‘A legend’: Tributes pour in for Oscar-winning actor Sean Connery, dead at 90

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London: Tributes have poured in for movie legend Sean Connery, who died in his sleep at the age of 90.

Among the was Australian actor Hugh Jackman who tweeted from his New York home: "I grew up idolising Sean Connery. A legend on the screen, and off."

James Bond producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli wrote: “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.”

Actor Sam Neill who starred with Connery in The Hunt For Red October, said: "Every day on set with #SeanConnery was an object lesson in how to act on screen. But all that charisma and power — that was utterly unique to Sean. RIP that great man, that great actor."

Daniel Craig, the current James Bond, said the world of entertainment was mourning a giant of the screen.

“It is with such sadness that I heard of the passing of one of the true greats of cinema. Sir Sean Connery will be remembered as Bond and so much more. He defined an era and a style. The wit and charm he portrayed on screen could be measured in mega watts; he helped create the modern blockbuster.

"He will continue to influence actors and film-makers alike for years to come. My thoughts are with his family and loved ones. Wherever he is, I hope there is a golf course."


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