JAMES Bond actor Sir Sean Connery has died aged 90 surrounded by his family at his Bahamas home.
The Scottish star passed away in his sleep after being unwell "for some time", the BBC reports.Sir Sean Connery has passed away at the age of 90Credit: Alamy The Scottish actor was best known for his portrayal of 007Credit: PA:Press Association Sir Sean is seen alongside wife Micheline Roquebrune at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2010Credit: Rex Features
Sir Sean, who played Bond between 1962-71, won a string of acting awards included an Oscar, two Bafta awards and three Golden Globes.
He was also knighted by the Queen in Holyrood Palace in 2000.
Sir Sean's son Jason Connery told the BBC that his father "had many of his family who could be in the Bahamas around him" when he passed away overnight.
He said: "We are all working at understanding this huge event as it only happened so recently, even though my dad has been unwell for some time.
"A sad day for all who knew and loved my dad and a sad loss for all people around the world who enjoyed the wonderful gift he had as an actor."Sir Sean Connery poses for pictures after ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange in May 2012Credit: Getty - Contributor
Sir Sean's other films included The Hunt for Red October and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
His final film was The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen in 2003.
The Scottish actor landed his first role as 007 in 1962's 'Dr. No', which propelled him to international stardom.
His subsequent Bond films - including 'From Russia With Love' and 'Goldfinger' - are still regarded as some of the finest in the series.
A Radio Times poll of over 14,000 fans found that 56 per cent of people believed Connery was the best Bond actor of all time.Princess Diana shaking hands with Sean Connery at a receptionCredit: Mirrorpix
Tributes have since flooded in to remember the acting legend.
The British Film Institute said: "We’re deeply saddened to hear of the passing of iconic actor Sir Sean Connery, aged 90."
James Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said: “We are devastated by the news of the passing of Sir Sean Connery.
"He was and shall always be remembered as the original James Bond whose indelible entrance into cinema history began when he announced those unforgettable words — 'The name’s Bond... James Bond.'"The Scottish actor landed his first role as 007 in 1962's 'Dr. No', which propelled him to international stardomCredit: Rex Features
BAFTA also paid tribute to the heroic actor.
They said: "We are very sorry to hear of the death of British acting legend Sir Sean Connery.
"He was a BAFTA Fellow, a BAFTA Special Award recipient and won a Leading Actor BAFTA in 1988 for The Name Of The Rose."
Piers Morgan wrote: "RIP Sir Sean Connery, 90. The first James Bond. The best James Bond. What sad news."
Odeon cinema said: "We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Sean Connery, the legendary actor who defined James Bond for many. RIP."This is believed to be the last picture of Connery taken in August Credit: Coleman-Rayner
The acting legend's tragic death comes just months after his 90th birthday in August.
Sir Sean was pictured earlier this year relaxing on the sun-kissed island of New Province.
The last time the star was spotted away from the Bahamas was in New York in 2017 when he seen needing a walking stick.
In the past three years, Connery became a virtual recluse and rarely left his gated community on the island, where he lived with his second wife Micheline Roquebrune.
In September 2019, Sean revealed he was “lucky” to survive after his Bahamas mansion escaped the worst of Hurricane Dorian.Connery is seen with wife Diane Cilento meeting Queen Elizabeth at the premiere for 'You Only Live Twice' in 1967Credit: Times Newspapers Ltd
Leading tributes in his beloved Scotland, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: "I was heartbroken to learn this morning of the passing of Sir Sean Connery.
"Our nation today mourns one of her best loved sons.
“Sean was born into a working class Edinburgh family and through talent and sheer hard work, became a film icon and one of the world's most accomplished actors.
“He will be remembered best as James Bond - for many, the classic 007 - but his roles were many and varied."Sir Sean Connery receives his knighthood from the Queen at the Palace of HolyroodhouseCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
Born in 1930, Sean was the son of Joe, a truck driver, and Euphamia, a laundress.
Living on the top floor of a tenement in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, his family had no hot water, no bathroom and shared a bathroom with a dozen families.
He started out working in the Navy and went on to have a range of jobs and spent time as a lorry driver and babysitter.
Sean - worth an estimated £266million - donated a significant cut of his earnings to the Scottish International Education Trust to help students from poor backgrounds like his own.Sir Sean is seen as James Bond in 'You Only Live Twice'Credit: Alamy