Sir Sean passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday in Nassau, Bahamas, where he had been “ill for some time,” his son Jason said.
News of his death was greeted with touching tributes from other actors, fans and politicians.
Brosnan – who starred in four 007 films – said he would “cast a long shadow of cinematic splendor that will live on forever.”
James Bond actor Daniel Craig said in his tribute: “The spirit and charm he portrayed on screen can be measured in megawatts; he helped create the modern blockbuster. ”
Dame Shirley Bassey, who sang the themes of three Bond films, said: “I am incredibly saddened to hear of Sean’s passing.
“My thoughts are with his family. He was a wonderful person, a true gentleman and we will be connected by Bond forever. ”
Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted on Saturday: “I was heartbroken to learn this morning of the passing of Sir Sean Connery. Our nation today mourns one of its most beloved sons.
“Sean was born into a working class family in Edinburgh and, through his talent and hard work, he has become an icon of international cinema and one of the most accomplished actors in the world. “
Bond producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli wrote in a statement: “We are devastated by the news of the passing of Sir Sean Connery.
“He was and will always be remembered as the original James Bond whose indelible entry into film history began when he announced those unforgettable words – ‘Bond’s name… James Bond’.
“He is undoubtedly largely responsible for the success of the film series and we will be forever grateful to him. ”
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Jason, Sir Sean’s son, said his father “had a lot of his family who could be in the Bahamas around him” when he died.
In a joint statement from him, Connery’s other son, Stéphane, and his wife Micheline, said he would be buried in a private ceremony, followed by a memorial once the pandemic is over.
He added: “We are all working to understand this huge event because it only happened so recently, even though my father has been ill for some time.
“A sad day for all who knew and loved my father and a sad loss for all the people around the world who appreciated the wonderful gift he had as an actor. “
In addition to Bond, Connery, from Fountainbridge in Edinburgh, has also appeared in The Hunt for Red October, Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade and The Rock in a career that lasted 50 years.
He made his screen debut in Dr No in 1962. He was followed by From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice and Diamonds Are Forever.
He has won legions of fans as Bond, often topping the fan polls thanks to his easy-going manner and wry humor.
Sir Sean won an Oscar for his role as a Chicago cop in 1987’s The Untouchables, as well as two Bafta Awards and three Golden Globes.
Connery, who celebrated his 90th birthday in August, was knighted by the Queen at Holyrood Palace in 2000 New Years Honors for his services to dramatic films.