James Bond star Sean Connery dies at 90

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WASHINGTON: Actor Sean Connery, famed for his portrayal of James Bond passed away on Saturday. He was 90. The Scottish-born actor was an audience favourite for more than 40 years and one of the screen’s most reliable and distinctive leading men.

Once pigeonholed as Ian Fleming’s sexy Agent 007, he went on to distinguish himself with a long and mature career in such films as ‘The Wind and the Lion,’ ‘The Man Who Would Be King’ and ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.’ The Variety reported.

The actor’s remarkable role as a tough Irish cop in Depression-era Chicago in Brian De Palma’s 1987 ‘The Untouchables’ won him a supporting actor Oscar. Even as he entered his seventh decade, Connery’s star power remained so strong that he was constantly in demand and handsomely remunerated.

James Bond star Sean Connery

In 1999, he was selected People magazine’s ‘Sexiest Man of the Century’, and from his 007 days to 1999’s ‘Entrapment’ opposite the much-younger Catherine Zeta-Jones, his screen roles more than justified the choice. Age seemed only to intensify his sex appeal and virility, Variety said.

Thomas Sean Connery was born of Irish ancestry in the slums of Edinburgh. At 17, he got drafted into the Royal Navy, but was discharged three years later due to a serious case of ulcers. He returned to Edinburgh and worked a variety of jobs, including as a lifeguard. He took up bodybuilding and placed third in the 1950 Mr. Universe competition.

In 2008, Connery published his autobiography, ‘Being a Scot,’ co-written with Murray Grigor. Apart from his knighthood and his Academy Award, he was appreciated over his long career, including the Kennedy Center Honors in 1999 and the American Film Institute’s lifetime achievement award in 2006.

Connery is survived by his second wife, painter Micheline Roquebrune, whom he married in 1975; his son by Cilento, actor Jason Connery and a grandson from Jason’s marriage to actor Mia Sara.

Daniel Craig

James Bond actor Daniel Craig on Saturday (local time) in a statement paid tribute to the original 007, Sir Sean Connery after his demise.

The statement from the latest James Bond flick ‘No Time To Die’ actor was posted on the official Instagram account of 007.

The 52-year-old actor went on to admire Sir Sean Connery’s work and said that his wit and charm could only be measured in ‘mega watts’. “He defined an era and a style. The wit and charm he portrayed on screen could be measured in mega watts; he helped create the modern blockbuster,” the statement read.

“He will continue to influence actors and film-makers alike for years to come. My thoughts are with his family and loved ones. Wherever he is, I hope there is a golf course,” the statement further read.

Bollywood mourns

Soon after the news of the demise of Sean Connery broke, social media was flooded with the reactions of celebrities including Lata Mangeshkar, Hrithik Roshan, Randeep Hooda among others.

Calling him ‘perfect Bond’, Singer Lata Mangeshkar said that he has enthralled the audiences. “Deeply saddened to hear, Sir Sean Connery is no more. The perfect Bond who enthralled the audiences and stood tall as one of the most charismatic personalities in the entertainment industry. Such legends come rare! Heartfelt condolences,” she wrote.

Taking it to Twitter, actor Hrithik Roshan thanked the legendary actor for inspiring everyone. “Sean Connery. Sir. Your legend will live on forever. Well done Sir. You won this life.  thank you for inspiring us with the extent of your human potential. R.I.P,” he wrote.

Considering Sean Connery the definition of ‘cool’, Randeep Hooda shared the picture of the actor alongside caption in which he wrote, “The man who defined “cool” before the word really meant anything besides temperature .. the only #JamesBond that was hard to live upto .. Sir #SeanConnery RIP Legend.”

After watching Highlander, Abhishek Bachchan said he hoped “Connery will remain immortal.” Bachchan wrote, “We’ve lost another legend today. After watching Highlander I hoped he’d remain immortal. He will live on through his immense work. #RIP Sean Connery. There will never be a better Bond than you.”

Ranveer Singh was heartbroken with the news. Taking it to Instagram, the 35-year-old actor shared a picture of the legendary actor alongside a broken heart emoticon. (ANI)