Sean Connery, the Oscar-winning Scottish actor and the first person to portray James Bond on the big screen, has passed away at the age of 90. Many of his fellow Hollywood stars sent condolences to his family and mourned the loss of one of the pioneers of the spy cinema.
Connery rose to prominence after being cast as the original James Bond in Dr. No and went on to appear in From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, Diamonds Are Forever, and Never Say Never Again. In the eyes of many, he remained the ultimate James Bond, even as several other actors took over the iconic role.
Connery’s filmography also included the movies Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Hunt for Red October, Finding Forrester, and The Untouchables, for which he won an Oscar for the best actor in the supporting role. He was also the recipient of three Golden Globes and two BAFTAs.
Connery died at the age of 90, while peacefully asleep in the Bahamas. Many Hollywood stars mourned his passing and celebrated his legacy after learning the news, including the current James Bond, Daniel Craig, who described him as “one of the true greats of cinema.”