Scottish movie legend Sean Connery, who shot international stardom as the suave as well as sophisticated British agent James Bond who went on to dominate the silver screen for decades, died aged 90.
The makers of James Bond films confirmed the news of Connery’s demise.
He was first actor to play James Bond and Dr. No in 1962, starting from Russia With Love, Goldfinger, You Only Live Twice and Diamonds, Thunderball were forever to be reminded.
James Bond film producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli also mourned the demise of Sean Connery.
A statement posted on the film’s Twitter handle read, “We are devastated by the news of the passing of Sir Sean Connery.
He was and always be remembered as original James Bond whose indelible entrance to cinema history began when he announced those unforgettable words “The name’s Bond James Bond” .
He revolutionized world with his gritty portrayal of sexy and charismatic secret agent.
Connery raised in poverty in slums of Edinburgh and worked as a coffin polisher, lifeguard as well as a milkman before his bodybuilding hobby helped him launch an acting career.
His skills would always be remembered first as British agent, the character created by novelist Ian Fleming, immortalized by Connery in films.
His debonair manner, wry humour in foiling flamboyant villains cavorting beautiful women belied darker, and he crafted a depth of character that set standard for those who followed him in role.
Sean Connery played small parts with theatre repertory companies previously, graduating to films and television.
It was his part in 1959 Disney leprechaun movie, Darby O’Gill and the Little People, that helped land the role of Bond.
Connery married actress Diane Cilento in 1962. Before divorcing 11 years later, they had a son, Jason, who became an actor. He married French artist Micheline Roquebrune, whom he met playing golf, in 1975.