Sean Connery dead: ‘We need a statue of him in Edinburgh’ - City reacts to death of Sir Sean Connery with hundreds of tributes flooding in
Tributes have been flooding in from Evening News readers today following the death of the city’s very own Sir Sean Connery at the age of 90.
Connery enjoyed a long and varied film career spanning 50 years and will undoubtedly be remembered as the first - and some say definitive - James Bond.
Roles in Highlander, The Untouchables and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade helped seal his position as one of Britain’s best-loved actors and never lost his much-imitated accent despite many years of living abroad.
Sir Sean was born in Edinburgh’s Fountainbridge on August 25, 1930, and took his first job as a milkman before later undertaking a variety of jobs including a stint as a bricklayer, a lifeguard and an artist’s model for the Edinburgh College of Art.
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Many Evening News readers paid tribute to Connery following the news of his death on Saturday.
One, Sheila Lawrie, said: “Oh this is just so sad he was the best James Bond. I met him in the 60s when he visited his brother Neil who lived in Corstorphine. I worked in boots and he came in, I got his autograph he was just so handsome RIP Sean”
Steven Oliver said: “Sir Sean was a true rags to riches story, from a time when fame was earned and not, unlike today, handed out on a plate. There's no doubt that he did good - very good, in fact. RIP.”
Kathleen Smith said: “Very very sad day for a great actor, our true Scottish legend loved by so many people. He was a great man on and off screen and never ever lost his Scottish heritage and where he came from. RIP Sir Sean thoughts and prayers are with all your family and friends at this very sad time.”
Pauline McDowell wrote: “Just when you think this year couldn't get any worse RIP Sir Sean, a true legend.”
James Melvin said: “His acting improved with age and he just got better ! A great Edinburgh citizen . RIP”
Reacting to the news on Twitter, @talkporty, asked Edinburgh City Council and its leader, Adam McVey, if they would rename the West Approach Road in Sean Connery’s honour.
The Twitter account said: “Added benefit: settles if it is West Approach, or Western Approach Rd.”
One Evening News reader on Facebook, Martin McKenzie, wrote: “We need a statue of Sean in Edinburgh. Evening News - can you start a campaign please to get this on the agenda.”
Others commented on his performances as James Bond.
Gina Watson said: “Great actor, was the best Bond out of them all.”
Keith Kahuna Ford said: “Great actor, greatest Bond, Rest In Peace.”
Rena Craig said: “Devastated, Shaun was a credit to Scotland and the best James Bond ever. He was a total Icon. RIP Shaun you will be sadly missed by so many.”
Susan Andrews said: “The one and only James Bond.”
Scott Morgan said: “Brilliant actor and son of Edinburgh.”
Scott Barrack said: “An absolute national treasure. He will be sorely missed by all.”