The Scottish actor, who appeared in seven films of the long-running franchise, died overnight in his sleep, his family confirmed in a statement shared with Fox News. È stato 90.
A cause of death is still unknown.
Craig, who has played the iconic role of the British secret spy since 2005, discussed the influence Connery had on Hollywood.
“It is with such sadness that I heard of the passing of one of the true greats of cinema. Sir Sean Connery sarà ricordato come Bond e molto altro ancora,” Craig captioned a black-and-white photo of Connery on Instagram.
“Ha definito un'epoca e uno stile. L'arguzia e il fascino che ha ritratto sullo schermo potrebbero essere misurati in mega watt; ha contribuito a creare il blockbuster moderno,” Craig ha continuato.
L'attore ha concluso: “Continuerà a influenzare attori e registi allo stesso modo negli anni a venire. I miei pensieri sono con la sua famiglia e i suoi cari. Ovunque sia, Spero ci sia un campo da golf.”
Craig’s comments come amid several Hollywood stars who spoke out early Saturday after news of Connery’s death broke.
Actor Sam Neill, one of Connery’s co-stars in the 1990 film, “The Hunt for Red October,” remembered him on Twitter.
“Every day on set with #SeanConnery was an object lesson in how to act on screen. But all that charisma and power- that was utterly unique to Sean,” Neill wrote. “RIP that great man, that great actor.”
Hugh Jackman called Connery a “leggenda,” and Salma Hayek said she was saddened to awake to the news Saturday.
Connery was an international star, having earned an riconoscimento accademico, multiple Golden Globes, including the Cecil B. DeMille and Henrietta Awards, as well as two British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) awards.
He was the first actor to tackle the role of James Bond on the silver screen, beginning with 1962’s “Dott. No.” His other notable films include “The Untouchables,” “The Rock” e “Murder on the Orient Express.”
Dopo “Dott. No,” Connery è apparso in altri sei film di Bond: “Dalla Russia con amore,” “Dito d'oro,” “Thunderball,” “Vivi solo due volte,” “I diamanti sono per sempre” e “Mai dire mai ancora.”
His death comes just weeks after it as confirmed that the long-anticipated release of the upcoming Bond film “No Time to Die,” starring Craig, has once again been delayed.
“No Time to Die” was originally supposed to open in April 2020 ma was pushed back to Nov. 12 in the U.K. and Nov. 20 negli Stati Uniti.
The new release window is now said to be 2021 due to the increasing toll the pandemia di coronavirus has had on the theatrical business.
It was one of the first Hollywood films to abandon its release before cinemas in the U.S. shut down in mid-March because of the virus.