Best known for his portrayal of James Bond, multiple-award winning Sean Connery has died at age 90, his family has said on Saturday (Oct 31).

His son Jason said that his father had been “unwell for some time.”

He also mentioned that his father “had many of his family, who could be in the Bahamas, around him” when he died overnight. 

He said: “We are all working at understanding this huge event as it only happened so recently, even though my dad has 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.”

Sean Connery, as James Bond. (Photo: Getty Images)

Connery appearing in seven of the James Bond movie franchise, which included Dr No, Diamonds Are Forever, Your Only Live Twice, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball and Never Say Never Again. His acting career spanned about 50 years, during which he starred in other films such as The Man Who Would Be King and The Name of the Rose. He also won an Oscar in 1988 for his role in The Untouchables.

Sean Connery (Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon shared on Twitter: “Our nation today mourns one of her best loved sons.”

“Sean was born into a working class Edinburgh family and through talent & sheer hard work, became an international film icon and one of the world’s most accomplished actors.”

She added: “It was a privilege to have known Sean. When I last spoke to him it was clear even then that his health was failing – but the voice, the spirit and the passion that we all loved so well were still there. I will miss him. Scotland will miss him. The world will miss him.”

Actor Sam Neill, Connery’s co-star in The Hunt For Red October, remembered him on Twitter.

Other celebrities such as Hugh Jackman, Elizabeth Hurley, and author Stephen King also paid tribute.