Daniel Craig has paid tribute to the original James Bond star Sir Sean Connery after his death.
Connery, who was the first actor to bring Bond to the big screen, has sadly died at the age of 90, with his family confirming the tragic news.
Craig, who has starred as the special agent since 2006, said in a statement: ‘It is with such sadness that I heard of the passing of one of the true greats of cinema.
‘Sir Sean Connery will be remembered as Bond and so much more. He defined an era and a style.
‘The wit and charm he portrayed on screen could be measured in mega watts; he helped create the modern blockbuster.
‘He will continue to influence actors and film-makers alike for years to come. My thoughts are with his family and loved ones.
‘Wherever he is, I hope there is a golf course.’
Connery first brought Bond to life in Dr No in 1962. He went on to star in six more of the spy movies – From Russia with Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), Diamonds are Forever (1971), and Never Say Never Again (1983).
In 1983, he stepped back from the role.
Connery’s son Jason told the BBC his father died peacefully in his sleep overnight while in the Bahamas, having been ‘unwell for some time’, and said he ‘had many of his family who could be in the Bahamas around him’ when he died.
He said: ‘We are all working at understanding this huge event as it only happened so recently, even though my dad has been unwell for some time.
‘A sad day for all who knew and loved my dad and a sad loss for all people around the world who enjoyed the wonderful gift he had as an actor.’
Following Connery’s death, tributes have been pouring in from all over the world.
Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli released a statement, paying homage to his ‘gritty and witty’ portrayal of the spy.
‘We are devastated by the news of the passing of Sir Sean Connery,’ they said.
‘He was and shall always be remembered as the original James Bond whose indelible entrance into cinema history began when he announced those unforgettable words — ‘The name’s Bond… James Bond’ — he revolutionised the world with his gritty and witty portrayal of the sexy and charismatic secret agent.’
The producers’ statement concluded: ‘He is undoubtedly largely responsible for the success of the film series and we shall be forever grateful to him.’
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