Sean Connery Dead at 90: Daniel Craig, Hugh Jackman and More Honor the Legendary Actor

Sean Connery, who originated the role of James Bond on film, died surrounded by family. Stars like Daniel Craig, who portrayed the secret agent role in multiple films, are honoring the late star.

By Kaitlin Reilly Oct 31, 2020 5:01 PMTags
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Hollywood stars are honoring a silver screen icon. 

On Saturday, Oct. 31, news broke that Sean Connery had died at age 90 in the Bahamas, where he had been living for the past few years. His wife Micheline and his two sons, Jason and Stephane said in a statement that he died peacefully in his sleep surrounded by family. 

Connery originated the role of secret agent James Bond on film, and portrayed the character seven times—more than any star would go on to do. The Scottish actor also appeared in famous films like 1987's The Untouchables, for which he won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, and 1989's Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. While he lent his famous, deep voice to projects in recent years, his final movie was 2003's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, in which he played Allan Quatermain, the big game hunter who originally appeared in the novel King Solomon's Mines

As fans mourn the legendary actor, stars, including others who have taken up the James Bond mantle, have come forward to express their condolences. 

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Harrison Ford: "He was my father... not in life... but in Indy 3. You don't know pleasure until someone pays you to take Sean Connery for a ride in the side car of a Russian motorcycle bouncing along a bumpy, twisty mountain trail and getting to watch him squirm.  God we had fun. If he's in heaven, I hope they have golf courses. Rest in peace dear friend."

Daniel Craig: "Sir Sean Connery will be remembered as Bond and so much more. He defined an era and a style. The wit and charm he portrayed on screen could be measured in mega watts; 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. Wherever he is, I hope there is a golf course," Craig tells E! News. 

Pierce Brosnan: "Sir Sean Connery, you were my greatest James Bond as a boy, and as a man who became James Bond himself," the actor, who played 007 in four films, wrote on Instagram. "You cast a long shadow of cinematic splendor that will live on forever. You led the way for us all who followed in your iconic foot steps. Each man in his turn looked to you with reverence and admiration as we forged ahead with our own interpretations of the role. You were mighty in every way, as an actor and as a man, and will remain so till the end of time. Your were loved by the world, and will be missed. God bless, rest now, be at peace."

Hugh Jackman"I grew up idolizing #SeanConnery. A legend on screen, and off. Rest In Peace."

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Arnold Schwarzenegger: "Sean Connery was a legend, one of the greatest actors of all time. He provided endless entertainment for all of us & inspiration for me. I'm not just saying that because he was a bodybuilder who placed in the Mr. Universe contest! He was an icon. My thoughts are with his family."

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Josh Gad"Often, actors fall into categories or "types." They find themselves being compared to others who display similar attributes. But once in a while, there r those who break the mold & shatter the norm to become a one of a kind. Brando. Nicholson. Connery. Today we lost a one of kind."

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Viola Davis: "RIP to our James Bond icon Sean Connery."

George Takei: "Sean Connery was a movie legend, even far into his golden years. Our strongest Bonds were formed by him, and he was Untouchable. He passed today at age 90, a suave hero to the end."

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Elizabeth Hurley: "RIP the glorious Sean Connery."

John Cleese"Saddened by the news of the passing of Sir Sean Connery. A wonderful man who I had the pleasure of working with in Time Bandits. We crossed paths many times over the years. Such immense talent and a vibrant human. And the only one of us to find The Holy Grail."

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Sam Neil"Every day on set with #SeanConnery 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."

Cary Elwes"RIP Sean Connery... the only Bond. From Scotland with Love and a broken heart."

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