Legendary James Bond actor and bluenose Rangers fan Sir Sean Connery has passed away at 90-years-old.
The iconic actor is one of Scotland’s greatest ever exports and a close friend of former Rangers owner Sir David Murray.
Despite growing up a Celtic fan due to his father, Connery switched allegiances to the Ibrox club when he became close to Murray in the second half of the 21st century.
The legendary actor played ionic roles in a number of famous movies in a career which spanned seven decades.
Most famous for playing James Bond in seven legendary incarnations of the famous British spy, Sir Sean also starred in The Hunt for Red October, Highlander, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and The Rock.
The famous actor, originally from Edinburgh, also won an Oscar for best supporting role in The Untouchables in 1988.
Sir Sean revealed as he launched his autobiography why he ditched Celtic for Rangers and details the abuse he received from Celtic Park for doing so.
“Football was a great passion of mine while I was growing up,” said Connery [Daily Record].
“My father introduced me to Celtic and we played football in what we called the back green which was, in fact, made of concrete.
“I have maintained my love of football. I went away from it when I was really busy on films and then I really got back into it when I was involved in Celtic and I remember helping with the Jock Stein benefit game.
“I changed my allegiance with David Murray.
“I met him when I got the freedom of the city here and immediately we had chemistry.
“We enjoyed each other’s company – he’s an amazing chap and we’ve stayed very, very good friends since.
“And I get spat on if I go to Parkhead.”
The legendary Bond actor also famously met with prospective Ibrox signing Brahim Hemdani in Cannes Airport to help sell him on a move to Scotland [BBC Scotland].
Rangers fans paid tribute to the legendary actor who certainly appeared to grow wiser with age as he migrated to the blue side of Glasgow.
Paul Gascoigne and Sean Connery at Ibrox 👊🏻
“That hands been on so many pairs of boobs” 😅😂 pic.twitter.com/SIA7AtbHzA
— Rangers Clips🎥 (@RangersClips) October 31, 2020
When I was 11, I did some artwork that was used in the Usher Hall for Sean Connery’s Freedom of the City award.
He visited my primary school – his school as a boy.
I wore my Rangers top.
He saw it and said “good man”
For that alone, you have to admit, he’s a legend.
— 🇮🇹🏴🇭🇷EHDMJU🇭🇷🏴🇮🇹 (@EHDMJU) October 31, 2020
Sean Connery has passed away
2020 is officially the worst year ever
— 𝚁𝚊𝚗𝚐𝚎𝚛55𝚙𝚊𝚛𝚎𝚜 (@Ranger55pares) October 31, 2020
Marius Zalukas and Sean Connery – two Rangers men in one day? 2020 is brutal.
— RANGERS RADIO (@RangersRadioRFC) October 31, 2020
RIP the real James Bond 😰https://t.co/z24rIe0y8P
— Marxist Rangers (@MarxistRangers) October 31, 2020
I also mind the story that Dado Prso climbed aboard Sir David Murray’s plane and Sir Sean Connery was there. Prso was later asked why he signed for Rangers and he said ‘You don’t turn down James Bond’.
— Scott Johnston (@Thefootyblognet) October 31, 2020
Fun fact, Sean Connery was sent by Rangers to Marseille to try and use his star power to convince Brahim Hemdani to join the club. Crazy. Worked though, and we gained a solid big game player (particularly in Europe). 🏴🔴⚪️🔵
— Chinne55 🏴 (@Chinnes_7) October 31, 2020
Gutted to here about Sean Connery a true legend who will be sadly missed 😢
— 🇬🇧 Mark 🇬🇧 (@rangers72_mark) October 31, 2020
Rip Sean connery a Rangers man to death… 😔♥️⚪🔵 pic.twitter.com/GtW5vAaO3T
— EDROCKLFC19🏆LFC54🏆🇬🇧 (@Edrock1973) October 31, 2020
Sir Sean Connery was a phenomenal actor that oozed a quintessential charisma that most of us Scots spend our entire lives trying to emulate.
Rangers’ most world renowned supporter. We salute you, Sir. pic.twitter.com/5qjlwaLpOi
— Jamie Anderson 😷 (@aultered) October 31, 2020
I met Mr Connery, at Hampden, watching The Famous Glasgow Rangers play Aberdeen.
An absolute hoot at half time, to be standing next to James Bond, whilst scoffing a pie and a pint!
RIP Sir Sean Connery pic.twitter.com/6jF425NWy7
— ample viewpoint (@truthorbare) October 31, 2020
Met Sean Connery at Ibrox when rangers had a pre season tournament with Steaua and Sampdoria.
I say met but I was too nervous to actually ask for his autograph so my dad had to.
Absolute legend. Resht in peash pic.twitter.com/YhuWmqTjmA
— splouʎǝᴚ ʇɹɐʍǝʇS (@StuWrites1) October 31, 2020
Sad to see the death of Sean Connery, the best Bond and coolest Rangers supporter 🏴
— ian mac (@ianmac31630530) October 31, 2020