The latest in a litany of famous artist and actor 2020 deaths, Sean Connery passed away today, October 31st. He was 90 years old.
According to his publicist Nancy Seltzer, the actor “died peacefully in his sleep.” “His wife Micheline and his two sons, Jason and Stephane have confirmed that he died peacefully in his sleep surrounded by family. There will be a private ceremony followed by a memorial yet to be planned once the virus has ended,” the statement read.
Knighted in 2000 for his contribution to the arts, Connery played the iconic British spy, James Bond, in seven movies, beginning with Dr. No in 1962 thru ‘?’ in 19?. As each film delivered a new story slant to the franchise, it would also feature a new theme song performed by that years more popular singer including “Thunderball” by Tom Jones, “The Man With The Golden Gun” by Lulu, “Nobody Does It Better” by Carly Simon, “We Have All The Time In The World” by Louis Armstrong, “All Time High” by Rita Coolidge, “Live And Let Die” by Paul McCartney & Wings, “Goldfinger”, “Diamonds Are Forever” and “Moonraker” by Dame Shirley Bassey, “You Only Live Twice” by Nancy Sinatra, “License To Kill” by Gladys Knight, “A View To A Kill” by Duran Duran, “Die Another Day” by Madonna, “Another Way To Die” by Jack White & Alicia Keys, “GoldenEye” by Tina Turner, “The World Is Not Enough” by Garbage, “Tomorrow Never Dies” by Sheryl Crow, “The Living Daylights” by A-Ha, Adele with “Skyfall”, Sam Smith with “Writing’s On The Wall”) and Billie Eilish with ‘Writing On The Wall” due out next year.
As the Scotland native (who also starred in such movie classics as “Raiders Of The Lost Ark”, “The Hunt For Red October” and “The Untouchables”) set the gold standard for a wildly popular James Bond brand, he inadvertently opened the door and set the stage for a number of classic and enduring songs, some of which can be heard below.
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