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BAH | Nov 2, 2020

Sean Connery to be cremated in The Bahamas

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Actor Sean Connery and his wife Micheline arrive by gondola at the Venetian Resort Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 30, 2003 (File Photo: REUTERS/Ethan Miller/Las Vegas Sun)

 By Durrant Pate

The late Scottish actor Sir Sean Connery, who passed away on the weekend, will be cremated in The Bahamas where he and his wife have been living for decades.

The announcement was made today by his wife, as tributes continued to pour in from celebrities, friends and family. The actor, acclaimed for his portrayal of British super spy James Bond, a former Edinburgh milkman turned global icon, died on Saturday.

His wife of the past 45 years, Micheline, revealed that Connery wanted to be cremated in The Bahamas.

The Daily Record online media company reported Micheline as saying, “We (family) have not decided what to do. That is something we will talk about soon but he (Connery) will be cremated in The Bahamas, which is what he wanted.”

Sir Sean’s family in Scotland – brother Neil and Sean’s son Jason – will be speaking to other family members around the world in the coming days to decide how best to mark his remarkable life.

Actor Sean Connery arrives for the Edinburgh International Film Festival opening night showing of the animated movie ‘The Illusionist’ at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh, Scotland June 16, 2010. (File Photo: REUTERS/David Moir)

When contacted Neil Connery, 83, who lives in Corstorphine, Edinburgh, was too upset to speak but his wife, Elinor, said they would be talking to Micheline about holding a memorial in Scotland.

The store that first employed Connery in Edinburgh’s Fountainbridge also paid tribute to the celebrated actor yesterday. Connery worked in the dairy of the St Cuthbert’s Co-Operative Society, now Scotmid, delivering milk around his home city of Edinburgh.

In 1944, Thomas Sean Connery, at age 13, started work as a barrow worker in the St Cuthbert’s dairy. He left his role as a milk horseman in 1950 to pursue his acting career.

A number of former and current Bond actors showered praises on Sir Sean, whose role as Bond ignited the success of the longrunning movie franchise.

Timothy Dalton, who playe Bond in ‘The Living Daylights’ and ‘Licence To Kill’, described Sir Sean as “a wonderful presence” and “a great leading man.” Australian actor George Lazenby – Bond in 1969’s ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’ – described him as “a great actor, a great man and underappreciated artist”.

Said Lazenby: “Sean, for me, was always the man. I walked in his footsteps – I had to look and dress like Sean Connery – I went to his barbers and tailors. I had no fear when I went up for the role – he was the guy who inspired me to never hesitate.”

Current Bond, Daniel Craig, said: “Sir Sean Connery will be remembered as Bond and so much more. He defined an era and a style.”

Pierce Brosnan, who starred in a number of Bond movies praised Sir Sean on his Instagram page, saying: “Sir Sean Connery, you were my greatest James Bond as a boy, and as a man who became James Bond himself. You led the way for us all who followed in your iconic footsteps.”

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