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Sean Connery (1930-2020): ‘He set the bar high with his portrayal of James Bond’

Sean Connery won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Untouchables. He also won two BAFTA Awards and three Golden Globes in his career spanning four decades.

By: Entertainment Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 1, 2020 12:33:05 am
Sean Connery deathSean Connery was the first actor to play James Bond. (Photo: James Bond/Instagram, AP)

Actor Sean Connery, best known for his portrayal of James Bond, has passed away at the age of 90.

Connery was the first actor to play James Bond. He played Bond in seven films. Some of his other popular movies include The Untouchables, Marnie, Murder on the Orient Express, The Man Who Would Be King, The Name of the Rose, Highlander, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Hunt for Red October, Dragonheart, The Rock and Finding Forrester.

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Sean Connery won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Untouchables. He also won two BAFTA Awards and three Golden Globes in his career spanning four decades.

His last screen outing was the 2003’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. After the film, he announced his retirement from the world of cinema. However, in 2012, he voiced the titular character in the animated movie Sir Billi The Vet.

The death of Sean Connery has sent shock waves across the globe. Apart from fans, actors, directors and many others have been mourning the demise of the legendary actor.

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00:33 (IST)01 Nov 2020
'The Man Who Would Be King was THE KING'

Michael Caine wrote on Twitter, "Sean Connery. A Great Star, Brilliant Actor and a wonderful friend. The Man Who Would Be King was THE KING."

23:27 (IST)31 Oct 2020
'Your legacy will continue forever in our hearts'

Venkatesh tweeted, "Rest in peace dear Bond! Your legacy will continue for ever in our hearts! 😔❤️ #SeanConnery #JamesBond"

23:09 (IST)31 Oct 2020
'He defined suave'

"Iconic Actor and the Original James Bond Sir Sean Connery's departure leaves a huge void in our hearts. He defined 'Suave". Recalled those numerous thrilling cinematic moments he gave the whole world. This 'Diamond was surely Forever'! Rest in Peace Sir," Chiranjeevi said via Twitter.

23:04 (IST)31 Oct 2020
Farhan Akhtar on Sean Connery
 
 
 
 
 
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RIP Sir Sean Connery. #legend 🙏🏽

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22:06 (IST)31 Oct 2020
'His portrayal of James Bond remains one of cinema’s greatest contributions'

MGM Studios posted on Facebook, "All of us at MGM mourn the passing of the legendary Sir Sean Connery. His portrayal of James Bond remains one of cinema’s greatest contributions. We send our sincerest condolences to his family and to his many fans around the world. RIP."

21:57 (IST)31 Oct 2020
Sam Neill on Sean Connery

Sam Neill shared on Twitter, "Every day on set with #SeanConnery was an object lesson in how to act on screen. But all that charisma and power - that was utterly unique to Sean. RIP that great man, that great actor."

21:41 (IST)31 Oct 2020
The Academy on Sean Connery
21:27 (IST)31 Oct 2020
'The definition of an international spy'

Mammootty wrote on Twitter, "The name James Bond brings to mind only one actor. And that is Sean Connery. The actor who went beyond James bond to play many amazing characters. But to most of us the original, and the definition of an international Spy. RIP Mr Connery. You live in forever through your films."

21:18 (IST)31 Oct 2020
'He set the bar high with his portrayal of James Bond'

Mahesh Babu mentioned on Twitter, "He set the bar high with his portrayal of #JamesBond. A legend on and off-screen. RIP Sir #SeanConnery. Thank you for all your films."

21:08 (IST)31 Oct 2020
'RIP Bond, James Bond'

Jacqueline Fernandez tweeted, "‘Love may not make the world go round, but I must admit it makes the ride worthwhile’ RIP Bond, James Bond."

20:57 (IST)31 Oct 2020
'One of my favourite actors growing up'

Gautam Rode posted on Twitter, "The first James Bond and perhaps the most remembered one. One of my favourite actors growing up.. RIP #SeanConnery sir."

20:45 (IST)31 Oct 2020
'Good bye dear sir, you were the best'

Naved Jafri took to Twitter and wrote, "James Bond. Good bye dear sir, you were the best. Your memories will always be with us. Deepest condolences to the family #SeanConnery #JamesBond #SeanConneryRIP #Legend"

20:25 (IST)31 Oct 2020
'He defined an era and a style'

In a statement posted on James Bond films' Twitter handle, Daniel Craig said, “It is with such sadness that I heard of the passing of one of the true greats of cinema. Sir Sean Connery will be remembered as Bond and so much more. He defined an era and a style. The wit and charm he portrayed on screen could be measured in mega watts; he helped create the modern blockbuster. He will continue to influence actors and film-makers alike for years to come. My thoughts are with his family and loved ones. Wherever he is, I hope there is a golf course.”

20:10 (IST)31 Oct 2020
'The Bond you created lives forever'

'You said a final goodbye to the earthly Bond Sir, but the Bond you created with & for us on screen, lives forever. RIP Sir Sean Connery,' Shreyas Talpade said via Twitter.

20:04 (IST)31 Oct 2020
Hrithik Roshan on Sean Connery

Hrithik Roshan took to Twitter and wrote, "Sean Connery. Sir. Your legend will live on forever. Well done Sir. You won this life. thank you for inspiring us with the extent of your human potential. R.I.P"

19:59 (IST)31 Oct 2020
'He thrilled and entertained us the entire time'

Paul Feig shared on Twitter, "Few were cooler, few more suave, few more effortless. He showed us all how it could be done and he thrilled and entertained us the entire time. RIP Sir Sean Connery."

19:55 (IST)31 Oct 2020
'The man who defined cool'

Paying tribute to Sean Connery, Randeep Hooda tweeted, "The man who defined 'cool' before the word really meant anything besides temperature .. the only #JamesBond that was hard to live upto .. Sir #SeanConnery RIP Legend"

19:50 (IST)31 Oct 2020
'This year keeps getting worse'

Actor Kevin McKidd wrote on Twitter, "This year keeps getting worse .. words can't describe the talent and man that #SeanConnery was. I met him once and he was gracious and beautiful. A true icon and immense Scottish man. Rest In Peace"

19:44 (IST)31 Oct 2020
Venkat Prabhu mourns Sean Connery's death

Venkat Prabhu called Sean Connery "one of the legendary James Bond."

19:41 (IST)31 Oct 2020
'He is undoubtedly responsible for the success of the film series'

The makers of James Bond films took to Twitter to pay tribute to Sean Connery. A tweet read, "Sir Sean Connery has died at the age of 90. He was the first actor to play James Bond on the big screen in Dr. No in 1962, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice and Diamonds Are Forever followed."

James Bond film producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli also shared a statement on the Twitter handle. It read, “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 revolutionised 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.”

Author Stephen King wrote on Twitter, "Sean Connery in his first starring role, as a washed-up boxer. He was a fine actor and by most accounts a good guy."

Singer Adnan Sami called the passing away of Sean Connery as "heartbreaking." He tweeted Connery's photos and wrote, "Sir Sean Connery, one of my childhood favourite actors has passed away. He was an amazing actor & amongst his many iconic roles, he was indeed, the best James Bond EVER!! May his soul rest in peace."

Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan also paid his tribute to the James Bond actor. He tweeted, "We’ve lost another legend today. After watching Highlander I hoped he’d remain immortal. He will live on through his immense work. #RIP Sean Connery. There will never be a better Bond than you."