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A DI­A­MOND ..FOR EVER

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SEAN Con­nery’s shat­tered son fought back tears yes­ter­day, over­come by a “beau­ti­ful out­pour­ing of tributes” af­ter the screen ti­tan died at 90.

Ac­tor Ja­son Con­nery re­vealed James Bond leg­end Sir Sean “died peace­fully in his sleep” at his home in the Ba­hamas.

Griev­ing Ja­son, 57, told the Sun­day Mir­ror: “We are all work­ing at understand­ing this huge event, even though my dad has been un­well for some time.

“There has been a beau­ti­ful out­pour­ing of tributes for him and that is ap­pre­ci­ated. It is 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.”

Ja­son was at home in the Scot­tish Bor­ders when news of his dad’s death came through.

But he said as “many of his fam­ily who could be” were with Sir Sean when he passed away on Fri­day night.

Sir Sean, who also leaves his wife of 45 years Miche­line and adopted son Stephane, was a fiercely proud Scots­man – once nce voted the “great­est liv­ing Scot”. He was feted as one of Bri­tain’s finest ac­tors and hailed the best ever 007 – even by the other stars who played ed Bond.

Sir Sean donned Bond’s tuxedo six times be­tween 1962 and 1971. They were ere the iconic first 007 movie – Dr No, From om Rus­sia with Love, Goldfin­ger, Thun­der­ball, You Only Live Twice and Di­a­monds Are For­ever.

Sir Sean played 007 again in the in­de­pen­dent 1983 pro­duc­tion Never Say Never Again. It en­raged Bond guru Cubby Broc­coli – but the pair even­tu­ally made up.

Cur­rent James Bond star Daniel el Craig said of him: “One of the true ue greats. The wit and charm he por­trayed on screen could be mea­sured in mega watts; he helped cre­ate the mod­ern block­buster.”

Form For­mer Bond Ge­orge Lazenby added: “Only a few weeks ago I was wish­ing Sean all the best for h his 90th birth­day. Now I’m very sad to be cons con­sol­ing with his fam­ily and friends.

“Sean Con­nery, as Bond, in­spired me p per­son­ally but seems to have en­cap­su­lated an age, the Six­ties. A great ac­tor, great man.”

Bond pro­duc­ers Michael G Wilson and Bar Bar­bara Broc­coli said: “We are dev­as­tated.

“He rev­o­lu­tionised the world with his gri gritty and witty por­trayal of the sexy and ch charis­matic se­cret agent. He is un­doubt­edly

One of the true greats. The wit and charm he por­trayed on screen could be mea­sured in mega watts; he helped cre­ate the mod­ern block­buster

- DANIEL CRAIG

largely re­spon­si­ble for the suc­cess of the film se­ries and we shall be for­ever grate­ful to him.”

Scot­land’s First Min­is­ter Ni­cola Stur­geon said she was “heart­bro­ken”, adding: “Our na­tion mourns one of her best-loved sons.

“Sean was a global leg­end egend but, first and fore­most, he e was a pa­tri­otic and proud Scot.” cot.”

Trainspot­ting writer Irvine Welsh said: “Great guy. uy. RIP my friend and in­spi­ra­tion. tion. “

Singer Sir El­ton John ohn and ac­tor Hugh Jack­man both paid trib­ute to “a screen leg­end”. Eleanor Con­nery, Sir Sean’s sis­ter-in-law, said Covid had pre­vented the star’s brother Neil from be­ing in the Ba­hamas with him.

She added: “He was a per­son to be ad­mired and loved and we just feel it’s the end of an era.” Sir Sean coined the t leg­endary line in the 007 film films: “The name’s Bond – James Bond.”

The plau­dits plau­dit for his work – and his looks – con­tin­ued long af­ter he stopp stopped play­ing 007. In 1989 he was de­clared “se “sex­i­est man alive” b by Peo­ple magaz zine. His later fame and fortune were a far cry from his child­hood in Ed­in­burgh, in near-poverty with his truck driver fa­ther and mother, a cleaner.

Sir Sean dropped out of school at 13, then was drafted into the Royal Navy just two years af­ter the Sec­ond world War ended.

He was a cof­fin-pol­isher, life­guard and milk­man be­fore body­build­ing helped launch his act­ing ca­reer.

De­spite liv­ing in the Ba­hamas for years, keen golfer Sir Sean never for­got his roots. He had “Scot­land For­ever” on his arm, backed in­de­pen­dence and wore fam­ily tar­tan when knighted in 2000. Sir Sean said he “hated that damned Bond”, fear­ing he was type­cast but went on to win an Oscar, two Baf­tas and three Golden Globes for his per­for­mances.

He was a cop in The Un­touch­ables, the skip­per in sub­ma­rine drama The Hunt for Red Oc­to­ber, Har­ri­son Ford’s dad in In­di­ana Jones and the Last Cru­sade and was Ramirez in two High­lander films.

He quit act­ing in 2003 fol­low­ing The League of Ex­tra­or­di­nary Gentle­men – af­ter row­ing with the di­rec­tor, com­plain­ing: “I get fed up deal­ing with id­iots.”

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GREAT SCOT Sir Sean proudly donned a tar­tan tuxedo to at­tend movie pre­miere with his beloved wife Miche­line
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LAST PIC­TURE With his son Ja­son
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 ??  ?? SHINE ON With Shirley Ea­ton in Goldfin­ger, 1964
SHINE ON With Shirley Ea­ton in Goldfin­ger, 1964
 ??  ?? STILL SO STYLISH Sir Sean at home in Ba­hamas
STILL SO STYLISH Sir Sean at home in Ba­hamas
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 ??  ?? ACT TWO With star son Ja­son
ACT TWO With star son Ja­son

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