RIP Sir Sean Connery: Daniel Craig, Hugh Jackman, Nicola Sturgeon other celebs and Scottish leaders pay tribute to the OG James Bond

Sean Connery, the first and by most accounts the best James Bond to have ever graced the silver screen passed away today at the age of 90. As per reports, Connery was in Bahamas and passed away in his sleep. Connery first appeared as Ian Flemings’ fictional British spy in Dr No (1962) and followed it up playing agent 007 in six more films including From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, Diamonds Are Forever and Never Say Never Again.

However, his illustrious Hollywood career was not limited to James Bond films and he starred in popular films like The Untouchables (1987), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), The Hunt for Red October (1990), The Rock (1996) and Entrapment (1999).Born into a working-class family with humble beginnings Connery dropped out of school at the age of 13 and did a series of odd jobs. In 1953, he moved to London and picked up minor roles in plays, films and television shows. His first leading role was as a boxer in the 1957 movie Blood Money.

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Connery was chosen to play James Bond over Richard Burton, Cary Grant and Rex Harrison. He also headlined Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller Marnie (1964) and Sidney Lumet’s World War II drama The Hill (1965). Connery’s acting career spanned decades and his many awards included an Oscar, two BAFTA awards and three Golden Globes. He received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor as a hardy Irish-American police officer in 1987’s The Untouchables. He won a BAFTA for his performance in 1986’s The Name of the Rose. Connery was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in Edinburgh in 2000, for his services to film and drama; something which he described as the ‘proudest day of (his) life.’ Upon receiving the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006 Connery took retirement from acting after an illustrious acting career.

Tributes are pouring in on social media from imminent celebs as well as British and Scottish leaders for Connery. Daniel Craig, Hugh Jackman, Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the Scottish National Party, Elizabeth Hurley, Sam Neill, Robert Carlyle, Gary Linekar, Liam Cunningham, MP Andy Fillmore, Semra Hunter, SNP Member of Scottish Parliament Joan McAlpine. Check out their tributes below:

In August, Connery had celebrated his 90th birthday. During his lifetime he was polled several times as being ‘The Greatest Living Scot’ and ‘Scotland’s Greatest Living National Treasure’. RIP Sir Sean Connery!

(Source: Twitter)