Sean Connery the first James Bond passes away at 90

Actor Sean Connery passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home in the Bahamas, having been “unwell for some time”, his son Jason Connery informed. He was 90. After a screen presence of more than 40 years, he will still be remembered as the first sexy Agent James Bond 007 agent for Ian Fleming’s franchise spy thrillers. He appeared in 7 of them – 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). He has also played mature roles in ‘The Wind and the Lion’, ‘The Hunt for Red October’, ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’ and ‘The Rock’ and ‘The Man Who Would Be King’. As a Scotsman, he was a long-time supporter of Scottish independence, who until 2014 believed he might return from his Bahamas home to live in Scotland if the country voted to break away from the rest of the UK. Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “I was heartbroken to learn this morning of the passing of Sir Sean Connery. Our nation today mourns one of her best loved sons.”

The Legend

Sir Thomas Sean Connery born on August 25, 1930 died October 31, 2020 was a Scottish actor and producer. He is the recipient of an Academy Award, two BAFTA Awards (one being a BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award), and three Golden Globes, including the Cecil B. DeMille Award and a Henrietta Award. In 2000, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for services to film drama at the Holyrood Palace.

Sean Connery was married actress Diane Cilento in 1962 but they divorced in 1973. The couple had a son actor Jason Connery. Connery is survived by his second wife, painter Micheline Roquebrune, whom he married in 1975.

Awards and Honors

  • 2011 Polled as ‘Scotland’s Greatest Living National Treasure’ by EuroMillions. 
  • 2006 Received the AFI Life Achievement Award.
  • 2004 Polled as ‘The Greatest Living Scot’ by The Sunday Herald.  
  • 1999 Voted the ‘Sexiest Man of the Century’ by People Magazine.
  • 1999 Received the lifetime achievement award by the Kennedy Center Honors, USA.
  • 1999 Won Best Actor for ‘Entrapment’ from the European Film Awards – Audience Award.
  • 1997 MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo for ‘The Rock’.
  • 1995 Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award.
  • 1991 Received the Freedom of Edinburgh.
  • 1989 Voted by People magazine as both the ‘Sexiest Man Alive’.
  • 1987 Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture ‘The Untouchables’.
  • 1987 Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor ‘The Untouchables’.
  • 1987 London Film Critics’ Circle Award Actor of the Year for ‘The Untouchables’.
  • 1987 National Board of Review Award Best Supporting Actor for ‘The Untouchables’.
  • 1987 Best Actor German Film award for ‘The Name of the Rose’.
  • 1977 Won David Di Donatello Special Award.
  • 1971 Won Golden Globe Henrietta Award for World Film Favorites.

The Young Sean Connery

Thomas Sean Connery referred as Tommy in his childhood, was born in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, Scotland. His mother, Euphemia “Effie” was a cleaning woman and his father Joseph a factory worker and lorry driver. By the time he turned 18 years he had grown 6 ft 2 in tall which earned him his nickname ‘Big Tam’.

He started his career working as a milkman in Edinburgh with St. Cuthbert’s Co-operative Society and then joined the Royal Navy. But following his discharge from the Merchant Navy due to stomach ulcers, he returned to work locally as a lorry driver, a lifeguard at Portobello swimming baths, a labourer, and a nude model for art students in Edinburgh.

Sir Sean even worked as a coffin polisher before going into acting.

At the age of 23, he was a promising footballer who played for Bunnyrigg Rose in Manchester. In fact, he was so good at the sport that United’s manger, Matt Busby was impressed by Connery’s play and he offered him a contract for 25 pounds a week.

Sean had a choice between becoming a professional footballer or an actor and he chose acting.

The Road to Fame

In 1957 Sean Connery bagged his first major movie role in the movie Road Back. It was shortly followed by several TV-movies such as Anna Christie (1957), Macbeth (1961) and Anna Karenina (1961) and guest appearances on TV-series.

It was in 1962 that Sean Connery was cast in the role of James Bond, Agent 007 of the British Secret Intelligence Service, in the screen adaptation of Ian Fleming’s spy thriller Dr. No.

After that there was no looking back.

His fortune is close to $120 million.

The Autobiography

Sean Connery published his autobiography, “Being a Scot,” co-written with Murray Grigor, in 2008.

The reel remains, the real hero leaves

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