Sean Connery dead: James Bond actor passes away aged 90

JAMES Bond actor Sir Sean Connery has died aged 90, his family has said.

The Scottish star passed away in his sleep in the Bahamas and had been unwell for "some time", the BBC reports.

Sir Sean, who played Bond between 1962-71, won a string of acting awards included an Oscar, two Bafta awards and three Golden Globes.  

During his career, he won an Oscar, two Bafta awards and three Golden Globes.

He was also knighted by the Queen in Holyrood Palace in 2000.

Sir Sean's other films included 'The Hunt for Red October' and 'Indiana Jones'.

The Scottish actor landed his first role as 007 in 1962's 'Dr. No', which propelled him to international stardom.

His subsequent Bond films – including 'From Russia With Love' and 'Goldfinger' – are still regarded as some of the finest in the series.

Tributes have since flooded in to remember the acting legend.

The British Film Institute said: "We’re deeply saddened to hear of the passing of iconic actor Sir Sean Connery, aged 90."

Piers Morgan wrote: "RIP Sir Sean Connery, 90. The first James Bond. The best James Bond. What sad news."

BAFTA also paid tribute to the heroic actor.

They said: "We are very sorry to hear of the death of British acting legend Sir Sean Connery.

"He was a BAFTA Fellow, a BAFTA Special Award recipient and won a Leading Actor BAFTA in 1988 for The Name Of The Rose."

This Morning's Eamonn Holmes said: "No doubt he epitomised James Bond but don't forget there were so many other roles. True Movie Star who owned the screen . Rip #SeanConnery"

Odeon cinema said: "We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Sean Connery, the legendary actor who defined James Bond for many. RIP."

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