Saturday, October 31, 2020

Sean Connery – James Bond Actor And Hollywood Icon – Dies, Aged 90

 One of my favorite actors, Sir Sean Connery, had died. He was 90,

To old school James Bond fans like me, he was the first and best film actor to portray Ian Fleming’s iconic character, Bond. James Bond.

His Bond films from the 1960s, Dr No, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, and You Only Live Twice, are considered classics. He was also great in later films, such as The Man Who Would Be King, Robin and Marion, The Hunt for Red October, The Rock, The Untouchables, The Hill, A Bridge Too Far and many others.

He shall be missed, but millions of film viewers will continue to watch this great Scot actor on the screen.        

The British publication RadioTimes offers a piece on him.

Sir Sean Connery has died, aged 90.

His family confirmed to the BBC that the Scottish actor had passed away.

Connery was perhaps best known for being the first actor to portray secret agent James Bond on the big screen, beginning with 1962’s Dr. No. He appeared in five more films in the official series, as well as 1983’s unofficial entry Never Say Never Again.

Earlier this year, readers voted Connery the best ever actor to play Bond, with the star emerging triumphant in a survey of over 14,000 007 fans. He last played the character in 2005, providing voice work for the video game James Bond 007: From Russia with Love.

In a statement, Bond producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said: “We are devastated by the news of the passing of Sir Sean Connery. He was and shall always be remembered as the original James Bond whose indelible entrance into cinema history began when he announced those unforgettable words — ‘The name’s Bond… James Bond’ — he revolutionized the world with his gritty and witty portrayal of the sexy and charismatic secret agent. He is undoubtedly largely responsible for the success of the film series and we shall be forever grateful to him.”

Born Thomas Sean Connery in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1930, his breakthrough screen role as James Bond in 1962 following a variety of early theatre, television and film appearances, including in 1958 melodrama Another Time, Another Place opposite Lana Turner and the 1959 Disney movie Darby O’Gill and the Little People.

Across an acting career spanning decades, he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in 1987’s The Untouchables, won a BAFTA Award for his performance in 1986’s The Name of the Rose and in 1998 received the BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award.

You can read the rest of the piece below:

You can also read my Crime Beat column on a pre-Bond Sir Sean Connery via the below link:

Note: Below are photos of Sir Sean Connery: 


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