The film and entertainment world has been paying tribute to Sean Connery following the news of his death.
The actor died overnight in his sleep while in the Bahamas, according to reports relayed from his family via BBC News, after being unwell “for some time”. He was 90 years old.
No cause of death has yet been given for the star, most famous for his portrayal of James Bond across seven of the classic films.
Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli were among the first to share their tributes, including a statement shared via the official James Bond Twitter account: “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.”
Other stars paying their respects included Sam Neill, who spoke of Connery’s “charisma and power,” adding that it was “utterly unique to Sean”, while Hugh Jackman celebrated “a legend on screen, and off.”
Star Trek actor George Takei said: “Sean Connery was a movie legend, even far into his golden years. Our strongest Bonds were formed by him, and he was Untouchable. He passed today at age 90, a suave hero to the end.”
Robert Carlyle paid tribute to Connery as a “trailblazer, a true legend and a gentleman.”
Read more tributes to the movie icon below.
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
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) October 31, 2020
Every day on set with #SeanConnery was an object lesson in how to act on screen. But all that charisma and power- that was utterly unique to Sean . RIP that great man , that great actor . https://t.co/W8MQrFYlJ0
— Sam Neill (@TwoPaddocks) October 31, 2020
Sean Connery was a movie legend, even far into his golden years. Our strongest Bonds were formed by him, and he was Untouchable. He passed today at age 90, a suave hero to the end.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) October 31, 2020
RIP Sir Sean Connery.. a trailblazer, a true legend and a gentleman https://t.co/hkLwouejZI
— Robert Carlyle (@robertcarlyle_) October 31, 2020
He was my Dad’s James Bond, so Dad supported Mr. Connery’s career his entire life, always taking me to see any movie his fave actor was in. I have sweet memories of watching Dad watch his movie idol. So Sean Connery’s passing also feels like I’m losing Dad again. RIP, Dr. Jones. pic.twitter.com/8ElVyac1kV
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) October 31, 2020
It says something for the extraordinary charisma of this Edinburgh lad to have created the most iconic character in film & then, rather than be typecast by it, become equally famous for just being Sean Connery. A real screen legend; oft imitated (by all!) but never equalled. 1/4 pic.twitter.com/TOdAI0Fxnv
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) October 31, 2020
Few were cooler, few more suave, few more effortless. He showed us all how it could be done and he thrilled and entertained us the entire time. RIP Sir Sean Connery. https://t.co/hyyw52ZMa2
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) October 31, 2020
— Cypress Hill ™ (@cypresshill) October 31, 2020