This is the updated version of a previous story.
The first actor to play the ever-iconic role of James Bond, Sir Sean Connery has died peacefully in home. He was 90.
His son confirmed the demise to the BBC, saying his father was unwell for quite some time. The actor died in his home in the Bahamas’ Nassau.
“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,’ his son was quoted as saying by the BBC.
The Scottish actor, best known for his iconic portrayal of James Bond is credited with bringing the hit franchise to the silver screen where he went on to star on seven consequent issues of the spy thriller.
Sir Sean Connery won the Oscars in 1988 for his role in the film The Untouchables. In the actor’s career spanning over five decades, he has starred many iconic roles including Indiana Jones, Highlander, The Hunt for Red October, and The Rock.
Condolences poured in
Original 007 producers, Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli were ‘devastated’ from the news.
“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’, they said in a joint statement.
“The name’s Bond… James Bond” — 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.”
“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 Rodger Moore’s lagecy account on Twitter said.
“I grew up idolizing #SeanConnery. A legend on screen, and off. Rest In Peace,” wrote Hollywood star Huge Jackman.
“(…) a trailblazer, a true legend and a gentleman,” actor Robert Carlyle tweeted.
‘Humble beginnings’ of the extraordinary talent called Sir Connery
The first James Bond star was born to Irish parents who migrated from Ireland to Britain’s Fountainbridge area of Edinburgh. His father was a Catholic factory worker and mother, a Protestant domestic cleaner.
Young Connery left school at the age of 13 and did odd jobs like delivering milk, laying bricks, and polishing coffee, before he joined the Royal Navy.
The life of the legendary cold-blooded and sauve portrayal of Bond in the 007 franchise began without any public attention, as a regular child having left studies.
But his career in the Royal Navy came to a grinding halt after his service was terminated because of his physical disability from a stomach ulcer.
By this time Connery has shed a lot of himself, his body now highlighting his soul, his passions — tattoes read “scottland foreever,” and “Mum & Dad.”
Interestingly, Connery acquired the hard man stance much before he starred the role of James Bond. Once, he single-handedly defeated a mob of six-men who tried to steal from his coat, acquiring the image of a ‘hard-man’ locally.
By this time, Connery was somehow making a living, sometimes driving a truck, posing as a model in colleges, and working as a lifeguard to make ends meet. In spare time, he’d build his body.
In whatever jobs he did, the young Connery gained attraction from level-players, for his tacit ability to master any role given, any jobs done, be it playing football, which he did passionately or posing as a model.
Speaking about football, his skills in the game of soccer was good enough to land him an offer from Matt Busby — manager of Manchester United for 1945 and 1969, who offered him a £25-a-week contract.
The star did not choose the game’s career thinking it of being rather short-lived and tested his luck in theaters. Starting from one of those male beauty pageants, he landed his first film offer in 1954 movie Lilacs in the Spring.
Connery’s first leading role as an actor came in 1957, for the film Blood Money, a BBC reworking of Requiem.
After a few other projects, finally, Bond kicked-in. Producers Cubby Broccoli and Harry Saltzman were looking for someone to play the role of 007, having acquired the rights to make a film on Ian Fleming’s novels.
Among the many silver screen heavyweights of that time like Cary Grant and Rex Harrison, Connery was chosen after Broccoli’s wife, Dana persuaded the produces to cast Connery because to her he had the ‘magnetism’ and ‘sexual chemistry’ for the part.
“I’m looking for Commander Bond and not an overgrown stuntman,” writer of the novel Ian Fleming said upon seeing Connery for the first time. But he was soon to be proven wrong.
The rest is history…