Sean Connery, who won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for "The Untouchables" in 1988, but was inseparable from the character of James Bond, died on Saturday at the age of 90, as reported by the BBC, which quoted a family source. Between 1962 and 1983 the Scottish actor played the British secret agent with a license to kill created by Ian Fleming seven times, being the first to introduce himself as "Bond, James Bond" in "007 - Secret Agent".
According to his son, Jason Connery, the actor died in his sleep, surrounded by his family, at his home in Nassau, in the Bahamas. He would have been ill for a few years, having been seen publicly for the last time in 2017, and there will be a funeral ceremony just for those closest to him, with a public tribute postponed “until when the pandemic is over”.
Among the many reactions in the film world, Daniel Craig, the latest actor to play James Bond, commented that Connery "defined an era and a style", predicting that his influence will continue to be felt for many years to come.
Considered the “sexiest man in the world” by “People” magazine in 1989, when he was close to 60 years old, Sean Connery made the last film of his career in 2003, starring in “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”, limiting himself since then to acting as a narrator in documentaries and giving voice to a character in the animated film “Sir Billi”. In all of these cases he took advantage of the unmistakable Scottish accent, the independence of his homeland from the United Kingdom being one of the causes in which he has worked in recent decades. In an emotional reaction to the news of his death, the Scottish Prime Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, guaranteed to have "been heartbroken".
Even though he was extremely connotated with James Bond, Sean Connery also worked with directors like Alfred Hitchcock (in "Marnie"), reinventing himself in the 1980s, thanks to hits like "Duel Immortal" (1986), "The Name of the Rose" (1986) and “The Untouchables” (1987), directed by Brian De Palma, in which his interpretation of a policeman engaged in the fight against Al Capone was rewarded with a golden statuette by the Hollywood Academy. The renewed popularity led Steven Spielberg to choose him to be the father of the most famous archaeologist of the seventh art, in “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” (1989).
Although George Lazenby played James Bond in “007 - At the Service of His Majesty”, a film that had scenes at the Palácio Estoril Hotel and arrived in cinemas in 1969, two decades later the actor shot in Lisbon part of “ The House of Russia ”, thriller political role in which he starred with Michelle Pfeiffer.
Born in Edinburgh, where he was born on August 25, 1930, Sean Connery enlisted in the Navy under the age of XNUMX and dedicated himself to bodybuilding before embarking on representation. From theater he moved to television and from television to cinema, becoming a legend of the seventh art and eventually receiving the title "Sir" of Queen Elizabeth II of England despite being a Scottish nationalist.