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    Default Sir Sean Connery dead: James Bond star dies at 90

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    Sir Sean Connery has died at the age of 90, his family has said.


    The Scottish actor was best known for his portrayal of James Bond, being the first to bring the role to the big screen and appearing in seven of the spy thrillers.


    Sir Sean died overnight in his sleep, while in the Bahamas. It is understood he had been unwell for some time.


    His acting career spanned decades and his many awards included an Oscar, two Bafta awards and three Golden Globes.


    Sir Sean's other films included The Hunt for Red October, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and The Rock.



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    He was largely regarded as being the best actor to have played 007 in the long-running franchise, often being named as such in polls.


    His Oscar came in 1988, when he was named best supporting actor for his role as an Irish cop in The Untouchables.


    He was knighted by the Queen at Holyrood Palace in 2000.


    In August, he celebrated his 90th birthday.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-54761824

    In pictures: Sir Sean Connery


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    Sean Connery was regarded by many as the greatest ever James Bond.
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    He was the first actor to play the fictional secret agent, appearing with Ursula Andress in the first Bond film, Dr No, in 1962.
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    From Russia With Love came the following year. Director Terence Young is seen here fine-tuning a love scene in a rehearsal between Connery and Italian actress Daniela Bianchi.
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    He starred in six official Bond films - or seven if you include 1983's Never Say Never Again, which wasn't produced by Eon. Honor Blackman was one of the Bond girls in 1964's Goldfinger.
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    He set the template for Bond as the suave, dashing hero who was surrounded by beautiful women - such as here in 1967's You Only Live Twice.

    Before becoming Bond, he made his name as an actor in the 1950s and early 60s. His pre-007 roles included Count Vronsky in Anna Karenina on the BBC in 1961.
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    Beyond Bond, he continued to enjoy an action-packed career, and is seen here with Charlotte Rampling in the 1974 sci-fi film Zardoz.
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    His later film credits included The Name of the Rose, The Untouchables, Indiana Jones, The Hunt for Red October, The Rock and The Avengers - in which he is pictured with Ralph Fiennes.
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    When he walked the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival in 1999 with wife Micheline (left) and Catherine Zeta Jones to promote the film Entrapment, fans showed their love by bringing a banner reading: "Sean 007 the most talented."
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    Connery was the recipient of the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award in 2006 - presented by his Indiana Jones co-star Harrison Ford.
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    The star was famously proud of his Scottish roots, and celebrated that with his 2008 book Being A Scot.
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    Connery was also a big sport enthusiast - he was a keen golfer and regularly turned up to watch tennis matches, including the 2017 US Open in his adopted home of New York.






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