The family of Sir Sean Connery have officially confirmed the James Bond actor has sadly passed away, just two months after his 90th birthday.
Legendary James Bond actor Sir Sean Connery has died, aged 90. Born in August 1930, the Scottish actor Sean Connery is widely viewed as the definitive James Bond. He was the first actor to play the part, starring in seven Bond films between 1962 and 1983, and in 2000 he was knighted for services to the film industry.
It's impossible to overstate Sir Sean Connery's importance to cinema. The Bond role may have brought him global acclaim, but he always considered himself far more than just the first James Bond; he won a BAFTA for The Name of the Rose, and an Academy Award for The Untouchables, appearing in many other iconic movies. Connery retired after The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen proved a disappointing box office failure, and passed on opportunities to appear in The Lord of the Rings and The Matrix. Although there were rumors he'd return for the fourth Indiana Jones film, Connery rejected those, telling the BBC "retirement is just too much damned fun."
Sadly, Sir Sean Connery's family have confirmed to the BBC that the celebrated actor has now passed away. The news comes just two months after his 90th birthday, in which he was honored by James Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, and was voted the best Bond ever by fans.