Tributes to Sean Connery

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Sean Connery, the original James Bond
Sir Sean Connery in his first casting as James Bond

Actor Sean Connery has died at age 90.

Bond producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli paid tribute to Connery in a statement, saying: “We are devastated by the news of the passing of Sir Sean Connery.

“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.

“He is undoubtedly largely responsible for the success of the film series and we shall be forever grateful to him.”

Scottish First Minister shared a few words on one of Scotland’s “beloved sons”.

“I was heartbroken to learn this morning of the passing of Sir Sean Connery. Our nation today mourns one of her best loved sons. Sean was born into a working class Edinburgh family and through talent & sheer hard work, became an international film icon and one of the world’s most accomplished actors.”

“Sean will be remembered best as James Bond – the classic 007 – but his roles were many & varied. He was a global legend but, first and foremost, a patriotic and proud Scot – his towering presence at the opening of Scottish Parliament in 1999 showed his love for the country of his birth.”

“Sean was a lifelong advocate of an independent Scotland and those of us who share that belief owe him a great debt of gratitude.”

“It was a privilege to have known Sean. When I last spoke to him it was clear even then that his health was failing – but the voice, the spirit and the passion that we all loved so well were still there. I will miss him. Scotland will miss him. The world will miss him.”

“My thoughts and condolences are with Micheline, their children and all the family. RIP Sir Sean Connery”

Actor Hugh Jackman also tweeted as soon as he heard the unfortunate news.

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