The actor is best known for his portrayal of the suave spy James Bond in movies such as Dr No, From Russia With Love and Goldfinger. He acted in seven Bond titles, the last of which was 1983's Never Say Never Again.
In an interview in 1983, Connery summed up the ideal Bond film as having "marvellous locations, interesting ambiance, good stories, interesting characters – like a detective story with espionage and exotic settings and nice birds."
After he left the franchise, Connery – who was afraid of being typecast – made a name for himself in movies such as Indiana Jones, The Hunt For Red October and The Rock.
He won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 1988 for his role in The Untouchables.
Born in Edinburgh in 1930, Connery dropped out of school at 13 and worked various jobs including a coffin polisher, milkman and lifeguard before moving into showbiz.
"I grew up with no notion of a career, much less acting. I certainly never have plotted it out. It was all happenstance, really," he said in an earlier interview.
In 1989, at the age of 59, he was named People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive.
Connery is survived by his second wife, Micheline Roquebrune, whom he married in 1975; his son by first wife Diane Cilento, actor Jason Connery; and a grandson from Jason's marriage to actress Mia Sara.
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