SIR Sean Connery, best known for playing the role of James Bond, has died at the age of 90.
Tributes have already been made to the Scottish actor after his family announced the news.
He played the role of 007 for the first time in 1962’s Dr No, and went on appear as the spy in seven hit films in the popular movie franchise.
In a number of polls Sir Sean has been voted the best James Bond ever, ahead of Roger Moore and current James Bond actor Daniel Craig.
Sir Sean’s other notable appearances in film included The Hunt for Red October, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and The Rock.
His successful career saw him win an Oscar for his portrayal of an Irish cop in The Untouchables, as well as two Baftas and three Golden Globes.
He was knighted by the Queen at Holyrood Palace in 2000. In August, he celebrated his 90th birthday.
First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon has written in the past hour: “I was heartbroken to learn 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 & sheer hard work, became an international film icon and one of the world’s most accomplished actors.”