On October 31, 2020, famed Scottish actor Sir Sean Connery passed away at his estate in the Bahamas. According to his wife, Connery suffered from dementia in recent years yet passed away peacefully in his sleep. The actor, who had retired from film in 2006, leaves behind a legendary filmography that spans decades and seminal key film franchises.
Connery most notably originated the role of James Bond in the 1962 film Dr. No and continued to play the character in five future installments with the most recent installment, No Time To Die, set to release next year. On his death, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, the current producers of the James Bond franchise, stated “[Sean Connery] revolutionized 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.”
Sean Connery has earned numerous distinctions during his long career in film, television, and theater. While he first worked on smaller films and television series until his big break as Bond, the Scottsman’s star would continue to rise as his presence in pop culture grew. Connery would eventually go on to earn an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and a Golden Globe for his role in the 1987 film The Untouchables. He also went on to receive numerous BAFTA nominations for roles including The Hunt for Red October, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and a BAFTA win for The Name of the Rose.
While Connery has mostly stayed out of the public eye following the release of the 2003 film The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, the actor has become a fixture in the world of cinema and is, to some, the definitive James Bond. He is succeeded by his son, Jason Connery.