2020 pulled a total 2020 when news broke today that legendary badass Sean Connery passed away. Too much was made of Connery as James Bond, and while he was terrific, let’s not forget that Connery starred in some of the movies most loved by dads everywhere, like “The Untouchables”, “The Rock”, and “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.”
As the news broke, tributes poured in for the legend. One of the first was a nod from the current James Bond, Daniel Craig, to the OG Bond:
“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.”
Statement from Daniel Craig
“It is with such sadness that I heard of the passing of one of the true greats of cinema. pic.twitter.com/McUcKuykR4
— James Bond (@007) October 31, 2020
There’s no questioning his acting chops. Although according to one awesome Connery story floating around today, that’s just what director Michael Bay did. At one point, he tried to give Connery acting advice on the set of The Rock. Connery turned to Bay and said “why don’t you go blow up a bridge?” which is the most perfect Bay burn.
RIP Sean Connery. A character actor friend (who shall go unnamed) worked on “The Rock.” At one point Michael Bay tried to direct his acting. Sean casually turned to him & said, “Why don’t you go blow up a bridge?”
— Werebraunger (@Braunger) October 31, 2020
Sam Neill worked with Connery on “The Hunt for Red October”, another movie in the dad pantheon, and said every day with him was a lesson on how to act and that Connery was ‘a great man.’
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 . RIP that great man , that great actor . https://t.co/W8MQrFYlJ0
— Sam Neill (@TwoPaddocks) October 31, 2020
Hugh Jackman said he grew up idolizing Connery.
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) October 31, 2020
And countless others paid tribute to the man who was a true legend.
He was my Dad’s James Bond, so Dad supported Mr. Connery’s career his entire life, always taking me to see any movie his fave actor was in. I have sweet memories of watching Dad watch his movie idol. So Sean Connery’s passing also feels like I’m losing Dad again. RIP, Dr. Jones. pic.twitter.com/8ElVyac1kV
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) October 31, 2020
Sean Connery was a legend, one of the greatest actors of all time. He provided endless entertainment for all of us & inspiration for me. I’m not just saying that because he was a bodybuilder who placed in the Mr. Universe contest! He was an icon. My thoughts are with his family.
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) October 31, 2020
It says something for the extraordinary charisma of this Edinburgh lad to have created the most iconic character in film & then, rather than be typecast by it, become equally famous for just being Sean Connery. A real screen legend; oft imitated (by all!) but never equalled. 1/4 pic.twitter.com/TOdAI0Fxnv
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) October 31, 2020
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Damn,We Just Lost ANOTHER Great-SEAN CONNERY/The Original JAMES BOND-007. Some Of Earliest Memories Of My Late Mother (Jacqueline Shelton Lee) Taking Me To The Movies Was James Bond Joints. Several Times Moms Would Have To Cover My Eyes. I Also Asked “Mommy,Why Is That Lady Names Pussy Galore❓ 😳😳😳I Got A “Shhhhhhhh,Be Quiet And Watch The Movie”. HA HA😜😜😜😜. No Disrespect To The Other Actors Who Later Played 007,But To Me Sean Is My Guy,He Was Kicking Much Ass And Taking Names,All Da Fine Ladies, Kraft Gadgets,And Had JOKES TOO😜😜😜😜. Rest In Peace. 🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜
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He taught me so much. Sean the legend. To me, and so many others. My very first line of direction I was actually afraid to ask…“Sean can you please say that less charming”. He said, “sure boy”. That’s what he called me the whole movie, ‘boy’. I was just a kid, directing him in ‘The Rock’. Sean, you taught me more then you will ever know. To this day, you gruffly taking me under your wing Is still in everything I do. Rest In Peace my friend. @seanconnery_official @seanconnerydaily