WTOP's Jason Fraley remembers Sean Connery (Part 1)
He defined the essence of cool for an entire generation as the suave spy 007.
Sir Sean Connery died overnight in the Bahamas, according to the BBC.
He was 90.
Born in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, Scotland on Aug. 25, 1930, he cut his teeth in British theater before making the leap to movies.
Connery became a household name as James Bond in “Dr. No” (1962), sporting high-tech gadgets, driving Aston Martins, sipping martinis, wooing women and speaking the iconic line, “Bond, James Bond.”
He returned as 007 in numerous sequels, including “From Russia With Love” (1963), “Goldfinger” (1964), “Thunderball” (1965) and “You Only Live Twice” (1967). After a break, he returned to the character in “Diamonds Are Forever” (1977) and the unofficial “Never Say Never Again” (1983).
Not only was he a box-office sensation, he was an accomplished performer for the biggest directors of all time, including Alfred Hitchcock in “Marnie” (1964), John Huston in “The Man Who Would Be King” (1977) and Sidney Lumet in “Murder on the Orient Express” (1974).
After a cult classic in the fantasy-action flick “Highlander” (1986), he won his long overdue Oscar in Brian De Palma’s gangster flick “The Untouchables” (1987), helping Kevin Costner take down Robert De Niro’s Al Capone.
When Steven Spielberg and George Lucas needed someone to play Harrison Ford’s father, they turned to Connery for the mega hit “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” (1989), joining Indy on an adventurous quest for the Holy Grail.
The turn of the millennium brought more beloved action flicks like “The Hunt for Red October” (1990), “The Rock” (1996) and “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” (2003).
”Saturday Night Live” memorably spoofed him on “Celebrity Jeopardy” as Darrell Hammond’s Connery ragged on Will Ferrell’s Alex Trebek.
Connery received the prestigious Kennedy Center Honor in 1999.
He was officially knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2000.
No matter how many imitations follow — Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan, Daniel Craig — there will always be only one real Bond.