London, England: Sir Sean Connery, best known as the first actor to play iconic fictional intelligence agent James Bond, has died on Saturday, October 31st, 2020.
Connery’s publicist telling the media that he died peacefully in his sleep surrounded by wife Micheline and his two sons, Jason and Stephane.
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Thomas Sean Connery, named Thomas after his grandfather, was born in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, Scotland, on 25 August 1930.
Connery’s first job was as a milkman in Edinburgh with St. Cuthbert’s Co-operative Society.
In 1946, at the age of 16 years old, Connery joined the Royal Navy.
Seeking to supplement his income, Connery helped out backstage at the King’s Theatre in late 1951, and became interested in the proceedings, and a career was launched.
Later, Connery’s breakthrough came in the role of British secret agent James Bond.
Handpicked by creator Ian Fleming, Connery embodied “Bond, James Bond” for millions as the suave drinker, womanizer and disposer of evil.
Connery starred in seven films as Agent 007: “Dr. No” (1962) “From Russia with Love” (1963), “Goldfinger” (1964), “Thunderball” (1965), and “You Only Live Twice” (1967) — then appeared again in “Diamonds Are Forever” (1971) and “Never Say Never Again” (1983).
Thirty years into his film career, Connery won his first Oscar in 1988 for his portrayal of the steely Irish cop in “The Untouchables,” and told the audience during a standing ovation “Patience is truly a virtue.”
Connery also starred in, “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” “Highlander,” “The Rock” and “The Hunt for Red October.”
At the turn of the new millennium, Connery was named “Sexiest Man of the Century by New Woman magazine and the Web site Women.com.
In 2000, Connery was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for services to film drama.
In a statement, James Bond franchise producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson said, “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 … 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.”
ZachNews and the community sends our thoughts, prayers and condolences to the family and friends of Sir Sean Connery.