From the moment he first uttered the words “Bond, James Bond”, Sean Connery made the part his own.
There have been other Bonds, but no other actor had Connery’s grace, devilish good looks, deadpan humour and that glint of menace.
The role took the former Edinburgh milkman to global stardom.
But Sir Sean was far more than a single part. He shone in A Bridge Too Far, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and the Oscar-winning The Untouchables – to name just a few of his outstanding film credits.
He was a proud Scot, who generously backed a charity to improve children’s education in his home country.
In the end, the only villain he was unable to beat was old age.
Unlike the debonair film hero he played to perfection, Connery only got to live once... but what a life it was.