Tributes paid to James Bond actor Sean Connery who has died aged 90

The actor Sir Sean Connery, best known for his iconic portrayal of James Bond, has died at the age of 90, his family has told the BBC.

The Edinburgh-born star was the first to bring the role of Ian Fleming's book series to the big screen and appeared in seven of the cinematic spy thrillers (every film from Dr. No to You Only Live Twice, plus Diamonds Are Forever and Never Say Never Again).

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Sir Sean's acting career spanned seven decades and also included films like The Hunt for Red October, Highlander, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and The Rock.

'The best Bond'

Many tributes have been paid to Sir Sean in the wake of the news.

First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon said she was "heartbroken" to learn of his passing, adding that "our nation today mourns one of her best loved sons".

Others, including football presenter Gary Lineker, described Sir Sean as "the best Bond".

His many awards included an Oscar, two Bafta awards and three Golden Globes.

He won his Oscar in 1988, when he was named best supporting actor for his role as an Irish cop in The Untouchables.

He was knighted by the Queen at Holyrood Palace in 2000.

In August, he celebrated his 90th birthday.