Sean Connery dies aged 90
Actor Sean Connery has died.
The actor, who was best known for his portrayal of James Bond, was 90 years old.
His death was confirmed this morning by his family, who told BBC News that the actor died overnight in his sleep, while at home in the Bahamas. It is understood he had been unwell for some time.
Sir Sean Connery has 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 followed. pic.twitter.com/VaFPHCM5Ou— James Bond (@007) October 31, 2020
Initially set for a career in the Royal Navy after leaving school at 13, Connery's acting break came in 1957 when he landed the role of a battered prizefighter in a BBC production of Requiem for a Heavyweight.
He followed this with a turn alongside in Lana Turner in Another Time, Another Place, which won him the attention of producers, who were looking to cast James Bond.
Producers Cubby Broccoli and Harry Saltzman had considered Richard Burton, Cary Grant and Rex Harrison, but in the end were persuaded by Connery, who made his debut in the role in 1962's Dr No.
He would go on to play 007 six more times, in 1963's From Russia with Love, 1964's Goldfinger, 1965's Thunderball and 1967's You Only Live Twice.
He departed the role after that, but was tempted back by a record $1.25 million pay cheque for 1971's Diamonds Are Forever. He would play Bond once more, in 1983's Never Say Never Again.
After leaving the role, his career diversified, with acclaimed roles in The Hunt for Red October, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and The Rock.
He won an Oscar in 1988, when he was named best supporting actor for his role as an Irish cop in mob thriller The Untouchables, while he picked up a BAFTA for his portrayal of William of Baskerville, in Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose.
In 2000, he became Sir Sean Connery when he was Knighted by the Queen. He filmed his final on-screen role in 2003, when he starred in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.