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The Original James Bond, Sean Connery Has Died

The Original James Bond, Sean Connery Has Died

Legendary actor who was the first star to play James Bond on screen, has died.​

Legendary actor, Sir Sean Connery has died at the age of 90, says his family.

Sir Sean died peacefully in his sleep, while in the Bahamas, having been "unwell for some time", his son said to the BBC .

Thomas Sean Connery was born in the Fountainbridge area of Edinburgh on August 25, 1930, the son of a Catholic factory worker and a Protestant domestic cleaner.

Sir Connery was the first actor to portray James Bond in film, starring in seven of them, every film from Dr. No to You Only Live Twice, plus Diamonds Are Forever and Never Say Never Again, between 1962 and 1983.

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007 producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said in a statement : “We are devastated by the news of the passing of Sir Sean Connery. 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” — 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.”

Jason Connery said his father "had many of his family who could be in the Bahamas around him" when he died overnight.

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."

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Sir Sean Connery also won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Untouchables. You may also remember him from such films as Marnie (1964), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), The Man Who Would Be King (1975), A Bridge Too Far (1977), Highlander (1986), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), The Hunt for Red October (1990), Dragonheart (1996), The Rock (1996), and Finding Forrester (2000).

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Sir Connery was voted "The Greatest Living Scot" in 2004 by The Sunday Herald, "Scotland's Greatest Living National Treasure" by a EuroMillions survey and as both the “Sexiest Man Alive" in 1989 and the "Sexiest Man of the Century” in 1999 by PEOPLE magazine.

Sir Connery was married to actress Diane Cilento from 1962 to 1973, though they separated in 1971. They had a son, actor Jason Connery. He was later married to Moroccan-French painter Micheline Roquebrune (born 1929) from 1975 until his death. The marriage survived a well-documented affair Connery had in the late 1980s with the singer and songwriter Lynsey de Paul.

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