Sir Sean Connery: Pierce Brosnan pays tribute to fellow Bond actor after his death | UK News

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James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan paid tribute to Sir Sean Connery, describing him as “one of the real greats of cinema”, after his death at the age of 90.

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.”

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Sean Connery in the 1971 Bond movie Diamonds Are Forever
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Connery and Shirley Eaton share phone laugh in James Bond movie Goldfinger

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. “

August 31, 1962: Scottish actor Sean Connery, the new face of superspy James Bond, relaxes in his basement apartment in London's NW8.  (Photo by Chris Ware / Keystone Features / Getty Images)
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A young Connery in 1962 – the year he first appeared as Bond
File photo dated 29/11/96 of Dame Diana Rigg and Sean Connery attending the 1996 Evening Standard Drama Awards at the Savoy Hotel in London.  Avengers actress Dame Diana Rigg has died aged 82, her agent has said.
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Dame Diana Rigg and Sean Connery in 1996

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. “

Sir Sean Connery, with his wife Micheline (right), poses for the photographers after being officially knighted by .. Sir Sean Connery, with his wife Micheline (right), poses for the photographers after being officially knighted by the British. [Queen Elizabeth] at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh on July 5th. [The Scottish screen legend, famous for his role as James Bond, was honoured two years after he was reportedly denied a knighthood because of his passionate Scottish nationalism. ]DOWNLOAD PHOTO Date: 07/05/2000 12:00 Dime
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Sir Sean Connery and his wife Micheline after being knighted in 2000
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: Sir Sean Connery attends the 2013 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 9, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Uri Schanker / WireImage)
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Connery, pictured in 2013, has had a 50-year career

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.

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