007 Actor Sir Sean Connery Dies Age 90

Sir Thomas Sean Connery (25 August 1930) has died today, Saturday October 31, aged 90.

The former James Bond actor has passed away ‘peacefully in his sleep’ it was reported by his family after being ‘unwell for some time’.

Sean Connery, image by Wikicommons

Born to a working class family in Edinburgh Connery served three years in the Royal Navy before training as a bodybuilder and entering the 1953 Mr. Universe contest.

This led to stage work and a part in South Pacific.

Moving into film and television one of Connery’s legends was born when filming Another Time, Another Place (1958), he disarmed a jealous boyfriend who had come to confront him on set.

In 1962 Connery landed what would go on to become one of the biggest film franchises in history as British secret agent James Bond.

He played the lead in the first five films (1962-67) before returning in 1971 and again in 1983 for the final time.

Connery went on to star in culture defining films such as Murder on the Orient Express (1974), Highlander (1986), The Untouchables (1987) and Indian Jones and the Last Crusade (1989).

One film that was not a critical or box office success was The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003) though it has gained a cult following, it was also one of his last outings before retiring.

Connery was knighted in 2005.