He would introduce himself in the movies with the signature line, "Bond - James Bond".
Of course, Connery is one of the most iconic actors of all time, being the first and - in the minds of many - the best James Bond of all time. He was seen internationally as Irishman Michael McBride in Disney's Darby O'Gill and the Little People, but then achieved worldwide fame after first playing the spy known as James Bond in 1962's Dr. No.
But Connery's career-defining break came when he was cast in 1962's Dr. No as James Bond, becoming the first actor to bring agent 007 to the big screen. The actor received his first Oscar award in 1988, as the best supporting actor for his role as an Irish cop in "The Untouchables".
In the 1990s, Sean Connery produced numerous films he starred in, appearing in The Hunt For Red October (1990) as a Russian submarine commander, Rising Sun (1993) alongside Wesley Snipes, action film The Rock (1996) and Entrapment (1999) with Catherine Zeta-Jones.
But it is his smooth, Scottish-accented portrayal of the suave spy 007 that he will be best remembered for.
While Connery is the actor who helped make James Bond a silver screen favorite, the role also marked only the beginning of a long and illustrious career.
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Thomas Sean Connery was born August 25, 1930, in Edinburgh, Scotland, the first of two sons of a long-distance truck driver and a domestic worker.
Connery mostly retired from acting after playing Allan Quatermain in the cinematic adaptation of Alan Moore's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen in 2003.
He said it the actor inspired him but "seemed to have encapsulated an age, the Sixties". At 16, two years after World War II ended, Connery was drafted into the Royal Navy, and served three years.
When he was knighted at the age of 69 by Britain's Queen Elizabeth in 2000 at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, he wore full Scottish dress including the green-and-black plaid kilt of his mother's MacLeod clan. No, and he continued to play the secret agent in 1963's From Russia with Love, 1964's Goldfinger, 1965's Thunderball, and 1967's You Only Live Twice. Which was largely our loss, because besides being an icon, Sean Connery was one hell of an actor. "When I last spoke to him it was clear even then that his health was failing - but the voice, the spirit and the passion that we all loved so well were still there", Sturgeon, of Scotland, wrote Saturday.
I wonder if it was half as much fun as seeing him go on adventure after adventure for fifty years. "The world will miss him".