Sir Sean Connery, the multiple award-winning actor, best known for his portrayal of James Bond, has died at age 90, his family has said.
The Scot, who was best known for his portrayal of James Bond, died peacefully in his sleep, while in the Bahamas. His son, Jason, said that Connery had been "unwell for some time."
Connery was the first actor to bring the famous role to film, appearing in seven of the spy thrillers. His acting career spanned five decades, during which he starred in films such as The Man Who Would Be King and The Name of the Rose. He won an Oscar in 1988 for his role in The Untouchables.
Jason Connery, from Fountainbridge in Edinburgh, said his father "had many of his family who could be in the Bahamas around him" when he died overnight in Nassau.
He said, "We are all working at understanding this huge event as it only happened so recently, even though my dad has been unwell for some time. A sad day for all who knew and loved my dad and a sad loss for all people around the world who enjoyed the wonderful gift he had as an actor."
Connery first played James Bond in Dr. No in 1962 and went on to appear in five other official films, and the unofficial Never Say Never Again in 1983. He was knighted by the Queen at Holyrood Palace in 2000. In August 2020, he celebrated his 90th birthday.
"I was heartbroken to learn this morning of the passing of Sir Sean Connery. Our nation today mourns one of her best loved sons," said Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. "Sean was born into a working class Edinburgh family and through talent and sheer hard work, became an international film icon and one of the world's most accomplished actors. Sean will be remembered best as James Bond—the classic 007—but his roles were many and varied."
Sturgeon continued, "He was a global legend but, first and foremost, a patriotic and proud Scot—his towering presence at the opening of the Scottish Parliament in 1999 showed his love for the country of his birth. Sean was a lifelong advocate of an independent Scotland and those of us who share that belief owe him a great debt of gratitude."
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