Sean Connery, the Majority’s Favorite James Bond “007” Dies at Home in Nassau, Bahamas

Sean Connery as James Bond during filming of Diamonds are forever in 1971
Sean Connery as James Bond during filming of Diamonds are forever in 1971 (Rob Mieremet, CC BY-SA 3.0 NL, via Wikimedia Commons).

Sean Connery, the first and popularly recognized as the best James Bond character has died at age 90 on Saturday, October 31, 2020. He died in his sleep at his home in Nassau in the Bahamas.

Sean Connery: James Bond actor dies aged 90 | BBC.

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Sean Connery became a star in 1962 with the release of “Dr. No,” but was not an initial favorite of British author Ian Fleming, who created the James Bond series of spy novels. Initially, Fleming thought Connery was unrefined compared to the suave Cary Grant, but eventually decided Sean Connery was a great choice for the James Bond character.

From 1962 to 1971 Sean Connery starred in 7 of 25 existing all-time or planned Bond films produced by Eon Productions in majority. Connery’s appearances as James Bond included “Dr. No,” “From Russia with Love,” “Goldfinger,” “Thunderball,” “You Only Live Twice,” ”Diamonds are Forever,” and “Never Say Never Again.”

In 1983, “Never Say Never Again” starred Sean Connery as James Bond, but the film was produced by Jack Schwartzman’s Taliafilm in association with Kevin McClory — not Eon Productions. “Never Say Never Again” is based on the 1961 James Bond novel Thunderball, which had been previously adapted in an Eon Productions film “Thunderball” in 1965, also starring Sean Connery.

❝You want to get Capone? Here’s how you get him. He pulls a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. That’s the Chicago way; and that’s how you get Capone.❞

— Sean Connery as Jimmy Malone talking to Eliot Ness (Kevin Kostner) in “The Untouchables”

Connery also won an Oscar (Best Supporting Actor) playing an Irish cop in “The Untouchables.” He also won 3 Golden Globes (Best Supporting Actor/The Untouchables, World Film Favorite Henrietta Award 1971, and Cecil B. DeMille Award 1995). He was nominated as Best Actor British Academy Film Award in 1990 for his performance in The Hunt or Red October.

When Sean was shooting “Never Say Never Again,” he took martial arts classes and tangled with instructor and fight choreographer Steven Seagal, who broke his wrist. Connery was unaware for years that the wrist was broken.

Sean Connery was knighted by the Queen of England in 2000.

Connery began bodybuilding at the age of 18, and trained heavily with a former gym instructor in the British Army. Sean Connery’s website claims he finished third in the Mr. Universe contest in 1950, but the 1953 NABBA Mr. Universe (amateur) record reported by reports that Hubert Thomas placed third in the Tall Division. The overall winner that year was Steve Reeves. The 1953 NABBA Mr. Universe record places Sean Connery at 6th — tied with Hubert Thomas. Arnold Schwarzenegger would compete in Mr Universe (amateur) in 1966 to win 2nd Place and then achieve First Place in 1967.

Sean Connery is survived by his second wife, Micheline Roquebrune, and his son, Jason Connery.

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Sean Connery as James Bond during filming of Diamonds are forever in 1971
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