Sean Connery dead: James Bond star Daniel Craig leads Hollywood tributes

Sean Connery

James Bond star Daniel Craig led the tributes to the original James Bond, Sean Connery, who passed away in his sleep at the age of 90 on Oct. 31, 2020.

A representative of the family confirmed the death without detailing the cause. Sean Connery was apparently “unwell for some time,” according to his son, Jason Connery.

Daniel Craig, who has been playing the role of James Bond since 2005, released a statement to honor “one of the true greats of cinema.”

“The wit and charm he portrayed on screen could be measured in megawatts; he helped create the modern blockbuster,” Craig said.

Pierce Brosnan, who was Bond before Craig, also paid tribute to his boyhood hero.

“Each man in his turn looked to you with reverence and admiration as we forged ahead with our own interpretations of the role,” Brosnan said.

Bond producers from Eon Productions, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, also released a statement to say that they are devastated about Connery’s death.

Sam Neill, his co-star on The Hunt for Red October, said that being on the set with Connery was a lesson in acting. Kevin Costner, his co-star in The Untouchables, said that Connery was “the biggest star” he’s worked with.

Robert De Niro, who also worked with Connery and Costner, said that he was hoping his friend would still be around as he looked so much younger than 90. George Lucas, who cast Connery as the father of Indiana Jones, said that the actor “left an indelible mark in cinematic history.”

Catherine Zeta-Jones, who was with Connery in Entrapment, shared a post on Instagram to say goodbye to the actor.

Surrounded by family

Connery has been living in the Bahamas with his second wife, Micheline Roquebrune, since his retirement. Jason said that his father was surrounded by family when he died.

Jason also said that they are still trying to come to terms with his father’s death despite struggling with an illness for some time. The family will hold a private ceremony for Sean Connery, but their publicist said that there will be a public memorial “once the virus has ended,” per BBC.

The actor played the Agent 007 character for six movies, beginning with the first film Dr. No in 1962. He also led From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, and Diamonds Are Forever until Roger Moore took over the role in 1973.

In 1983, Connery signed on to star as Bond yet again in Never Say Never, which was filmed outside of Eon Productions. It would be his final appearance as the iconic character.

‘Woke’ critics speak up

Some netizens, however, are using the death of Sean Connery to remind the public of toxic masculinity. While speaking ill of the dead is frowned upon, Twitter was riddled with blue-check marked accounts who said that Connery had a problematic legacy.

The woke critics consider Bond as a chauvinist character, and they also brought up how Connery advocated for violence against women. His first wife, Diane Cilento, claimed he’s a wife-beater, but Sean Connery remained married to his second wife since 1975.

 

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