Sir Sean Connery, the actor famous for depicting James Bond, has died. The BBC says Sir Sean died overnight on Friday in his sleep while in the Bahamas.
Sean Connery, the strapping Scottish actor who, with his suave charisma, commanding presence and booming baritone, embodied the ultimate silver-screen incarnation of the British superspy, died overnight in his sleep while staying in the Bahamas, his family told the BBC on Saturday. A cause of death was not given.
Reps for the actor did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
The official James Bond Twitter account also confirmed the actor’s death on Saturday.
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. pic.twitter.com/VaFPHCM5Ou
— James Bond (@007) October 31, 2020
The Oscar winner starred in seven James Bond films beginning with 1962’s Dr. No and blazed through a celebrated three-decade streak as 007 that would culminate in 1983’s Never Say Never, setting the gold standard for others seeking to don 007’s sharp tuxedo.
In a career that spanned six decades — from his early days in TV to a full-blown run as Hollywood leading man — Connery would showcase his versatility as an actor, moving between prestige fare (TV adaptations of Anna Karenina and Macbeth), retellings of classics (Robin and Marian) and thrillers (Highlander, Rising Sun).
RIP to the OG Bond. James Bond.