Tributes have slowly come in through the morning. Director Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Mission Impossible) reminisced about Connery's nuanced performance in the iconic sequence in Goldfinger when the baddie had him stepped to a laser table: "This famous scene would’ve been nothing without Connery. Under the cool you see desperation, genuine fear, strategy, arrogance when his ploy works, ending with indignation when he sees he’s getting shot anyway. RIP Sean Connery." Current James Bond actor, Daniel Craig, said, "It is with such sadness that I heard of the passing of one of the true greats of cinema." From Princess Bride star, Cary Elwis: "RIP Sean Connery... the only Bond. From Scotland with Love and a broken heart." Hugh Jackman: "I grew up idolizing Sean Connery. A legend on screen, and off." Monty Python and Q to Brosnan's Bond, John Cleese, wrote: "Saddened by the news of the passing of Sir Sean Connery. A wonderful man who I had the pleasure of working with in Time Bandits. We crossed paths many times over the years. Such immense talent and a vibrant human. And the only one of us to find The Holy Grail." Ian Fleming Publications passed along this message from 007 producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli: "We are devastated by the news of the passing of Sir Sean Connery. He was and shall always be remembered as the original James Bond whose indelible entrance into cinema history began when he announced those unforgettable words -'The name’s Bond... James Bond' -he revolutionised the world with his gritty and witty portrayal of the sexy and charismatic secret agent. He is undoubtedly largely responsible for the success of the film series and we shall be forever grateful to him.” It' been a sad October, as actress Margaret Nolan (Goldfinger, A Hard Days Night) also passed away. James Bond actor George Lazenby recently had these kind words on Connery's 90th birthday in August, which feel especially poignant today while we meditate on Connery's passing and, through his roles, the actor's lasting influence on the world as a cultural role model: "Happy 90th birthday to the all time greatest Bond - Sean Connery. Sean, for me, was always the man. I walked in his footsteps - I had to look and dress like Sean Connery - I went to his barber's and tailors. I had no fear when I went up for the role - he was the guy who inspired me to never hesitate. Another thing we have in common is that we're both family men, so best wishes to Lady Connery, your kids and grand kids and stay safe." I think George pinpointed the essential impact Connery's energy had on audiences. What Connery brought to Bond were those defining qualities we came to admire and associate with the character, and for many men, wished to emulate: confidence and panache. As we celebrate his gifts, we also send our deep condolences to Sean Connery's friends and family. Below: Bond promo, with Hitchcock, with 007 author Ian Fleming, Goldfinger, with Noel Coward, and Time Bandits.
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