Daniel Craig, Pierce Brosnan, Sam Neill, George Lucas and More of Hollywood Pay Tribute to Sean Connery

Sean Connery
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The Oscar-winning actor, who portrayed James Bond seven times, died on Saturday at age 90.

In the wake of Sean Connery's death on Saturday, Hollywood figures took to social media to pay tribute to the actor who won an Academy Award and portrayed James Bond seven times. He was 90.

James Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said in a statement "We are devastated by the news of the passing of Sir Sean Connery. He was and shall always be remembered as the original James Bond whose indelible entrance into cinema history began when he announced those unforgettable words, 'The name’s Bond... James Bond' He revolutionized the world with his gritty and witty portrayal of the sexy and charismatic secret agent. He is undoubtedly largely responsible for the success of the film series and we shall be forever grateful to him."

Sam Neill, who co-starred with Connery in 1990's The Hunt for Red October, wrote "Every day on set with Sean Connery was an object lesson in how to act on screen. But all that charisma and power - that was utterly unique to Sean."

Daniel Craig, who has portrayed the skilled spy five times starting with 2006's Casino Royale, said in a statement, "It is with such sadness that I heard of the passing of one of the true greats of cinema. Sir Sean Connery will be remembered as Bond and so much more. He defined an era and a style. The wit and charm he portrayed on screen could be measured in mega watts; he helped create the modern blockbuster. He will continue to influence actors and film-makers alike for years to come. My thoughts are with his family and loved ones. Wherever he is, I hope there is a golf course."

"I admired Sean so much," said Nicolas Cage in a statement. "I was happiest when I was working with him - his wisdom, humbleness, and extreme honesty has guided me ever since I met him. He was my friend and greatest teacher in cinema. The first movie star to lead the way in combining drama, action adventure and comedy. He did it all effortlessly and with dignity. Maestro, you will be missed."

Through his official Instagram account, Pierce Brosnan wrote, "Sir Sean Connery, you were my greatest James Bond as a boy, and as a man who became James Bond himself. You cast a long shadow of cinematic splendor that will live on forever. You led the way for us all who followed in your iconic foot steps. Each man in his turn looked to you with reverence and admiration as we forged ahead with our own interpretations of the role. You were mighty in every way, as an actor and as a man, and will remain so till the end of time. Your were loved by the world, and will be missed. God bless, rest now, be at peace."

Kevin Costner, who starred alongside Connery in Brian De Palma's The Untouchables, told THR "I, like the rest of the world, was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Sean Connery this morning. Sean was a crafted actor who was enormously proud of his body of work, particularly his work on stage. And although he was a very no-nonsense person, he was incredibly inclusive with me professionally and personally.  He was the biggest star that I ever worked with and I will be forever grateful to be linked with him on film. Sean Connery was a man’s man who had an amazing career."

Fellow Untouchables star Robert De Niro shared with THR he was sorry to hear of the actor's passing. "He seemed much younger than 90; I expected — and hoped — he’d be with us much longer.  See you up there, Sean."

George Lucas, who created the Indiana Jones franchise that Connery appeared in for 1989's Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, shared in a statement with The Hollywood Reporter, "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."

Michael Caine, who played Peachy Carnehan to Connery's Danny Dravot in The Man Who Would Be King, told THR in a statement, "Sean was a rare combination of being a great star and a brilliant actor. He proved this first in James Bond. The second [time] he proved [this was] when we both were in The Man Who Would Be King. We had a great time together. I haven’t seen him for quite a long time and I’ve missed him, but today, I really miss him. I am grateful for the time we spent together. A wonderful man."

Courtney B. Vance remembered his time on set with Connery for The Hunt for Red October, sharing in a statement to THR, "As you might imagine, I was in awe of everything. But on a Sean Connery set, it was all about the work and that understanding was infused in me. As an actor, I counted myself extremely blessed so early in my career to be in his charismatic presence and to have witnessed his command of the Paramount soundstage. I observed his laser focus on the work, refusing to allow himself to be fawned upon. He rose to the occasion and inspired all of us who worked with him to do the same, to always put forward our best. Through it all, Mr. Connery never lost the core of his Scottish roots, no matter the cost. He refused to be 'bought.' And I think that was the source of his appeal to his legions of fans. Mr. Connery was a great, great man, who made a deep impact on generations of film lovers and for that, and for many other reasons, he will be missed, but never forgotten. Although he’s known as the "O.G" James Bond, I believe it’s a line from his film, The Man Who Would Be King, that befits this moment as we bid farewell to Mr. Connery: 'You call it luck. I call it destiny.'"

Catherine Zeta-Jones, who co-starred with Connery in 1999's Entrapment, wrote on Instagram, "Farewell my friend. I love you Sean Connery with all my heart. Until we meet again, I will cherish every moment I shared with you. My love to Micheline and the family."

Tippi Hedren, who co-starred alongside Connery in Alfred Hitchcock's Marnie, reflected on working with the actor in a statement to THR. "I feel so fortunate to have worked with Sean. I am just so grateful to have had the honor of knowing him as a dear friend," Hedren shared. "He was a fabulous man and so very talented.  He had a great sense of humor and he made our job fun.  An elegant man, a brilliant actor and an over all amazing individual... Not to mention extremely attractive."

Indiana Jones producers Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement, "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."

The Twitter account for fellow Bond actor Roger Moore, which is run by his family, shared this morning, "How infinitely sad to hear the news Sir Sean Connery has passed away. He and Roger were friends for many decades and Roger always maintained Sean was the best ever James Bond."

"Sean Connery was a brilliant actor and a wonderful human being. I had the pleasure of getting to know him on Entrapment and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and experienced his charm, humor, and wit, which were always on display. His many contributions to cinema are an extraordinary legacy," Paramount Pictures CEO chairman Jim Gianopulos said in a statement to THR. Connery made both movies for 20th Century Fox, Gianopulos' alma mater.

MGM shared in a statement to THR, "All of us at MGM mourn the passing of the legendary Sir Sean Connery. His portrayal of James Bond remains one of cinema’s greatest contributions. We send our sincerest condolences to his family and to his many fans around the world."

Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group chairman Tom Rothman, who worked closely with Connery when running 20th Century with Gianopulos, shared in a statement: "Like others of my generation, I didn’t admire Sean Connery, I worshipped him. Getting to work with him as both a producer and an actor was a singular high point of my entire career. He taught me so much. The Class Act room in heaven has a new lead. And note to all up there: if you are on time for a meeting with the incomparable, unimaginably cool, mega-talented Sir Sean, you are five minutes late."

President Donald Trump also paid tribute to Connery tweeting, "The legendary actor, 007 Sean Connery, has past on to even greener fairways. He was quite a guy, and a tough character. I was having a very hard time getting approvals for a big development in Scotland when Sean stepped in and shouted,“Let him build the damn thing”. That was all I needed, everything went swimmingly from there. He was so highly regarded & respected in Scotland and beyond that years of future turmoil was avoided. Sean was a great actor and an even greater man. Sincere condolences to his family!"

Connery laid down the Bond blueprint by starring in the first five United Artists movies to feature Ian Fleming's British superspy: Dr. No (1962), From Russia With Love (1963) — said to be the actor's personal favorite — Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965) and You Only Live Twice (1967). He returned in 1971 to star in Diamonds Are Forever.

He also starred for Alfred Hitchcock in Marnie (1964) and for Sidney Lumet in the physically demanding The Hill (1965), The Anderson Tapes (1971), The Offence (1973), Murder on the Orient Express (1974) and Family Business (1989).

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