Share October 31, 2020 8:55 am Updated at 5:23 pm Share Sean Connery [1930-2020]: Eternal James Bond [PHOTOS] Pauline Froissart Agence France-Presse Stuart Graham Associated Press EDINBURGH – Scottish actor Sean Connery, first and “best” performer of Agent 007 in the James Bond film saga, has died at the age of 90, the BBC reported on Saturday, citing his family.
“Sir Sean” died in the night, in his sleep, surrounded by his family, in Nassau, Bahamas. He had “not been well for quite some time,” his son Jason Connery told the BBC.
The actor had a home in the Bahamas, where he shot one of the James Bond episodes, Operation Thunder , in 1965.
His funeral will be private, his family said, who are planning a memorial service “once the virus is over.”
Sean Connery has had a long career crowned with numerous awards including an Oscar, two Bafta and three Golden Globes.
“He defined an era and a style,” said Briton Daniel Craig, interpreter of the character invented by writer Ian Fleming, whose next installment, Dying Can Wait , is due out in April 2021, in a statement.
“Wherever he is I hope there is a golf club,” added the 52-year-old actor, in a nod to one of the Scot's passions.
According to relatives of Roger Moore, who had also slipped into the costume of the famous secret agent, “Roger has always maintained that Sean was the best James Bond of all time”, they wrote on the Twitter account of the actor who died in 2017.
How infinitely sad to hear the news Sir Sean Connery has passed away. He and Roger were friends for many decades and Roger always maintained Sean was the best ever James Bond. RIP
– Sir Roger Moore (Legacy) (@sirrogermoore) October 31, 2020
George Lazenby, who played 007 in In Her Majesty's Service , said for his part that his predecessor had “inspired” him but had also “captured an era, the sixties”.
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