Sean Connery was recalled on Saturday by other actors and producers of the James Bond franchise as “one of the real greats of cinema” who most embodied the fictional spy character James Bond.
For James Bond fans and those who knew him, Mr. Connery, who died at the age of 90, was considered one of the best actors to embrace the role of “Dr. Non ”(1962),“ From Russia With Love ”(1963),“ Goldfinger ”(1964),“ Thunderball ”(1965),“ You Only Live Twice ”(1967),“ Diamonds Are Forever ”(1971) and“ Never say never again ”(1983).
Only four actors who played James Bond – also known as Agent 007 – in the movies are alive today: George Lazenby, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig.
David Niven, who played James Bond in the satirical spy film “Casino Royale” (1967), died in 1983. Roger Moore, who played James Bond for over a decade, beginning with “Live and Let Die ”(1973) and ending with“ A View to a Kill ”(1985), died in 2017.
Mr Craig, who has played James Bond since 2006, said in a statement on website 007 on Saturday that Mr Connery “sets an era and a style” with his films.
“The spirit and charm he portrayed on screen could be measured in megawatts; he helped create the modern blockbuster, ”Mr. Craig said. “He will continue to influence actors and filmmakers for years to come. My thoughts are with his family and loved ones. Wherever it is, I hope there is a golf course.
Mr. Lazenby, who played James Bond in “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” (1969), said on Instagram Saturday that Mr. Connery had inspired him.
“I have met Sean a few times and I was happy that he gave my Bond film, ‘To Her Majesty’s Secret Service,’ his seal of approval,” said Mr Lazenby.
“But, for me, the most important thing was that his job went far beyond Bond: in charity, in family, in politics and in golf,” added Mr Lazenby. “A man after my own heart. A great actor, a great man and an underrated artist has passed away.
Just a few weeks ago, Mr. Lazenby wished Mr. Connery “all the best” on his 90th birthday, calling him “the greatest Leap of all time”.
“Sean, to me, has always been the man,” Mr Lazenby wrote. “I walked in his footsteps – I had to look and dress like Sean Connery – I went to his barber and tailors. I wasn’t scared when I got on the part – he’s the one who inspired me never to hesitate.
Mr. Dalton, whose first James Bond film was “The Living Daylights” (1987), said in a statement: “Sean was a wonderful presence. A great leading man.
Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli told website 007 that Mr. Connery revolutionized the world “with his cruel and witty portrayal of the sexy and charismatic secret agent.”
“He was and will always be remembered as the original James Bond whose indelible entry into film history began when he announced those unforgettable words -” The name of Bond … James Bond “, they said. stated in the press release.
Mr Connery’s death is the third James Bond franchise death since September.
Diana Rigg, 82, played the daughter of a crime boss in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, the only James Bond film to play Mr. Lazenby. In October, “Goldfinger” actress Margaret Nolan died at age 76.