Iconic actor Sir Sean Connery who was best known for being the first James Bond on the Big Screen has passed away. The actor who was 90 years old had retired to his home in the Bahamas after what can only be described as a legendary career.
Sir Sean died peacefully in his sleep according to his sons who added that their father had been ill for some time.
Sean Connery had an acting career that spanned 5 decades and included an academy award for his role in ‘The Untouchables’. Other notable movies include ‘The Hunt for Red October’, ‘Highlander’, ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’ and ‘The Rock’.
Of course for many fans. It will be the portrayal of James Bond across 7 films that Sir Sean Connery will be best remembered for. He took on the role when the film franchise was in its infancy and set the Benchmark that all his successors would follow. Connery’s portrayal of Bond was cold, calculating and deadly. In fact, for my money, Daniel Craig is the actor that has gotten closest to how Connery portrayed Bond.
Jason Connery said his father “had many of his family who could be in the Bahamas around him” when he died overnight in Nassau.
He said: “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.”
Growing Up With Connery’s Bond
To give somewhat of a personal perspective. I never actually got to meet, interview, and speak to Sean Connery, but as a fan. I like most others derived a massive amount of enjoyment from his Bond movies, but also saw many of the other films he did.
To me, Sean Connery was someone that I always associated with Christmas due to the fact that we’d all sit and watch ‘Goldfinger’ as a family over the Christmas break. But Connery also represented much of what I watched as a kid growing up in the 1970s and 80s. I grew up in an era where you’d get a lot of Westerns and War Films on the TV as well as Cold War spy thrillers. So before he got that Oscar for ‘The Untouchables‘, which was well deserved. I’d seen Connery in films such as ‘The Man Who Would Be King’, ‘The First Great Train Robbery‘, and ‘Meteor‘ to name just a few. As an Actor, Connery had a presence that commanded your attention, which is a pretty rare thing.
The movie I loved best from Connery’s later films would have to be ‘Just Cause’ in which he played law professor Paul Armstrong. Which was one of the few Drama’s Connery got to do in the latter part of his career.
For me personally, Sir Sean will always be the best onscreen bond. He made the role his and set the template for all that would succeed him.
Connery’s Seven Outings As 007
- Dr No (1962)
- From Russia with Love (1963)
- Goldfinger (1964)
- Thunderball (1965)
- You Only Live Twice (1967)
- Diamonds are Forever (1971)
- Never Say Never Again (1983)
Out of all those films. My personal favorite is ‘From Russia with Love‘, which is the movie I will probably pop into my DVD player tonight as I pay tribute to a true icon on cinema and the best James Bond.
As a fan of ‘Star Trek,’ I often think that Connery would have made for a brilliant villain within a Star Trek film or series.
We here at SciFiPulse are deeply saddened by the loss of Sir Sean Connery and wish his family and friends well in this difficult time.