Sir Sean Connery – the original James Bond – dies aged 90

Sir Sean Connery – who played 007 spy James Bond – has died. He was aged 90.

No cause of death has been revealed.

Connery was the original – and many claim – to be the best of the 007s.

However, he had countless other films to his name – winning an Oscar in The Untouchables.

Thomas Sean Connery was born on a tough estate in Edinburgh.

His first job was as a milkman after leaving school at 14.

He joined the Royal Navy but was discharged on medical grounds.

He took up body-buildings and entered the Mr Universe contest in 1953.

Although he failed to win, he used the experience as a calling card to London’s West End.

His small stage appearances led to small television appearances – shows like Dixon of Dock Green.

Bigger film projects followed.

But it was his casting as James Bond in Dr No that made him a world star.

Despite better actors chasing the coveted role, the producers chose Connery because of his “sex appeal”.

It was said he “walked like a panther” at the audition.

Connery appeared in the next four Bond films: From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball and You Only Live Twice.

He declined a fifth – On Her majesty’s Secret Service – but was lured back to make Diamonds are Forever.


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Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.

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