James Bond producers pay tribute to Sir Sean Connery as actor dies aged 90

James Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli have paid tribute to the late Sir Sean Connery, following his death at the age of 90.

Connery’s family today confirmed that the star, best known for being the first actor to portray special agent 007 in the James Bond film franchise, had died in the Bahamas.

Tributes immediately came pouring in from all over the world for the Scottish actor, from individuals including actor Hugh Jackman, the First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon and Game of Thrones star Liam Cunningham.

Following the news of his death, a statement from the producers for the James Bond film franchise was released on social media.

The statement began by listing the James Bond films Connery starred in, beginning with his 007 debut in the 1962 film Dr. No.

He later appeared in From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, Diamonds Are Forever and Never Say Never Again.

In the statement, producers Wilson and Broccoli paid homage to Connery’s ‘gritty and witty portrayal’ of the world-famous spy, stating that he was ‘largely responsible for the success of the film series’.

‘We are devastated by the news of the passing of Sir Sean Connery,’ they said.

‘He was and shall always be remembered as the original James Bond whose indelible entrance into cinema history began when he announced those unforgettable words — ‘The name’s Bond… James Bond’ — he revolutionised the world with his gritty and witty portrayal of the sexy and charismatic secret agent.’

The producers’ statement concluded: ‘He is undoubtedly largely responsible for the success of the film series and we shall be forever grateful to him.’

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