The Scottish actor and director were Sir Thomas Sean Connery. Between 1962 and 1983, he was best known as the first actor to play the character James Bond in movies, acting in seven Bond movies each movie from Dr. No to You Only Live Twice, plus Diamonds Are Forever and Never Say Never Again.
He was 90 years old.
Before he got his break with the Bond films, Connery was in smaller theater and television productions. With the success of his Bond role, he became a major actor.
Marnie (1964), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), The Man Who Would Be King (1975), A Bridge Too Far (1977), Highlander (1986), The Untouchables (1988), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), The Search for Red October (1990), Dragonheart (1996), The Rock (1996), and Finding Forrester (2000) were also among his films. In 2006, Connery retired from acting. One Academy Award, two BAFTA Awards (one being a BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award), and three Golden Globes, including a Cecil B. DeMille Award and a Henrietta Award, are among Connery’s achievements.
In 1999, he won a lifetime accomplishment award with a Kennedy Center Distinction in the US. In the 2000 New Year Awards for film drama services, Connery was knighted.
The breakthrough for Connery came in the role of James Bond, the British secret agent. He was hesitant to commit to a film series but knew that his career would profit greatly if the films succeeded.
In the first five Bond films, he played 007: Dr. No (1962), From Russia with Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), and You Only Live Twice (1967), then appeared again as Bond in Diamonds Are Forever (1971) and Never Say Never Again (1983).
All seven films were successful commercially. As depicted by Connery, James Bond was chosen by the American Film Institute as the third-greatest hero in cinema history.
From 1962 to 1973, Connery was married to the actress Diane Cilento, though they separated in 1971. They had a son, Jason Connery, an actor.
In her 2006 autobiography, she alleged that during her relationship, he had abused her psychologically and physically; Connery was quoted as saying that hitting a woman sometimes was “no big deal.”
Because of the uproar, Connery canceled an appearance at the Scottish Parliament and said he had been misquoted and that any harassment of women was inappropriate. When he dated Jill St. John, Lana Wood, Carole Mallory, and Magda Konopka, Connery was segregated in the early 1970s.
Connery, from 1975 until his death, was married to the Moroccan-French painter Micheline Roquebrune (born 1929).
A well-documented affair that Connery had with the singer and songwriter Lynsey de Paul in the late 1980s survived the union. A keen golfer, for twenty years (from 1979) Connery owned the Domaine de Terre Blanche in the South of France where he intended to build his dream golf course on the 266 acres (108 ha ) of land, the dream came true when he sold it in 1999 to German billionaire Dietmar Hopp.
In Kyokushin karate, he was given the honorary rank of Shodan (1st dan).
On 31 October2020, Connery died in his sleep, at the age of 90, at his home in Nassau, Bahamas. His death was announced the same day by his family and Eon Productions, and his son said he had been unwell for some time.
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