LONDON | Scottish actor Sean Connery, the 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 overnight surrounded by family members as it takes place in Nassau, Bahamas He hadn’t been well for some time, his son Jason Connery told the BBC

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His funeral will be private, announced his family, who are planning a memorial service “once the virus is over”

“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 a statement. April 2021

“Where he is I hope there is a golf club,” added the 52-year-old actor, referring to one of the Scottish’s passions

The actor has enjoyed a long career crowned with numerous awards including an Oscar, two Bafta and three Golden Globes

“How infinitely sad to hear the news of Sir Sean Connery’s passing He and Roger were friends for many years and Roger always maintained that Sean was the best James Bond ever,” tweeted the account of actor Roger Moore, who had also slipped into the skin of the famous secret agent

How infinitely sad to hear the news that Sir Sean Connery has passed He and Roger were friends for many decades and Roger has always maintained that Sean was the best James Bond ever RIP

Sean Connery was born on August 25, 1930 in poverty in the suburbs of Edinburgh, Scotland. He left school early and joined the Navy at age 16

His two tattoos (“Mum and Dad” and “Scotland forever”) on his right forearm date from this period

Returned to civilian life after three years after an ulcer, he had done odd jobs: lifeguard, mason, truck driver, but also coal deliverer, bodyguard and coffin polisher

He also got into bodybuilding, final third in the 1950 Mister Universe competition, before entering an acting career

Taking on the role of 007 for the first time in “Dr No” in 1962, he played six times (not counting the unofficial “Never Again”) the Secret Agent

“He was and will always be remembered as the original James Bond whose indelible entry into film history began when he said those unforgettable words ‘My name is Bond James Bond'” tribute in a press release the producers of the saga Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli

“He is without a doubt further responsible for the success of the film series and we will be forever grateful to him,” they added

Sean Connery won an Oscar with “The Untouchables” and increasingly performed roles of spiritual father, in “Highlander”, “The Name of the Rose” or “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”

In 1989, People magazine named him “sexiest man alive,” so he’s happily turning 60

Sean Connery retired in 2003, remaining immensely popular. In 2013, he was voted Americans’ favorite British actor

“I grew up idolizing #SeanConnery,” actor Hugh Jackman wrote on Twitter, calling him a “legend on and off screen”

Only his fight for the autonomy of his native Scotland raised some eyebrows. He would also have delayed his ennoblement by Queen Elizabeth II until July 2000

In Scotland tributes have rained on the native, with Scottish Prime Minister Alex Salmond calling him “the most brilliant Scottish in the world, the last of Hollywood stars, the unforgettable Bond”

STATEMENT ON ALEX SALMOND’S SIR SEAN CONNERY “The tallest Scottish man in the world, the last of the real Hollywood stars, the Definitive Leap” #SeanConnery #ScotlandForever picTwittercom / s9ZtCRJyz5

“He was an international legend, but first and foremost a patriotic and proud Scotsman,” the current Scottish head of government, Nicola Sturgeon, said on Twitter, recalling that he was defending the independence of the ‘Scotland

5 / It was a privilege to have known Sean The last time I spoke to him it was clear even then that his health was declining – but the voice, the spirit and the passion we we all loved so well were still there I will miss him Scotland will miss him The world will miss him

Sean Connery was married for the first time to an Australian actress, Diane Cilento, with whom he had a son, Jason, born in 1963 He had married as a second marriage the French portrait painter Micheline Roquebrune in 1975

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