One of the most iconic names and voices in the world of film and cinema has passed on, with news that Sir Sean Connery has died at the age of 90.

The news was broken late on Saturday afternoon, with Connery’s family confirming the actor’s death to the BBC, though no specific details have been released at the current time.

Connery was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in August of 1930, and began his career as an actor in the mid-‘50s, namely working as an extra before receiving more substantial roles near the end of the decade. In 1962, Connery embarked upon his most iconic role, being cast as James Bond in the series’ first film, Dr. No. Connery continued in the role until 1967, with Australian actor George Lazenby holding the role before Connery returned in 1971, being replaced by Roger Moore for the next film in the series.

Following his retirement from the role, Connery set his sights upon more versatile projects, with his career experiencing a resurgence in the late ’80s, with his portrayal of Jimmy Malone in Brian De Palma’s 1987 film The Untouchables earning him his sole Academy Award, winning for Best Supporting Actor. Other box office successes, and critically-acclaimed hits – including Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Hunt for Red October, The Rock, and Finding Forrester – followed, with Connery being Knighted in 2000.

Connery’s last starring role was 2003’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, announcing his retirement from acting in 2006. Despite this, he would emerge for a pair of voice and narration roles took place in 2012 by way of Sir Billi and Ever to Excel.

Details of Connery’s passing are yet to be released by his family, though he was not known to have been suffering from ill health in recent years.

Our thoughts go out to his family, friends, and colleagues during this difficult time.

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