Lucasfilm Pays Tribute To Sean Connery

This past Halloween, we lost one of the world's greatest, most influential Academy Award-winning actors, Sean Connery, who passed away in his sleep. He was 90 years old. Connery’s family announced his tragic passing on Saturday morning.

Sean Connery was born on August 25th, 1930 in Scotland to parents Joseph and Euphemia. In 1950, Connery was introduced to entertainment after being hired to work backstage at the King’s Theater. This was the spark for him to take a turn as an actor. His feature debut was in Let's Make Up as an extra in crowd scene. It was not until 1957 that he was cast in a small role in Action of the Tiger, starring Van Johnson. After that, his roles got bigger and bigger. As we all know, he took the role of a lifetime that made him a star at the start of one of the biggest action film franchises today by starring in 1962's Dr. No as none other than the iconic British agent 007, James Bond. He has appeared as Bond in seven films, including From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, Diamonds are Forever, and the unofficial 1983 sequel Never Say Never Again.

Many Bond fans around the world ranked Sean Connery highly when it came to James Bond actors. In fact, the AFI (American Film Institute) picked Sean Connery as the third greatest film hero of all time. Apart from the James Bond films, Sean Connery has also been in many other big franchise films such as Highlander and Highlander II: The Quickening, which spawned three more films, two live action TV series, Japanese animated movies, comics, and toys. Of course, other than his Bond performances, his role as Professor Henry Jones in 1989's Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade became iconic despite only appearing in one film. Given his role in that Lucasfilm production, it is fitting that Lucasfilm would share the following quotes as a tribute:
“Sir Sean Connery will be remembered for his talent, his charm, his wit and the many unforgettable roles he played, but he will always be Indy’s dad to us. It was an honor to know and work with him and our hearts are with his family and loved ones.”

— Frank Marshall and Kathy Kennedy

“Sir Sean Connery, through his talent and drive, left an indelible mark in cinematic history. His audiences spanned generations, each with favorite roles he played. He will always hold a special place in my heart as Indy’s dad. With an air of intelligent authority and sly sense of comedic mischief, only someone like Sean Connery could render Indiana Jones immediately into boyish regret or relief through a stern fatherly chiding or rejoiceful hug. I’m thankful for having had the good fortune to have known and worked with him. My thoughts are with his family.”

— George Lucas
Although he was uncredited in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, he played another iconic role as King Richard in 1991. Despite his many iconic roles such as Professor Henry Jones, King Arthur in First Knight, and Draco in Dragonheart, Sean Connery has often been recognized as James Bond, the spy that made him a household name. His feelings toward James Bond were notoriously strained. He felt boxed in by the success of the film franchise. He had so much more to offer as an actor and wanted to play different characters. This has been proven in 1987’s Untouchables, for which he earned an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. 

His close friend, the Academy Award winner Michael Caine, spoke out about his feelings:

“If you were his friend in these early days you didn’t raise the subject of Bond. He was, and is, a much better actor than just playing James Bond, but he became synonymous with Bond."

Besides winning an Academy Award, Sean Connery won many other awards throughout his career, including two BAFTA Awards, three Golden Globes, the Cecil B. DeMille Award, Henrietta Awards, and many more.

His success had brought film offers and worked from some of the 
greatest and award winning directors in Hollywood such as Alfred Hitchcock, Sidney Lumet, John Huston, Brian De Palma, Steven Spielberg, Gus Van Sant, and many more. His other greatest films include The Man Would Be King, The Hunt of Red October, The Hill, Murder on the Orient Express, Finding Forester, A Bridge Too Far, The Rock, Marnie, and many more.

With his great performances and achievements as an actor in many films since the 50’s, he gave a lot of influence to other people around the world. Connery deserved so much more. The Scottish native was finally received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Kennedy Center Honor in 1999, and then got knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in the year 2000. He finally announced his retirement in 2006, with a few films in between. 

His legacy will continue, 
and his works will always influence others as he inspired the world. He is considered one of the Scotland’s greatest actors of all time.

Source(s): ComicBook, Lucasfilm