Connery was there on set, and Brosnan remembered being in awe of "the big man" who complimented his work and also asked him, "are they paying you enough money? | He defined an era and a style," Craig continued. The actor died overnight in his sleep on Friday at the age of 90. Last November, Craig confirmed that the latest Bond movie, No Time To Die, would mark his final time portraying James Bond. He is undoubtedly largely responsible for the success of the film series and we shall be forever grateful to him,” the producers said. "He is undoubtedly largely responsible for the success of the film series and we shall be forever grateful to him. This content is imported from YouTube. ", The 2020 Movies That Are Streaming Online Early, A Day Inside a Mansion Full of TikTok Influencers, Todd Snyder Made the Turtleneck of the Year, Sean Connery, Beloved James Bond Star, Dies at 90, Get 87 Years of Award-Winning Journalism, Every Day. "It is with such sadness that I heard of the passing of one of the true greats of cinema," Craig, 52, said in a statement. ", Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said in a statement on Friday that Connery “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 official James Bond Twitter account also confirmed Connery's death on Saturday and shared a message from producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. By Matt Miller RELATED: Daniel Craig Says Playing Bond Over 14 Years Has Been 'Incredibly Emotional': 'It's Massive', “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' — he revolutionised the world with his gritty and witty portrayal of the sexy and charismatic secret agent," the statement continued. Sean Connery will always be James Bond. "My thoughts are with his family and loved ones. He defined an era and a style," he said. "Sir Sean Connery will be remembered as Bond and so much more. When they first met during casting, Fleming famously said he didn't want a “working-class Scot” playing the character on screen. Nothing says a family vacation like an RV, Princess Diana died when Harry was just 12 years old, It's looked — and felt — like a whole different world as we've been social distancing and attempting to keep each other safe, See All the Celebs Taking RV Trips This Summer, The Sweetest Photos of Princes Harry with Diana, From Empty Streets to Virtual Weddings: What Life Has Looked Like During the Coronavirus Pandemic. The wit and charm he portrayed on screen could be measured in mega watts; he helped create the modern blockbuster. Yes, his character was suave and sophisticated, dangerous and sexy, but I also knew the actor was a scotsman, and the message that sends to a young Celtic kid is immeasurable. "The wit and charm he portrayed on screen could be measured in mega watts; he helped create the modern blockbuster. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site. "The wit and charm he portrayed on screen could be measured in megawatts; he helped create the modern blockbuster. File Photo by Monika Graff/UPI |, Paul Reiser pleased 'There's ... Johnny' finally to 'see the light of day', Google celebrates Halloween with new video game in latest Doodle, Eddie Hassell, 'Surface' and 'The Kids Are All Right' star dead at 30, Taylor Swift's 'Folklore' tops the U.S. album chart, Dave Chappelle to host first 'SNL' after presidential election. Coyote Ugly Turns 20: Where Is the Cast Now? Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Daniel Craig, the actor who currently plays James Bond in the 007 film franchise, is paying tribute to his predecessor Sean Connery, who died on Saturday at age 90. “It is with such sadness that I heard of the passing of one of the true greats of cinema," Craig said in a statement on Saturday. Copyright © 2020 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. He took over the role from Pierce Brosnan for 2006’s Casino Royale, and went on to reprise the character in 2008’s Quantum of Solace, 2012’s Skyfall, and 2015's Spectre. Wherever he is, I hope there is a golf course.". If you would like to opt out of browser push notifications, please refer to the following instructions specific to your device and browser: Daniel Craig Remembers James Bond Icon Sean Connery as 'One of the True Greats of Cinema'. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI |, Sean Connery attends the U.S. Open Championship at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in 2013 in New York City. Roy Rochlin/Getty Images; Martina Salvi/Shutterstock. "His wife Micheline and his two sons, Jason and Stephane have confirmed that he died peacefully in his sleep surrounded by family," a rep for the actor told PEOPLE. Connery has long been idolized by the long line of Bond actors who followed him. Esquire participates in various affiliate marketing programs, which means we may get paid commissions on editorially chosen products purchased through our links to retailer sites.