Sir Sean Connery, the original actor to portray James Bond on the big screen, has died at age 90. His son said he “had been unwell for some time.” He died overnight in the Bahamas surrounded by many of his family.
“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,” Jason Connery told the BBC.
Sir Sean Connery is an Academy Award winning Scottish actor, widely known for his distinctive voice and accent — a voice that in itself celebrates individuality.
The charming actor had a modest upbringing in a neighborhood known as “the street of a thousand smells”. His father was a truck driver and his mother a cleaning lady. The family was very poor, but young Connery didn’t know exactly how poor they were since everyone around had just as much as they did. At only 13, he had to drop school and get a full time job in order to help ends meet.
Connery began his acting career by accident. After being released from service, he decided to participate in a Mr. Universe competition, where he won the third place. A casting director saw and liked the handsome Scottish and asked him to join the chorus of an upcoming production. And this is pretty much how Sean Connery went from being a poor boy to becoming the sly and seductive British secret agent – James Bond.
Connery is known for being the first actor to portray James Bond in film and he starred in seven Bond films between 1962 and 1983.
Sir Sean Connery Quotes
In 2000, he was officially knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, and soon after that he publicly retired from acting.
“Bond. James Bond.”
Some age, others mature.
You call it luck. I call it destiny.
I never trashed a hotel room or did drugs.
There is nothing like a challenge to bring out the best in man.
There’s always a new challenge to keep you motivated.
If you’re afraid of getting a rotten apple, don’t go to the barrel. Get it off the tree.
Love may not make the world go round, but I must admit that it makes the ride worthwhile.
More than anything else, I’d like to be an old man with a good face, like Hitchcock or Picasso.
If anything could have pulled me out of retirement, it would have been an Indiana Jones film.
May God grant us the wisdom to discover right, the will to choose it, and the strength to make it endure.
The knighthood I received was a fantastic honour but it’s not something I’ve ever used and I don’t think I ever will.
I’ve always been hopeful about Scotland’s prospects. And I now believe more than ever that Scotland is within touching distance of achieving independence and equality.
You know, the Oscar I was awarded for The Untouchables is a wonderful thing, but I can honestly say that I’d rather have won the U.S. Open Golf Tournament.
I care about Bond and what happens to him. You cannot be connected with a character for this long and not have an interest. All the Bond films had their good points.
I met my wife through playing golf. She is French and couldn’t speak English and I couldn’t speak French, so there was little chance of us getting involved in any boring conversations – that’s why we got married really quickly.