Veteran actor Sean Connery died on October 31 at the age of 90. The actor, who immortalised the role of British secret agent James Bond, was reportedly unwell for some time.
Connery made his debut as an uncredited actor in the 1954 film Lilacs of the Spring. During his career, spanning almost five decades, he acted in 94 films and television series. However, his most acclaimed role as the 6.2-feet agent James Bond garnered an iconic status and international recognition. He also bagged the Academy Award for the Best Actor in a Supporting Role in 1988 for his role in the 1987 film The Untouchables. The actor’s timeless dialogue, “The name is Bond… James Bond” struck a chord among his audience.
The Indian film fraternity mourned the loss of the actor and took to social media to share their condolences.
Veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan, who co-starred with Connery in the 2003 film The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, decoded the date of Connery’s demise and wrote:
T 3707 – What is the date today ..
31 . 10 . 20 .. add up ➡️ .. 3 +1 is 4 .. then 1 = 5 .. then 0 .. then 2, so 4+1+2 = 7 .. then 0 ..
so .. 3+1+1+2 = 7 .. and 2 zeros before you get there ..
So .. 007 .. !!
Sean Connery passes away .. he gave life to 007 !!
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) October 31, 2020
Actor Naseeruddin Shah, who played Captain Nemo in the same film, told The Times of India: “He was the ONLY Bond for me! My only reason for watching the Bond films after he quit playing the part was because of the actors playing the baddies, not because of who played Bond.”
Reminiscing the days while working together, Shah added: “All of us, his (Sean Connery’s) co-actors, were certainly in awe of him, but he never displayed any sign of entitled behaviour. He didn’t need to, he was perfectly happy sitting around in his undershirt sans his wig, with us all and scratching himself and breaking wind! He often asked us things about ourselves, which was touching — celebrities are never interested in others, they’re always waiting to be asked things about themselves and are happy to hold forth about themselves even if not asked.”
Calling him “the perfect Bond who enthralled audiences”, legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar said such legends were rare.
Deeply saddened to hear, Sir Sean Connery is no more.
The perfect Bond who enthralled the audiences and stood tall as one of the most charismatic personalities in the entertainment industry.
Such legends come rare!
— Lata Mangeshkar (@mangeshkarlata) October 31, 2020
Actor Hrithik Roshan thanked Connery for “inspiring” people with his “human potential”.
Sean Connery . Sir . Your legend will live on forever . Well done Sir. You won this life . ❤️ thank you for inspiring us with the extent of your human potential. R.I.P
— Hrithik Roshan (@iHrithik) October 31, 2020
“Rest in peace Sir Sean Connery. They don’t make them like you anymore… #OGBond,” tweeted actor Nimrat Kaur.
Tweeting a photo of Connery in a James Bond film, filmmaker Venkat Prabhu wrote, “One of the legendary #JamesBond
Stating that Connery went beyond playing only James Bond, Malayalam actor Mammootty said he was the “definition of an international spy”.
The name James Bond brings to mind only one actor. And that is Sean Connery. The actor who went beyond James bond to play many amazing characters. But to most of us the original, and the definition of an international Spy. RIP Mr Connery. You live in forever through your films. pic.twitter.com/2y8GazTtsN
— Mammootty (@mammukka) October 31, 2020
Calling the late actor a “legend on and off screen”, Telugu actor Mahesh Babu said he set the bar high with his portrayal of the international spy.
He set the bar high with his portrayal of #JamesBond. A legend on and off-screen. RIP Sir #SeanConnery. Thank you for all your films. pic.twitter.com/UE5t7EEOyr
— Mahesh Babu (@urstrulyMahesh) October 31, 2020
Filmmaker Sujoy Ghosh wrote, “How does one even thank sean connery for all the films…”
Sharing Connery’s photo, actor Randeep Hooda wrote: “The man who defined “cool” before the word really meant anything besides temperature .. the only #JamesBondthat was hard to live upto .. Sir #SeanConnery RIP Legend ”
Ali Zafar wrote, “RIP Sir Sean Connery. The original 007. You were the epitome of grace. #SeanConnery“
Singer Adnan Sami tweeted photos of the actor and called his demise “heartbreaking.” “This is so heartbreaking… Sir Sean Connery, one of my childhood favourite actors has passed away. He was an amazing actor & amongst his many iconic roles, he was indeed, the best James Bond EVER!! May his soul rest in peace…”#SeanConnery
Connery featured in seven James Bond films from 1962 to 1983, namely, Dr No (1962), From Russia with Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), Diamonds are Forever (1971) and Never Say Never Again (1983).