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James Bond actor Sir Sean Connery dies aged 90

Sir Sean Connery has died at the age of 90, his family have said.

Sir Sean’s son Jason told the BBC his father died peacefully in his sleep overnight while in the Bahamas, having been “unwell for some time”.

Jason Connery said his father “had many of his family who could be in the Bahamas around him” when he died.

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Image: Sean Connery in the 1971 Diamonds Are Forever

Sean Connery and Jill Masterson (Original Caption) James Bond (Sean Connery) and Jill Masterson (Shirley Eaton) share a laugh on the phone in the James Bond flick, Goldfinger. 1964.
Image: Sean Connery and Shirley Eaton share a laugh on the phone in the James Bond flick Goldfinger

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, from Fountainbridge in Edinburgh, also starred in The Hunt for Red October, Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade and The Rock in a career that spanned 50 years.

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He won an Oscar for his role as a Chicago cop in 1987’s The Untouchables, two Bafta awards and three Golden Globes.

News of his death was met by a flood of tributes.

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Nicola Sturgeon tweeted: “I was heartbroken to learn this morning of the passing of Sir Sean Connery. Our nation today mourns one of her best loved sons.

“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.”

Actor Hugh Jackman said: “I grew up idolizing Sean Connery. A legend on screen, and off.”

Star Trek actor George Takei said: “Sean Connery was a movie legend, even far into his golden years. Our strongest Bonds were formed by him, and he was Untouchable. He passed today at age 90, a suave hero to the end.”

31st August 1962: Scottish actor Sean Connery, the new face of superspy James Bond, relaxes in his basement flat in London's NW8. (Photo by Chris Ware/Keystone Features/Getty Images)
Image: Connery in 1962 – the year he first appeared as Bond

File photo dated 29/11/96 of Dame Diana Rigg and Sean Connery attending the 1996 Evening Standard Drama Awards at the Savoy Hotel in London. The Avengers actress Dame Diana Rigg has died at the age of 82, her agent has said.
Image: Dame Diana Rigg and Sean Connery in 1996

Gary Lineker said: “Shaken and, on this occasion, stirred to hear that Sir Sean Connery has passed away. Had the pleasure of playing golf with him on a couple of occasions.

“A real character and for me, the best Bond. James Bond should be immortal. RIP.”

Bond producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli paid tribute to him in a statement: “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 is undoubtedly largely responsible for the success of the film series and we shall be forever grateful to him.”

Connery, who celebrated his 90th birthday in August, was knighted by the Queen at Holyrood Palace in the 2000 New Year Honours for services to film drama.

Sir Sean Connery, with wife Micheline (R), pose for photographers after he was formally knighted by .. Sir Sean Connery, with wife Micheline (R), pose for photographers after he was formally knighted by the Britain's [Queen Elizabeth] at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh July 5. [The Scottish screen legend, famous for his role as James Bond, was honoured two years after he was reportedly denied a knighthood because of his passionate Scottish nationalism. ] DOWNLOAD PICTURE Date: 05/07/2000 12:00 Dime
Image: Sir Sean Connery and wife Micheline after he was formally knighted

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: Sir Sean Connery attends the 2013 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 9, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Uri Schanker/WireImage)
Image: Connery, pictured in 2013, had a career spanning 50 years

He won legions of fans as Bond, often coming top of fan-voted polls thanks to his debonair manner and wry humour.

He made his on-screen debut in Dr No in 1962. This was followed by From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice and Diamonds Are Forever.

Pinewood Studios, home of the Bond film franchise, said in a statement: “We are extremely saddened to hear of the passing of the legendary Sir Sean Connery.

“Memories of this outstanding actor and his unforgettable embodiment of superspy James Bond will forever be cherished at Pinewood.”

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