It was revealed that Sir Sean Connery, the man who brought James Bond to the big screen, sadly passed away at 90 years of age.
This very sad news was revealed yesterday via the James Bond Twitter account.
They posted the following statement:
Sir Sean Connery has died at the age of 90. He was the first actor to play James Bond on the big screen in Dr. No in 1962, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice and Diamonds Are Forever followed.
Of course, Connery is most famous for being the man who brought James Bond to the big screen.
He first played the British Secret Agent in Dr. No in 1962.
Famously, the man who wrote the Bond novels, Sir Ian Fleming, didn’t much like the casting to begin with.
Sean Connery was not, as far as Fleming was concerned, right for the part.
He was Scottish to begin with, and didn’t do all that much to hide his accent.
James Bond was meant to be English, and also from a pretty upper-class background.
Connery was from a working-class background and wasn’t as suave as Fleming had imagined the character.
Connery’s Bond was more gritty than the character from the books.
However, Fleming soon changed his mind after watching Dr. No and declared it to be perfect casting.
Sir Sean Connery was James Bond, but he was also so much more than just that
That said, Sean Connery was so much more than just the guy who played James Bond a couple of times.
After leaving the role, he went on to star in some pretty brilliant movies, and he even won an Oscar.
He was in the likes of The Hunt For Red October, The Rock, Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade (the best Indiana Jones movie), and Marnie.
He won the Best Supporting Actor award at the Oscars for his performance in The Untouchables.
I would also say that his performance in Highlander needs to be seen to be believed.
All this said, Connery will go down in history as the original James Bond.
Without him, the franchise wouldn’t be where it is today.
What do you make of this sad news?
Were you, like me, a big fan of Sir Sean Connery’s work on the big screen?
Was he your favourite James Bond of all time?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.