Sean Connery, the First James Bond, Celebrates 90th Birthday

August 25, 2020

Sean Connery is celebrating a milestone birthday.

The original James Bond turns 90 today!

The actor, who was born in 1930 in Edinburgh Scotland, first starred as 007 in the 1962 film “Dr. No."

After five feature films, Connery decided to hang up the pristine black suit in 1967 during the filming of “You Only Live Twice.” George Lazenby took over the iconic character in the 1969 film "On Her Majesty's Secret Service."

However, Connery returned in 1971 for the seventh installment in the franchise titled “Diamonds Are Forever.”

He also reprised the M16 agent for 1983’s “Never Say Never Again.”

According to The Guardian, Connery snagged an overwhelming 56% of votes from audiences who deemed him the “best Bond” ever. Runners up included Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan. Daniel Craig currently stars as 007 and appears in the upcoming film "No Time to Die."

The official James Bond Twitter account wished Connery a happy birthday.

“Happy Birthday to our original 007, Sean Connery, who turns 90 today. With love from Michael, Barbara, everyone at EON and all your fans,” the account wrote alongside a montage of Connery’s best Bond moments.

Connery’s career extended far beyond his time with Bond.

His role in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1964 classic “Marnie” took his career to the next level. He also took home an Academy Award for “Best Supporting Actor” for his role as Jim Malone in the 1987 mob film “The Untouchables.”

He added another popular franchise to his resume after starring as Professor Henry Jones in “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" alongside Harrison Ford.

After a career spanning seven decades, Connery retired from acting in 2012 with his last role as the voice of “Sir Billi” in the animated film.

The Independent noted that actor considered leaving retirement to return as Jones in Steven Spielberg’s “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” but eventually decided against it.

“If anything could have pulled me out of retirement, it would have been an Indiana Jones film. But in the end, retirement is just too much fun,” he reportedly posted on his website.

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