Sean Connery: James Bond 007 actor dies aged 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 peacefully in his sleep in the Bahamas, having been “unwell for some time”, his son said.

His acting career spanned five decades and he won an Oscar in 1988 for his role in The Untouchables.

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

Jason Connery said his father “had many of his family, who could be in the Bahamas, around him” when he died overnight in Nassau. Much of the Bond film Thunderball had been filmed there.

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.”

His publicist Nancy Seltzer said: “There will be a private ceremony followed by a memorial yet to be planned once the virus has ended.”

He leaves his wife Micheline and sons Jason and Stephane.

“Sir Sean Connery will be remembered as Bond and so much more,” he said.

“He defined an era and a style. The wit and charm he portrayed on screen could be measured in megawatts; 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.”

In reference to Sir Sean’s love of golf, he added: “Wherever he is, I hope there is a golf course.”

Dame Shirley Bassey, who sang the themes to three Bond films including Goldfinger, paid tribute saying: “I’m incredibly saddened to hear of Sean’s passing.

The James Bond movie theme tunes have become an indelible part of pop music culture.

It’s impossible to think of Live And Let Die (1973) without Wings’ apocalyptic slice of rock opera, or A View To A Kill (1985) without Duran Duran’s grandiose theme song. And that’s before we even consider Shirley Bassey’s masterclasses of cinematic unsubtlety with Goldfinger.

So, spare a thought for those well-known artists who penned a Bond theme hoping for immortality, only for it to be rejected on the casting couch

In 1981, when director John Glen was commissioned to shoot the twelfth episode of the James Bond film saga ‘For Your Eyes Only’  Blondie were at the height of their fame , having already placed four tracks at number one on the charts: “Heart of Glass”, “Call Me”, “The Tide is High” and “Rapture”.

Johnny Cash, Thunderball – Tom Jones, of course, may have recorded the actual theme, but Cash’s effort is a champion among failures.

We needed a change of some kind to go back to Bond’s origins. We wanted the new film to be more of a thriller than a game, without losing sight of what made Bond famous: the his humor.

Alice Cooper, The Man With The Golden Gun

 

 

” Someone on the production team thought, for the soundtrack, that Blondie were a perfect match: a band with humor, wit and an intelligence of its own and, moreover, that it was successful.

 

That song was rejected, and the theme of the film was then played by Scottish singer Sheena Easton. Blondie also released their version on the album and released it in 1982 in “The Hunter”. The album, the sixth of their discography, did not receive the success of the previous ones and, shortly thereafter, the band even ended up melting. Before reassembling and returning to record stores with “No Exit”

 

 

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