By: Anna Torok
“There is nothing like a challenge to bring out the best in a man.” When twentieth century movie icon Sean Connery shared this wisdom, little did he know in the last years of his life he would need these encouraging words. Sean Connery passed away peacefully in his sleep while in the Bahamas with his family on October 31st. He battled dementia and alzheimers in the later stages of his life. His wife, Micheline Roquebrune, commented that in his final days his dementia took its toll on him so he was no longer able to express himself or enjoy life. His sons Jason and Stephane shared that their father was able to get his wish of passing away without a fuss. His death has brought many film fans to reflect on his iconic role.
Sean Connery was born in Edinburgh and started acting with No Road Back. His career encompasses seven decades and one Oscar win for The Untouchables in 1988. He was featured in Indiana Jones, The Hunt For Red October, Highlander, and many more films. However, he is most known for playing James Bond. He originated the role by being the first to appear on screen as 007 in 1962. He later starred in six other movies as the slick spy. The beginning of the Bond series was revolutionary because of its cynical cleverness, ruthless action scenes, sex appeal, and wordly locations. Connery is regarded as the best Bond for embodying the sly humor and style.
The impact Connery had on the movie industry is evident as many have come forward to remember his performances and attitude. Daniel Craig, the most recent portrayal of Bond, said Connery will not only be thought of one of the true greats of cinema, but someone who, “defined an era and a style. The wit and charm he portrayed on screen could be measured in megawatts; he helped create the modern blockbuster.” Dame Shirley Bassey, who sang multiple Bond theme songs recalls Connery as a “true gentleman.” Scotland’s First Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon even calls him “a patriotic and proud Scot.”
Sean Connery’s death has movie lovers and Bond fanatics reminiscing on how he pioneered such a recognizable character. Despite his passing, he will continue to influence actors and filmmakers. His words, “the name’s Bond… James Bond” will go down in history.