Sean Connery, the first James Bond, dies at 90. Sir Sean Connery, the first actor to play Ian Fleming’s James Bond in film, has died at the age of 90, his family informed. Sir Sean Connery died in his rest.
He was in the Bahamas. The Scottish actor defined 007, starting from his first appearance in a Bond film, Dr No, in 1962, and going on to work in six more movies over the course of his career.
Sir Sean Connery’s work on the big screen spanned several decades. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2000.
The champ of one Oscar, three Golden Globes and two Baftas, Sir Sean Connery has worked in films like the Last Crusade, Indiana Jones, The Hunt for Red October, etc.
Over decades, Sir Sean Connery has been voted as the best actor to play Ian Fleming’s smooth sleuth, James Bond, in numerous audience polls. From Dr No in 1962, to Never Say Never Again in 1983, Connery played Bond for two decades.
Sir Sean Connery turned 90 years old in August this year. Largely considered the actor who defined James Bond for generations of watchers and fans, Sir Sean Connery played Bond on screen seven times: Dr No (1962), From Russia With Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), and Never Say Never Again (1983). Connery’s only Oscar was one for the Supporting Actor, for his performance as an Irish policeman in The Untouchables.
Sean Connery was born on August 25, 1930 in Edinburgh, Scotland, to Joseph Connery, a factory worker and lorry driver, and Euphemia McBain McLean, a cleaning woman. Connery took up the job of a milkman, his first, as a teenager. In 2009, Connery recalled a by-now famous conversation he had with a taxi driver during the Edinburgh Film Festival: “…the driver was amazed that I could put a name to every street we passed. ‘Why?’ he asked. ‘As a boy I used to deliver milk round here,’ I said. ‘So what do you do now?’ That was rather harder to reply.”
At 16, Connery joined the Royal Navy, and was discharged three years later on health grounds. He returned to the cooperative society where he took up his milkman job, and did several other random temp jobs before starting backstage work at the King’s Theater in 1951. He landed a small part as a chorus boy a couple of years later. In 1957, Connery got his first film role, in No Road Back. The breakthrough role, of course, came five years later. As the first James Bond. A role that Connery will forever be remembered for. A character that will forever remain etched in the brains of his fans.
The producers of James Bond remembered the actor. The official Twitter handle of the film shared a post on teh late actor. It read as, “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.”
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