2020 has struck again. Scottish actor Sir Sean Connery has passed away at the age of 90 while surrounded by family in Nassau, Bahamas. Reports say the acting mega-star passed peacefully in his sleep after a long bout of “being unwell for some time”.
“A sad day for all who knew and loved my dad and a sad loss for all people around the world who enjoyed the wonderful gift he had as an actor”Jason Connery, Sean Connery’s son
The Pop Culture Legacy of Sean Connery
It’s hard to imagine what the world of James Bond would have been like without the amazing portrayals by Sir Sean. His other ragingly popular films include The Hunt for Red October, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (my favorite), Highlander, The Rock, and many, many more.
Still, even with all his credits, Sean Connery is still regarded by many to be the best actor to play James Bond, a debate that rages to this day. Some didn’t like the idea of a Scot playing a British super-spy, but in the end, his time with the Walther PPK in his pocket produced some of the most memorable Bond films.
A Hero of Scotland
I’m partial to him, being Scottish myself, but in Scotland, Sean Connery is the stuff of legend. He often said he would move back to Scotland from the Bahamas if the Scots would vote to break away from the rest of the UK.
“Sean was born into a working class family in Edinburgh and through talent and sheer hard work, became an international film icon. He was a global legend, but first and foremost, a patriotic and proud Scot – his towering presence at the opening of Scottish Parliament in 1999 showed his love for the country of his birth. Sean was a lifelong advocate of an independent Scotland and those of us who share that belief owe him a great debt of gratitude.”Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
Godspeed, Sir Sean Connery, 1930-2020