Sean Connery Tributes Pour in After James Bond Actor's Death at 90

Tributes have begin pouring in following the death of James Bond actor Sean Connery who has died at the age of 90.

The BBC announced on Saturday that the actor's family had divulged the sad news after he died overnight in Nassau, in the Bahamas.

Jason Connery said his father "had many of his family who could be in the Bahamas around him" when he died, reported the BBC. "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."

Now tributes have begun pouring in for the iconic star who some say was the best actor to play 007, the inimitable British agent with a love of women, fast cars and Martinis.

I grew up idolizing #SeanConnery. A legend on screen, and off. Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/OU9QEy5fTB

— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) October 31, 2020

Taking to Twitter, people reacted with shock and sadness that Connery had died, praising him for his role as Bond.

Actor Hugh Jackman tweeted: "I grew up idolizing Sean Conner. A legend on screen, and off. Rest In Peace."

And actor Sam Neill also paid tribute to the star. He said: "Every day on set with Sean Connery was an object lesson in how to act on screen. But all that charisma and power- that was utterly unique to Sean. RIP that great man, that great actor."

A Twitter account managed by the family and office of fellow Bond star Sir Roger Moore, who died in 2017, paid tribute to Connery.

RIP Sean Connery. Before he played James Bond, he served his country as a young man in the @RoyalNavy onboard HMS Formidable. https://t.co/8ZhmJBrkTT

— Ministry of Defence 🇬🇧 (@DefenceHQ) October 31, 2020

With the handle @sirrogermoore, the tweet said: "How infinitely sad to hear the news Sir Sean Connery has passed away. He and Roger were friends for many decades and Roger always maintained Sean was the best ever James Bond. RIP."

And the UK's Ministry of Defence (MOD) revealed that Connery had served the Armed Forces before becoming an actor. Posting a tribute, the MOD said: "RIP Sean Connery. Before he played James Bond, he served his country as a young man in the @RoyalNavy onboard HMS Formidable."

Media personality Piers Morgan also tweeted a tribute and said: "'Sean Connery WAS James Bond, the rest of us were just imposters' - what George Lazenby, the man who replaced him as 007, told me a few years ago. He was right..."

The death of the Scottish actor, who was best known for his portrayal as the sophisticated agent 007, was announced by the BBC on Saturday. The cause of his death is unknown at this time.

How infinitely sad to hear the news Sir Sean Connery has passed away. He and Roger were friends for many decades and Roger always maintained Sean was the best ever James Bond. RIP

— Sir Roger Moore (Legacy) (@sirrogermoore) October 31, 2020

Connery is noted as being the first to bring the role of Bond to the big screen appearing in seven of the spy thrillers that generated a legion of fans around the world.

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

Sir Matt Busby made moves to take a young part-time actor to Old Trafford and offered him a £25-a-week contract.

"I really wanted to accept because I loved football. I decided to become an actor and it turned out to be one of my more intelligent moves."

RIP Sean Connery. pic.twitter.com/WhBTfoYOEH

— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) October 31, 2020

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

Connery was knighted by the Queen at Holyrood Palace in 2000 and celebrated his 90th birthday in August.

Many Bond fans regard Connery as being the best actor to have played the role in the long-running franchise. His Oscar came in 1988, when he was named best supporting actor for his role as an Irish police officer in The Untouchables.

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Actor Sean Connery as James Bond, with 'Bond girls' Kim Basinger and Barbara Carrera, in a scene from the film 'Never Say Never Again', 1983. Stanley Bielecki/Getty