Remembering Sean Connery (1930–2020)

We honor the long career and acting legacy of seminal James Bond actor, and Academy Award winner, Sean Connery.

Matt Lissauer

By Matt Lissauer

Sean Connery in "Goldfinger."

Courtesy Everett Collection

Scottish-born actor Sean Connery, who sadly passed away October 30th, will best be remembered as the first – and, for many – the one-true James Bond. It was the style and swagger that Connery brought to the British spy role, starting with 1962's "Dr. No," that forever defined Bond for each of the other actors who followed in his footsteps.

Beyond Bond, Connery leaves a long legacy of film. Along with 007, some of his other iconic roles include Indiana Jones's father in "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade," Marko Ramius, the Soviet sub commander in "The Hunt for Red October," and Ramirez the ancient immortal Egpytian and mentor to hero Conner in "Highlander." Along with his iconic action roles, Connery was also well-known as a leading man. Other notable credits include, Alfred Hitchcock's "Marnie," "The Longest Day," the original "Murder on the Orient Express," "The Wind and the Lion," "The Man Who Would Be King," "A Bridge Too Far," "Cuba," "The Untouchables," "First Knight," "The Rock," "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen," and "The Avengers" (not Marvel's, but rather the adaptation of the classic 1960s British TV show).

In 1988 Connery won the Academy Award for his supporting role in "The Untouchables." In 2000 he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, and received other career-spanning honors, including the Kennedy Center Honors in 1999, and the American Film Institute's lifetime achievement award in 2006, the same year he retired from acting. We highlight the man and his legacy with a selection of photos.

GOLDFINGER, Sean Connery, 1964.
THE NEXT MAN, Sean Connery, 1976
MARNIE, Tippi Hedren, Sean Connery, 1964.
DR. NO, Ursula Andress, Sean Connery, 1962.
THUNDERBALL, Martine Beswick, Sean Connery, 1965.
YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE, Sean Connery, Karin Dor, 1967.
DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER, Sean Connery, 1971
ZARDOZ, from left: Sean Connery, Charlotte Rampling, 1974.
OUTLAND, Sean Connery, 1981.
THE UNTOUCHABLES, Andy Garcia, Sean Connery, Kevin Costner, Charles Martin Smith, 1987.
HIGHLANDER, Sean Connery, Christopher Lambert, 1986.
THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER, Sean Connery, 1990.
ENTRAPMENT, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Sean Connery, 1999.
CUBA, Sean Connery, 1979.
THE NAME OF THE ROSE, from left, Sean Connery, Christian Slater, 1986.
TIME BANDITS, from left: Craig Warnock, Sean Connery, 1981.
THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY, from left: Sean Connery, Lesley-Anne Down, 1979.
FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE, Sean Connery, Lotte Lenya, 1963.


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Matt Lissauer

Matt Lissauer

Matt Lissauer is a writer & data manager for Noovie. When he is not busy writing listicles, Matt is enjoying life in New Jersey with his lovely wife and three kids.

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