James Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli have said the hit film wouldn’t have become a franchise if it wasn’t for Sir Sean Connery.
The Scottish actor passed away at the age of 90 and was best known for his portrayal of 007, being the first to bring the role to the big screen.
And it seems as though the producers are convinced that if it wasn’t for Connery’s “gritty and witty portrayal of the sexy and charismatic secret agent”, we may not have been graced with the Bond franchise at all.
The producers released a statement following Connery’s passing as they revealed they were “devastated” after hearing the news.
The statement read: “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.
“He is undoubtedly largely responsible for the success of the film series and we shall be forever grateful to him.”
The actor enjoyed a long and distinguished career but is best known for being the original James Bond, and to many fans the best ever.
He brought Ian Fleming’s secret agent to the big screen in 1962’s Dr No and went on to star in seven hit films in total.
With Bond propelling him to international stardom, Sir Sean enjoyed more than 40 years in the industry during which time he won an Oscar, two Baftas and three Golden Globes.
The proud Scotsman was knighted in 2000 for his services to film drama.
It comes as Daniel Craig said Sir Sean had “wit and charm in mega watts” as he pays tribute to the late star.
Current bond actor Craig, 52, lead the tributes for Sir Sean on Saturday afternoon.
In a statement, the Casino Royale star said: “It is with such sadness that I heard of the passing of one of the true greats of cinema.”
He added: “Sir Sean Connery will be remembered as Bond and so much more.
“He defined an era and a style. The wit and charm he portrayed on screen could be measured in mega watts; he helped create the modern blockbuster.”
“He will continue to influence actors and film-makers alike for years to come. My thoughts are with his family and loved ones. Wherever he is, I hope there is a golf course.”