Film legend Sir Sean Connery has died at age 90.
His son, Jason Connery, told the BBC that he passed peacefully in his sleep, surrounded by family at his home in the Bahamas, having “been unwell for some time.”
After leaving school at age 13, working a variety of odd jobs, and serving in the Royal Navy for three years, Connery began acting in a 1953 production of South Pacific. His biggest break came in 1962 when he was chosen to portray James Bond in Dr. No, the first adaptation of Ian Fleming’s novels.
He defined the iconic (albeit dated) role of Agent 007, portraying him in seven films, including From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, and eNever Say Never Again. Fan polls regularly name him the best Bond actor; even Roger Moore, the actor who went on to replace him as Bond, “maintained Sean was the best ever.”
His other iconic appearances include Murder On The Orient Express, The Hunt For Red October, Highlander, and The Rock. He also famously portrayed Harrison Ford’s father, Professor Henry Jones, in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. In 1987, he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Untouchables, where he played Irish-American cop Jimmy Malone.
Sean Connery was knighted in 2000 and retired officially in 2006, growing discontent with the state of Hollywood after starring in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and declining offers to star in the fourth Indiana Jones film. His final acting credit is 2012’s Sir Billi, an animated feature produced in his native Scotland. He was an unflinching proponent of Scottish independence.