Scottish actor Sean Connery, the first actor to play James Bond in the movies and for many fans the best, has passed away. He was 90 years old.


Bond producers EON Productions have confirmed his death, first reported by the BBC.

Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said they were "devastated by the news".

"He was and will always be remembered as the original James Bond whose indelible entry into film history began when he announced those unforgettable words -" Bond's name… James Bond, "they said in a statement.

The producers said that Connery's "gritty and witty portrayal of the sexy and charismatic secret agent" was largely responsible for the show's success.

An interview with the Scottish actor who captivated moviegoers like superspy James Bond. 14:43

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she was "sorry" at the news.

“Our nation today mourns one of its most beloved sons,” she said.

In a varied career, Connery has played James Bond seven times, starting with Dr. Non in 1962. His portrayal has defined the suave secret agent for a generation of fans.

He's also had major roles in films, including Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Highlander and The Hunt for Red October.

He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 2000 for his services in dramatic cinema.