Sean Connery, the original James Bond, has died at the age of 90.
Connery will forever be connected to the urbane and witty spy, and was highly regarded as the best of the franchise. “Bond… James Bond,” rocketed him to stardom in the 1960s.
He went on to become a sought-after leading man in numerous dramatic roles in iconic films such as “The Wind and the Lion,” “The Man Who Would Be King” and “A Bridge Too Far.”
He won an Oscar for his supporting role in “The Untouchables” in 1987 and a BAFTA for “The Name of the Rose” in ’88. He continued his prolific film career until 2003 with “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen,” released 49 years after his first, uncredited movie role in 1954.
In all that time, Connery never lost his sex appeal. Instead, his allure grew stronger as he aged. In 1999 he was People magazine’s Sexiest Man of the Century. That year, he starred in “Entrapment” opposite the much-younger Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Connery, born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1930, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2000. He died in his sleep in the Bahamas Oct. 31, 2020.