Iconic Scottish actor, Sean Connery, has died at the age of 90. While no detailed information has about his passing has been released, numerous sources have confirmed that the beloved James Bond actor has passed away.
Connery, who won an Academy Award, two BAFTA Awards and three Golden Globes throughout his illustrious career, shot to fame when he became the first actor to portray the character James Bond in a film which has since been propelled into one of cinema’s most successful franchises.
According to reports in the BBC, Connery passed away during the night in his sleep. It is understood that the legendary actor, who has been unwell for a prolonged period of time, was residing in the Bahamas when he died.
Connery, who starred in seven different James Bond films between 1962 and 1983, also went on to appear in numerous different critically acclaimed pictures, most notably in 1988 when he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Brian De Palma’s brilliant film The Untouchables.
Elsewhere, in a career that has spanned decades of brilliant acting, Connery also appeared in films such as Marnie in 1964, Murder on the Orient Express in 1974, The Man Who Would Be King a year later, The Name of the Rose in the mid-80s, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), The Hunt for Red October (1990), Dragonheart in 1996 and many, many more.
Not content with his haul of achievements, the actor also received a lifetime achievement award in the US with a Kennedy Centre Honour in 1999. As well as being knighted Sir Sean in 2000, Connery also received the Cecil B. DeMille Award and a Henrietta Award for his commitment to the arts.
Early on in his life, Connery worked as a milkman, a lorry driver, a lifeguard and even a coffin polisher at one point. He was also a keen footballer who was offered a contract by Matt Busby, the erstwhile manager of Manchester United but Connery turned it down. He recalled, “I realised that a top-class footballer could be over the hill by the age of 30, and I was already 23. I decided to become an actor and it turned out to be one of my more intelligent moves.” To add to his income, Connery helped out backstage at the King’s Theatre in late 1951.
Connery, often outspoken on his beliefs, saw the world of cinema as his calling, one he was destined to succeed within as long as he worked true to his self. “I’m an actor – it’s not brain surgery. If I do my job right, people won’t ask for their money back,” he once famously said.
“I can’t afford to slow down. As long as there’s enough enthusiasm, then one wants to continue,” he added, in a sentiment that rings true considering that the actor continued to take action film jobs beyond his 70th birthday.
Connery, despite becoming internationally recognisable for one iconic role, was never one to rest on his laurels. The actor always strived for perfection, always wanted to push his comfort zone to new levels. “I haven’t found anywhere in the world where I want to be all the time,” he once commented. “The best of my life is the moving. I look forward to going.” It is that desire that made Sean Connery a Hollywood icon.
Connery is survived by his second wife, Micheline Roquebrune; his son by Cilento, actor Jason Connery and a grandson from Jason’s marriage.