SIR SEAN Connery, the recipient of The BrandLaureate Legendary Award 2015, best known for his portrayal of James Bond, has died at the age of 90. BBC reported that the actor died in his sleep while in the Bahamas after being unwell for some time.

Born Thomas Sean Connery in 1930, in Edinburgh, Scotland, the veteran actor was admired by generations of film fans as the original and best 007. Connery left school at 14 to work as a milkman for the Co-op. In 1948, he joined the Royal Navy, before joining Mr. Universe contest in 1953, which led him to work as an extra in stage productions.

In 1962, Connery was cast in the role of James Bond, Agent 007 of the British Secret Intelligence Service in the screen adaptation of Ian Flemingโ€™s spy thriller Dr. No. The immense success of the film and its immediate sequels, From Russia with Love (1963) and Goldfinger (1964), established the James Bond films as a worldwide phenomenon.

Connery who became an international celebrity went on to film another three Bond films, Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), and Diamonds Are Forever (1971), which he declared was his last movie as Bond.

Besides Bond, Connery also created a distinguished body of work in films such as The Man Who Would Be King, The Name of the Rose, The Untouchables, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade amongst others.

In 2000, Connery was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, and marked his 90th birthday only in August. May his soul R.I.P.