Saturday, July 13, 2024

No Time to Die: Sean Connery, the Greatest James Bond of All, Passes Away at Age 90 in the Bahamas


Sean Connery, the original and greatest James Bond of all, has died at age 90 in the Bahamas, where he and his wife have lived for decades. He was 90 years old.

Connery, the most famous Scottish movie actor, was known all over the world for playing Bond in six memorable films starting with “Dr. No” in 1962, and including “From Russia with Love,” “Thunderball,” “Goldfinger,” “You Only Live Twice,” and “Diamonds Are Forever.” That run ended in 1971, but Connery returned in 1983 in the ill fated “Never Say Never Again” after producer Albert “Cubby” Broccoli had replaced him as Bond in “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,” and then “Octopussy.” Connery was so furious with Broccoli that he never spoke him again and refused to participate in the franchise’s 50th anniversary a few years ago.

Connery’s whole career was identified the Bond character but at least he won an Oscar, and not for that role. He won in 1983 for “The Untouchables.” The following year he won a whole new audience and more acclaim as Indiana Jones’ father in “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.” His career had a major revival through the 1990s right up through “Finding Forrester” in 2000. But he was so upset that he wasn’t nominated for an Oscar that he fired his publicist. He made one more movie, “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen,” in 2003.

But what a life and what a career. Swashbuckling, the envy of all, Sean Connery was a Hollywood man’s man. He was so macho in his way that Darrell Hammond created a hilarious parody of him on “Saturday Night Live.”

The real Sean Connery, however, was married twice, first to Diane Cilento, with whom he had a son. He’s survived by his wife of 45 years, Micheline Roquebrune. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 2000.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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