Connery, who received the Knighthood Award in 2000 for his contribution to the arts, starred in seven films as a British spy, beginning with “No Doctor” in 1962.
He’s definitely not just Bond. Connery starred opposite Alfred Hitchcock in the 1964 film “Marnie” opposite Tippy Hedron; Was part of the All-Star Cast in 1974’s “Murder on the Orient Express”; As the father of Indiana Jones, who starred in “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” in 1989; Chicago Police won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Jim Malone in the 1987 film The Untouchables.
But like many of the characters in the Bond films, he can never escape 007. He relinquished that role twice before ending his involvement in 1983’s “Never Say Never Again”.
Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said he is “heartbroken” over the death of Connery.
“Our nation today pays tribute to one of his best beloved sons,” he said in a statement on Saturday. “Sean was born into a working class Edinburgh family and, through talent and hard work, became a film icon and one of the greatest actors in the world.”
Sturgeon paid tribute to Connery’s commitment to his homeland and his argument for an independent Scotland, and said it was a “privilege” to know him.
“Sean is a global legend, but, first and foremost, he is a patriotic and proud Scott. His high position at the beginning of the Scottish Parliament is a sign of his commitment to his country,” he said.
“He was a lifelong advocate for an independent Scotland and we owe him a debt of gratitude for sharing that hope.”