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Sean Connery Tributes Flood In: “A Trailblazer And A True Legend”

Tom Grater and Bruce Haring
·7-min read

Tributes are pouring in today for Sean Connery, the Bond actor who has died at the age of 90. You can read our obituary here. Below is a rundown of some of the early testimonials, this list is being updated.

Current Bond Daniel Craig said in a statement sent to Deadline:

“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.”

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon:

The official James Bond twitter account:

Pierce Brosnan:

Fellow Bond actor Roger Moore’s official account, run by his family:

Robert De Niro:

“I’m very sorry to hear about Sean’s passing. He seemed much younger than 90; I expected – and hoped– he’d be with us much longer. See you up there, Sean.”

Hugh Jackman:

Sam Neill:

Fellow Scot Robert Carlyle:

Paul Feig:

Elizabeth Hurley:

Gina Carano:

Nicolas Cage:

“I admired Sean so much. 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.”

Kevin Smith:

Stephen King:

Tom Rothman, Sony Pictures Chairman:

“Like others of my generation, I didn’t admire Sean Connery, i worshiped 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.”

Tippi Hedren, who shared an on-screen kiss with Connery in “Marnie”:

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. 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.”

George Lucas:

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.

Elton John:

Michael Bay:

Salma Hayek:

Alec Baldwin:

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