The Scottish actor Sir Sean Connery, international film icon best known for his portrayal of the original James Bond, has died at the age of 90 in his sleep, while in the Bahamas. He appeared in seven of the spy thrillers. Other films during his acting career which spanned five decades included The Hunt for Red October, The Man Who Would Be King, Highlander, A Bridge Too Far, Indiana Jones , Dragonheart, the Last Crusade and The Rock and more. He won an Oscar in 1988 for his role as a tough Irish police officer in The Untouchables. “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,” his son Jason Connery said. Bond producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said: “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.”
“I was heartbroken to learn this morning of the passing of Sir Sean Connery. Our nation today mourns one of her best loved sons,” Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon declared. Connery worked as a coffin polisher, milkman and lifeguard before love of body building helped launch a career in acting. He received a lifetime achievement award in the US with a Kennedy Center Honor in 1999. Connery retired from acting in 2006. He was voted by People magazine as both the “Sexiest Man Alive” in 1989 and the “Sexiest Man of the Century” in 1999.