 90 but such terrible news!! Always enjoyed your acting Dr Jones and Mr Bond 🙏 R.I.P. 🥃 Rip Yeah.... but he didn’t mind slapping women. So, 😑 meh Sir Sean Connery has our deepest respect! Such an Icon with the best voice! Sam Heughan would be a great nod to be the next Scottish Bond. I guarantee Sam would make Sir Sean proud. 👍♥️🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

RIP Sean Connery 🙏❤️. You were James Bond! Rest in peace to a legend. RIP James Bond. Wtf man 2020 needs to gtfoh Loved him as Rodrigues in Highlander! milkshks F Give me a ping, God. One ping only. Rest In Peace Sir Connery. One of the best. 💔 There will only ever be one Sean Connery. RIH Sir Sean 💔🙏🏾 He’s one of the people you wanted to live forever😰😰😰😰. RIP 007🙏🏻 RIPSeanConnery

A Man for all seasons! Rest in peace, brave warrior! 🏇 😭 He's done his duty. Time to go home, and schleep well, sir. 😢 JustinSCARRED A legend Heartbroken..prayers..Rip🙏🏼❤️ I loved Sean Rip He had a voice that was unmistakable. He was inspirational to say the least.He will be missed dearly by family, friends,and fans.

An incredible body of work! One ping only vasily 😰💙 -dad, how did you know she was a nazi? -she talks while she sleeps. 💜 RIP Legend 💐💐💐 Rest In Peace Mr Connery😢💓 Oh my gosh!!! What a legend!! Heughligans Even Halloween is ruined this year. 😭SeanConneryRIP Rest In Peace! One of my favourite actors loved all his films a true icon

LisaHafey O no! My favourite Bond and fellow cat lover!! RIP 007 xx 😢 ❤️✨💙🙏 I’m shaken not stirred by the news. RIP! I wasnt born in his era but I watch a few of his later movies and retrack his older ones. Truly charismatic and beautiful actor with a timeless legacy ✨ My hero, best actor ever for me.

Heughligans RIP Sir Connery. One of my favorite all-time actors, and the perfect James Bond. Can we talk about how awesome he was in the movie, Goldfinger? I’ll be carying my Walter PPK today in his honor. Our nr1 Bond forever ❤ Oh wow! What a legend! An amazing actor!! RIP!! 😥 Oh no. Rip sean Let over the cold swell of water, where the trail disappears, A Scottish warm blanket will save him from the cold. May this day and this hour in the darkness of night roads He will be warmed, like us, by Scottish warm grog.

😭😭😭😭😭😭 RIP sir! You are the best Scotland grieves, we grieve with her and we are for her great son and our universal idol-Artist with a capital letter ... Blessed memory ... Descanse em paz Rip 😔 RIP I was named after him. My mom loved James Bond. 007 forever. RIP The One and Only James Bond in my eyes🙏🏻🙏🏻

RIP Sir Sean Connery What a sad news! I can't believe! The first the best Bond and a great actor. Great Sean, thank you for making us dream. Rest In Peace ❤️ sebastian_gray Lamentable!! El único ! 😔 RIP Sean Connery. One of my heroes when I was a teen. The best 007 in my opinion. A Scot that made one proud to have Scots blood. RIP, rest in our memories, live in our memories.

RIP 🙏 Rip🙏🏻🙏🏻 The ultimate James Bond ! SunnyDays024 RIP Sean Connery He's gone and we're never going to get him back. But, surely, his movies will live on. There will always be fans of James Bond. As long as there are curiosities for the number '007', he will be remembered. 😔💔 Sad sad saaaad BREAKING...Chris Rock to play him in a new biopic

RIP Sir Sean 💔 RIP SirSean... you have left an indelibleprint on all our hearts💙🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Rip dear king Richard! Omg :/ my mom’s fave, rip Rest In Peace NpLegacy I have fond memories of watching James Bond with my late grandfather. Thank you for that. RIP Sean Connery. 🥺💔 UnburntWitch DojaCat LilNasX PTXofficial AdrienneVogt

Oh God no See ya Tam. What a life. RIP. tsnjamesduthie Good thing he retired before cancel culture or all the nutters would be cheering about his death Tiny chapter 5 out now Read and let your mind sail to the deepest of deepest Please don't forget to like, comment and share I'm...shaken. (Not stirred) Slap all those women in Heaven, Sean!

Super70sSports For me he was the one and only 007 the other's are good but Sean was the Legend. RIPSeanConnery He left us quite a legacy! 😧😢😥😪😭 Love Disney old school Darby o gill and the little people my pretty Irish girl Sean Connery at his best Miami_Eatz Wow RIP 🙏🏼 Oh wow rip SeanConnery was a legend, that voice and smile are iconic. So sad, SeanConneryRIP

RIP Part of my childhood gone forever 😥 FilmGob 😢 Mehmetcan198 Sean Connery - DR. NO - Bond, James Bond I spent 30 nights this May quarantined watching all 24 Bond movies by myself in the dark with my dessert each night. The first week was all Sean Connery! Great fun! Peace to his family. Damn....what a sad 😞 year....Damn 2020 All the legends....

JThebold Let’s not forget his epic bong making skills Will always be reminded as the best James Bond. RIP Aaw, bummer. RIP, Sean. So sad 😞 RIP Sean Connery was a beautiful actor. I loved his lived-in performances in Robin and Marian, The Man Who Would Be King and Finding Forrester. 😔 RIP Sean Connery Wow, I had no idea he was an Oscar winner. RIP

Great English actor FilmGob R.I.P RIP. A legendary career. I sure enjoyed his work. God bless Of characters portrayed by many different actors, Connery was not only the best Bond, but also the best Robin Hood. His pairing with Audrey Hepburn in Robin and Marian was sheer genius. If you want to pay tribute on a free social app exclusively for memorializing then check out Miss-U-Gram EveryoneWantsToBeRemembered PayItForward

“He who finds the Grail must face the final challenge.” Rest In Peace ❤️ Definitely RIP to The Highlander ❣️❣️❣️ 😞 In my opinion he was the best bond ever. So now we need a new Scot to take over!!!! THE ROCK, ENTRAPMENT, INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE, JAMES BOND. WE MISS YOU ALREADY SEAN CONNERY‼️ 🇺🇸 BLACKS FOR TRUMP 2020🇺🇸

a true loss of another great one - RIP The best James Bond of all time. RIP My sympathies to his friends and family. ❤️ OG Bond. Rest In Peace What a shit article about the passing of a legend. Did anyone else notice how much the author shit on the performance of his films in the article or was it just me? Learn some respect and utilize better connotation.

Rest in Peace Sir Sean Connery... stunna Just 2 days ago I recommended the untouchables as one of the best movies ever to my friends and now this happens... RIP RajeshPatel008 Well fuck. Who do we still have left? RIP 🙏 My condolences 🙏🏽 to family and friends. 😢 “They bring a knife? You bring a gun. They put one of yours in the hospital? You put one of theirs in the morgue!” What an actor. Maybe the last man in Hollywood who gave a crap about political correctness. RIP Scotsman. RIPSeanConnery

Rest In Peace mate. Thank you for entertaining us. 🙏 He was not a good person. GoodRiddanceToBadRubbish DustinGenereux Here endeth the lesson! RIP Sean Connery. 2020 just keeps rolling out the heartache. RIP Mr Bond OMG! Rest in peace Mr. Connery!🙏😢 yep he definitely srewed your girlfriend. HA ! good job young man.

😢😢😢😢 As we grow old, so do our heroes until the inevitable, RIP Sir Sean Connery. kelle177 😔💔 😔 challengerST RIP great Sean Connery We missed you😳😳😱😰☹ Love SeanConnery in his jumper. Goldfinger JamesBond Shame he never got to see Scotland free in his lifetime. Something that matter to him but the English wouldn't give up. Parasites.

The best Bond. What a legend. Brilliant as Bond. RIP, Sir Sean Connery. Sexiest Scotsman, ever. 007 I loved his performance in Marnie with Tippi Hedren. One of the greatest to ever do it. So sad...R.I.P SIR. Trump got another one! This can’t go on. Rest in peace, such a great actor and loved him as Henry Jones 🖤

blemz63 😢😢 Uma nova jornada o espera,brilhe entre as estrelas ✨✨✨ eteno James Bond 🙌🏻🌟🌹 rip sir sean 💔 The ultimate Bond 'Gotta go Trebek, your dead mother sent me a booty call from heaven. BWAHAHAHAHA!' 😞💔 🙏💔 varnis68 My 1st crush. I'm heartbroken...😭😭😭😭💔💔💔 😢 lilithia Rip ! RIP you were the best!

RIP Sean Connery, Thank you for so many iconic performances & memorable rolls. One of the greatest actors of our time. NO ONE could deliver lines like Sean. ..shaken,not stirred ...one ping please ...thats the Chicago way,, thats how you get Capone 007, you will be missed We all will miss him, the whole world will.

So sad...he was my favorite Bond. RIP Sir! JCarterWoodrow So many amazing performances, other than the cheesy Bond typecast I heard he died leaping onto a helicopter from a building that exploded just a second earlier than he expected. These things happen. Hmmm... Fuck 2020 Wow guys when I saw that Sean Connery was trending I was worried he endorsed Trump for a sec.

tsnjamesduthie Great actor! RIP he was by far the best James Bond RIP big man RIP, one of my favourite bond actors Jello651 hello this is Sean Connery you may know me in movies such as “the rock” What a legend 💔 MHSRIP Bond, James Bond... My favorite Bond 🥺 RIP I… Just can’t. Rest well, sir. Rest in peace Mr Connery. Had to share this...

nbtdakid24167 To the stars Bowen rip :( Fuck noooo Ugh RoccoLaCivita 😞 Noooooo Best James Bond, ever. RIP! Simply the best Bond. RIP Sean Connery This year we’ve seen a lot of deaths, but these (for me) hit the hardest. RIP: Kobe Bryant Chadwick Boseman Maya Rivera Caroline Flack Pop Smoke Sean Connery fuck2020

🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 Jayemofficial RIP SIRSEANCONNERY JAMESBOND One of the world's greatest actors has sipped his last martini... Godspeed, Mr. Connery, and thank you... Nooooooooo. 😭😢🥺 Rip Sean Connery. Will forever be one of the best bonds and Scotsmen. Can't believe that it's awful This is very sad news.

RiP Mr Bond bye legend❤ The best James Bond! WTFFF! :( RIP Sean RIP Rest In Peace, Sir 🙏 A fine actor and the only Bond for me, RIP truthfulnerd His dying wish was A Trump victory in 2020! Let’s not let him down! DyingWishesMatter “I suddenly remembered my Charlemagne. 'Let my armies be the rocks and the trees and the birds in the sky'.” Rest In Peace to a legend. Couldn’t have been named after a cooler man

Oh! Damn What a class act.....RIP

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Sean Connery, Scottish actor who served tour of duty as James Bond, dies at 90Scottish actor played 007 in first six installments of Bond franchise, finally won an Oscar for 'The Untouchables.' A great Oscar winning actor the inimitable Sir Sean Connery! R.I.P. Sir Sean Connery ! gatewaypundit Rip mr Sean Connery and thank you for all the great memories sir 🙏🙏🙏 KatyTurNBC Fuck 2020