Sean Connery, the Scottish-born actor who rocketed to fame as James Bond has died at 90.

Iran PressEurope: The Scottish Bafta-winning star played the British spy in seven films from 1962 until 1983.

His first appearance came in Dr No in 1962. His other Bond films included From Russia with Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), and You Only Live Twice (1967). 

He returned to the role twice more in Diamonds Are Forever (1971) and Never Say Never Again (1983).

Bond was Connery’s breakthrough role following a decade of stage and TV roles in the 1950s.

The author was won around by Connery’s performance in Dr No and, in his 1964 novel, You Only Live Twice, wrote Connery’s heritage into the character’s background.

Connery became disillusioned with the role towards the end of his tenure, with his friend Sir Michael Caine revealing in an interview: "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. That was upsetting to him."


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