Pierce Brosnan & Daniel Craig Pay Tribute To Sean Connery: "One Of The True Greats"
Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig have honoured their late James Bond predecessor, Sean Connery. The original "007" passed away on Oct. 31, and the sad news has been met with a wave of tributes. Brosnan called the late legend the "greatest James Bond," while Craig remembered him as "one of the true greats of cinema." Read on to see the full tributes.
From two James Bond icons to another. Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig have penned tributes to the late Sean Connery after the "007" legend died at age 90 on Saturday.
Messages of admiration and respect for the Scottish actor have poured in since the news broke. Here are Brosnan's and Craig's responses.
Sean Connery: Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig pay tribute
Brosnan, the sixth actor to play "Bond" (1995-2002), wrote a heartfelt message on his Instagram page on Saturday. "Sir Sean Connery," he began, "you were my greatest James Bond as a boy, and as a man who became James Bond himself.
"You cast a long shadow of cinematic splendor that will live on forever. You led the way for us all who followed in your iconic foot steps. Each man in his turn looked to you with reverence and admiration as we forged ahead with our own interpretations of the role.
"You were mighty in every way, as an actor and as a man, and will remain so till the end of time. Your were loved by the world, and will be missed. God bless, rest now, be at peace," Brosnan concluded, with a black-and-white headshot of the beloved star.
Craig, the seventh and current "007" (2006-2021), released a message through the official James Bond Twitter page. "It is with such sadness that I heard of the passing of one of the true greats of cinema," he wrote of Connery.
"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," Craig concluded, his thread featuring a shot of Connery in Casino Royale.
Statement from Daniel Craig— James Bond (@007) October 31, 2020
"It is with such sadness that I heard of the passing of one of the true greats of cinema. pic.twitter.com/McUcKuykR4
Sean Connery: 1930-2020
Connery passed away in his sleep on the night of Oct. 31, and, as was reported by the BBC, the actor's son, Jason, said his father "had been unwell for some time." He had portrayed "Bond" in films dating between 1962 and 1983, and was an Oscar and Golden Globe winner (for The Untouchables) and a BAFTA winner (for The Name of the Rose).
His final on-screen acting role was 2003's The League of Extraordinary Gentleman, though Connery had a few voice and narration parts in later years. May he rest in peace.