The Scottish movie legend Sean Connery, who shot as the gentle, sexy, and sophisticated British agent James Bond to international stardom dominated the silver screen for four decades, died at the age of 90.
James Bond filmmakers confirmed the news of Connery’s death. They posted on Twitter, “Sir Sean Connery died at the age of 90. He was the first actor to play James Bond on the big screen in Dr. No in 1962, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, and Diamonds Are Forever.
Connery was the first person to make the unforgettable “Bond, James Bond” and made six of his official films as the novelist Ian Fleming’s creation.
He starred as Bond in his favorite From Russia With Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), and Diamonds Are Forever (1971) starred in Dr. No’s Bond (1962).
He returned to England as a spy in Never Say Never Again (1983), an unofficial movie, and was even named the sexist person of the People Magazine in 1989, shy of his 60th birthday.
Sean Connery won the 1988 best supporting actor Oscar for his portrayal of street-wise policeman Jim Malone in The Untouchables.
Despite his love for Scotland, Sean Connery, a pro-SNP, has been a tax exile for decades in Marbella, Spain, and the Bahamas. He was furious in 2000 when new rules prevented non-domiciles from donating to British political parties.
“I was paying 98% tax. I was making all this money and making movies, and I didn’t have anything,” he said, asking why he left his homeland.
Sean Connery’s marriage to his second wife, Micheline Roquebrune, a French artist, came in 1975 not long after he divorced the Australian actress Diane Cilento, with whom he had a son in 1963, Jason, who is an actor.