Bond producers EON Productions confirmed his death to the Associated Press. Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said they were “devastated by the news.”
“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,'” they said in a statement.
Although he largely retired in 2005, Connery earned almost 100 screen credits in his long career. With his sex appeal, screen presence and skill at delivering one-liners, it’s not surprising that he racked up countless cinematic highlights over the years. Below are eight personal favourites.
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1. “Bond, James Bond,” from Dr. No (1962).
It’s the scene that launched a legend.
2. “Your luck has just changed,” from Goldfinger (1964).
Many lines from Connery’s James Bond films have not aged well, given the character’s womanizing ways. But he was a master at outsmarting and antagonizing the baddies.
3. “You won’t be needing this, old man,” from From Russia With Love (1963).
Connery’s Bond vs. Robert Shaw’s Donald “Red” Grant’s fight to the death on the train is one of the best brawls in the whole spy series, and it ends in one of those quips that became a Bond signature.
4. “That’s the Chicago way” from The Untouchables (1987).
Connery won an Oscar for his portrayal of a hard-bitten old-school Irish beat cop who helps upright Elliot Ness (Kevin Costner) bring down Al Capone (Robert De Niro). Check out Connery’s short but funny Oscar acceptance speech here.
5. “What books?” from The Hunt for Red October (1990).
Connery gave such a commanding performance as a cool-headed submarine commander trying to defect with a high-tech new sub that most of us were willing to forgive him for playing the Russian captain with his signature Scottish brogue.
6. “The world’s noblest profession” from The Man Who Would Be King (1975).
Connery and Michael Caine are uproariously magnetic in iconic filmmaker John Huston’s adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s novella about two roguish ex-British Army officers who travel to far-off Kafiristan (present-day Afghanistan) to make their fortune.
7. “I remembered my Charlemagne” from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989).
Connery’s crusading Prof. Henry Jones was the perfect father and foil to adventuring archeologist Indiana Jones.
8. “She’s my dear, my darling one” from Darby O’Gill and the Little People (1959).
As the Associated Press notes, Connery got his first big break singing and dancing to There is Nothing Like a Dame in South Pacific on the London stage and in a touring production before going on to act in repertory, television and B movies.
In one of his early films, Disney’s Darby O’Gill and the Little People, he briefly showed off his fine singing chops again.