The iconic James Bond star’s death was confirmed by his family on Saturday.
Connery’s son Jason told the BBC his father died peacefully in his sleep overnight while in the Bahamas, having been ‘unwell for some time’, and said his father ‘had many of his family who could be in the Bahamas around him’ when he died.
He said: ‘We are all working at understanding this huge event as it only happened so recently, even though my dad has been unwell for some time.
‘A sad day for all who knew and loved my dad and a sad loss for all people around the world who enjoyed the wonderful gift he had as an actor.
’ The Scottish star’s legendary acting career spanned decades, but he was best known for being the first person to play 007.
Connery played the suave secret agent in seven films between 1982 and 1983 – Dr No, You Only Live Twice, From Russia With Love, Thunderball, Diamonds Are Forever, Goldfinger and Never Say Never Again – and is considered to be the best actor to ever play Bond.
Connery had originally been unsure about signing on to the franchise, but his time as Bond proved to be iconic – so iconic, that Bond author Ian Fleming wrote Connery’s Scottish heritage into canon. However, his career was far from just Bond.
In 1988, five years after his last Bond film Never Say Never Again, Connery won the Oscar for best supporting actor for his role in The Untouchables.
Other classic roles included parts in Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade, Murder On The Orient Express, Highlander, The Rock, Finding Forrester and The Hunt For Red October.
He was also offered two iconic roles – that of Gandalf in Lord Of The Rings, and the Architect in the Matrix – but turned them down because he didn’t understand the scripts.
In 1999, he received a lifetime achievement award with a Kennedy Center Honor, and the following year, he was knighted for his services to film and drama.
In addition to these honours, he was also named the Greatest Living Scot in a 2004 poll, and People magazine called him the Sexiest Man Alive in 1989 and the Sexiest Man Of The Century ten years later.
However, he wasn’t that overwhelmed by the Sexiest Man Alive title, saying: ‘Well, there aren’t many sexy dead men, are there?’ Connery played Bond in seven films.
Connery announced his retirement from acting in 2006, but briefly returned to the world of film in 2012 when he voiced the title character in Sir Billi the Vet.
His close friend Sir Michael Caine previously said that his friend decided to retire ‘because he didn’t want to play small parts about old men and they weren’t offering him any young parts in romantic leads’.
Thomas Sean Connery was born in Edinburgh’s Fountainbridge area on August 25 1930.
Bond producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli led the tributes today, saying: ‘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.’
Stars including Gary Lineker, Piers Morgan and Hugh Jackman also shared their tributes, while others recalled working with the star.
Sam Neill, who worked with Connery on The Hunt For Red October, tweeted: ‘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.’
And the legacy account for former Bond star Roger Moore, who died in 2017, issued a statement reading: ‘How infinitely sad to hear the news Sir Sean Connery has passed away.
He and Roger were friends for many decades and Roger always maintained Sean was the best ever James Bond. RIP.’
Sturgeon wrote: ‘I was heartbroken to learn this morning of the passing of Sir Sean Connery. Our nation today mourns one of her best loved sons.