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Daniel Craig: Sean Connery is the reason ‘James Bond’ the character, lasted so long – Times of India

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Sir Sean Connery has died at the age of 90. He was the first actor to play James Bond on the big screen in Dr. No in 1962. From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice and Diamonds Are Forever followed.

On hearing the news of his passing away, Daniel Craig 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.”

Known as the ‘original Bond’, he was named as the best Bond actor by Craig during an interaction with Bombay Times for Skyfall. During that interview, he’d told us, “I like Sean Connery the most as Bond. It’s interesting because when Sean was cast he wasn’t everybody’s favourite – he’s Scottish and people were talking about David Niven and other quintessentially British actors. Cubby Broccoli was American and Harry Saltzman was Canadian but they lived in this country a long time and they were Anglophiles and both kind of British in their ways. They saw Sean Connery and saw something that probably a British producer wouldn’t have seen. They saw potential and Sean changed the way we view action heroes. He changed the face of it. And Sean’s performance is one of the reasons – and obviously there are a lot of other reasons too – that Bond has lasted for so long.”

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 revolutionised 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.”



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