Tributes are pouring in to honor legendary actor Sean Connery, who passed away at the age of 90. Best known for his role as James Bond, Connery’s career spanned nearly fifty years, making his film debut in 1954’s Let’s Make Up. Connery’s last onscreen role was 2003’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
After a decade in the industry, Connery became a household name when he was cast as Agent 007 in the first Bond film, 1962’s Dr. No. He would go on to star in seven Bond films, as well as numerous other notable roles such as Murder on the orient Express, Robin and Marian, The Great Train Robbery, Highlander, The Hunt for Red October, Family Business, Medicine Man, Entrapment, and The Rock. Connery earned an Oscar for his role as Jim Malone in 1987’s The Untouchables, and became known as Indy’s father, Henry Jones Sr, in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Connery was asked to reprise his role in Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull, but chose not to come out of retirement, though he did state that if there was one role that might have tempted him to do so, it was Dr. Jones.
Daniel Craig, who has portrayed 007 in the last five Bond films, said in a stated “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.”
Connery’s The Hunt for Red October co-star Sam Neill Tweeted “Every day on set with Sean Connery was an object lesson in how to act on screen. But all that charisma and power – that was utterly unique to Sean.”
You can read more tributes below.
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 . https://t.co/W8MQrFYlJ0
— Sam Neill (@TwoPaddocks) October 31, 2020
Statement from Daniel Craig
“It is with such sadness that I heard of the passing of one of the true greats of cinema. pic.twitter.com/McUcKuykR4
— James Bond (@007) October 31, 2020
I grew up idolizing #SeanConnery. A legend on screen, and off. Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/OU9QEy5fTB
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) October 31, 2020
How infinitely sad to hear the news Sir Sean Connery has passed away. He and Roger were friends for many decades and Roger always maintained Sean was the best ever James Bond. RIP
— Sir Roger Moore (Legacy) (@sirrogermoore) October 31, 2020
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. https://t.co/hyyw52ZMa2
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) October 31, 2020
He was my Dad’s James Bond, so Dad supported Mr. Connery’s career his entire life, always taking me to see any movie his fave actor was in. I have sweet memories of watching Dad watch his movie idol. So Sean Connery’s passing also feels like I’m losing Dad again. RIP, Dr. Jones. pic.twitter.com/8ElVyac1kV
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) October 31, 2020
He was a one of a kind.. Rest in peace, Sean Connery. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/R7d66GKg0P
— Gina Carano 🕯 (@ginacarano) October 31, 2020
RIP Sean Connery… the only Bond. From Scotland with Love and a broken heart 🏴💔 https://t.co/jfMVXp0o8u
— Cary Elwes (@Cary_Elwes) October 31, 2020
Sean Connery in his first starring role, as a washed-up boxer. He was a fine actor and by most accounts a good guy. pic.twitter.com/q1kmxUrFGC
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) October 31, 2020
It says something for the extraordinary charisma of this Edinburgh lad to have created the most iconic character in film & then, rather than be typecast by it, become equally famous for just being Sean Connery. A real screen legend; oft imitated (by all!) but never equalled. 1/4 pic.twitter.com/TOdAI0Fxnv
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) October 31, 2020
1/ I was heartbroken to learn this morning of the passing of Sir Sean Connery. Our nation today mourns one of her best loved sons.
— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) October 31, 2020