Eight of Sir Sean Connery's best film performances – from 'Goldfinger' to 'The Untouchables'

Beloved Scottish 'James Bond' actor died on Saturday, aged 90

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He may have been best known as the original James Bond, but Scottish actor Sir Sean Connery had a long and decorated career. He stepped into Bond's tuxedo seven times, but starred in more than 67 films throughout his career which spanned 58 years.

With an Oscar, three Golden Globes and two Baftas in his awards cabinet, as well as a number of honours, including France's Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters and a knighthood from Britain's Queen Elizabeth II in 2000, Connery was one of the most celebrated actors in British history.

His death was announced by his son, Jason, who said his father died peacefully in his sleep in the Bahamas on October 31, having been “unwell for some time”.

“A sad day for all who knew and loved my dad and a sad loss for all people around the world who enjoyed the wonderful gift he had as an actor,” he told the BBC.

Since news of his death broke, many Hollywood stars have paid tribute to the late actor, including fellow James Bond stars Daniel Craig and Pierce Brosnan, and screen heroes Michael Caine and Nicolas Cage.

Here, we look at eight of the best Sean Connery films, to celebrate his life on-screen.

'The Untouchables' (1987) 

The Untouchables cast list reads like a who's who of male Hollywood greats, with Kevin Costner, Andy Garcia, Robert De Niro and, of course, Connery all on the bill. Harking back to America's Prohibition era, federal agent Eliot Ness (Costner) sets his sights on stopping Chicago gangster Al Capone (De Niro), with a small handpicked team that includes Jimmy Malone (Connery). In 1987, Connery won a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his role in the film.

'Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade' (1989)

Starring opposite Harrison Ford as Professor Henry Jones, the famed adventurer's father, the third film in the Indiana Jones franchise is a lighter take on the action movie. Set in 1938, after Professor Jones goes missing on the hunt for the Holy Grail, it is an classic of the genre.

'The Man Who Would Be King' (1975)

Based on a short story by Rudyard Kipling, Connery and Michael Caine play Danny Dravot and Peachy Carnehan, two former British soldiers who travel to the isolated land of Kafiristan. The pair are revered as rulers of the land, but they can't keep the deception up forever.

'The Rock' (1996)

Along with former British spy John Patrick Mason (Connery), meek FBI chemical warfare expert Stanley Goodspeed (Cage) is sent on an urgent mission to stop a nerve gas attack on San Francisco from Alcatraz Island.

'The Hunt for Red October' (1990)

Based on a Tom Clancy novel, this high-suspense film tracks Soviet submarine captain Marko Ramius (Connery) as he turns on his orders and makes his way to the east coast of the US in his virtually invisible submarine, Red October. However, when an American sub briefly detects Ramius's presence, CIA agent Jack Ryan (Alec Baldwin) sets out to determine his motives.

'The Name of the Rose' (1986)

In the 14th century, renowned Franciscan monk William of Baskerville (Connery) and his apprentice, Adso of Melk (Christian Slater), travel to an abbey investigate a suspicious death. During the course of the investigation, several more monks wind up dead and they are forced to turn to Bernardo Gui (F Murray Abraham), William's nemesis, to get to the truth.

'Finding Forrester' (2000)

There is something of the Good Will Hunting about Finding Forrester, which tells the story of eccentric, reclusive novelist Forrester (Connery) and Jamal, a gifted athletic scholar, and their unlikely friendship. When the novelist discovers that the young athlete is also an excellent writer, he takes him on as his protege.

'Goldfinger' (1964)

We can't round up a list of Connery films without the mention of at least one James Bond. The third 007 film made, after Dr No (1962) and From Russia with Love (1963), many film critics consider this to be the film where the agent really found his stride. Packed with fast cars and gadgets, it is also the movie where that famous saying was first uttered: "A martini. Shaken, not stirred." In Goldfinger, Bond comes face to face with one of the most notorious villains of all time, who has his sights set on obliterating the world's economy.