(CMR) Sir Sean Connery of James Bond fame has died at age 90 earlier it was confirmed by his son. Reports are that he died in his sleep in his homes in the Bahamas. He was said to be surrounded by family.
The Scottish actor was the first to play James Bond on the big screen and played the 007 characters in seven movies from 1962-1971. He was voted as the best Bond in various polls over the years. He was knighted by the Queen in 2000.
Tributes have been pouring in for the actor who passed away in the Bahamas and leaves behind his wife Micheline and his sons Jason and Stefan. His son informed the BBC that he was unwell for some time and died peacefully in his sleep.
His acting career spanned 50 years and numerous movies including The Untouchables, The Hunt for Red October, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and The Rock. He won an Oscar for his 1988 performance as an Irish cop in The Untouchables.
In 1989 the US magazine People voted him Sexiest Man Alive, to which the 59-year-old replied: ‘Well, there aren't many sexy dead men, are there?' In 2009 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Edinburgh Napier University for the achievements throughout his career. Connery once voted the ‘greatest living Scot', received the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006, when he confirmed his retirement from acting.
He was a staunch and vocal supporter of Independence for Scotland.
Connery is survived by his son Jason and second wife French artist Micheline Roquebrune, whom he married in 1975.