They were shaken, and stirred.
Fellow actors, politicians and adoring fans from across the globe said goodbye to legendary actor Sean Connery on social media Saturday after learning the original James Bond died at age 90.
Twitter was filled with stories from fans, calling him the “best of the Bonds,” praising his screen presence, recounting random encounters with the ever-suave Connery and crediting him for the creation of the action hero wisecrack. Messages of mourning were posted by celebrities from rock superstar Elton John to actress Selma Hayek.
“Sean Connery was a legend” tweeted Arnold Schwarzenegger, another actor who got his start in bodybuilding. “One of the greatest actors of all time. He provided endless entertainment for all of us & inspiration for me. I’m not just saying that because he was a bodybuilder who placed in the Mr. Universe contest! He was an icon. My thoughts are with his family.”
Many stars pointed to his work as an inspiration, including the current James Bond, Daniel Craig.
“It is with such sadness that I heard of the passing of one of the true greats of cinema,” Craig said in a statement. “Sir Sean Connery will be remembered as Bond and so much more. He defined an era and a style. The wit and charm he portrayed on screen could be measured in megawatts; he helped create the modern blockbuster. He will continue to influence actors and film-makers alike for years to come.”
Actor Sam Neill, who appeared with Connery, in “The Hunt for Red October,” tweeted, “Every day on set with #SeanConnery was an object lesson in how to act on screen. But all that charisma and power- that was utterly unique to Sean . RIP that great man, that great actor.”
“This year keeps getting worse .. words can’t describe the talent and man that #SeanConnery was,” tweeted “Grey’s Anatomy” actor Kevin McKidd, a fellow Scot. “I met him once and he was gracious and beautiful. A true icon and immense Scottish man. Rest In Peace.”
“Monty Python” founder John Cleese tweeted, “Saddened by the news of the passing of Sir Sean Connery. A wonderful man who I had the pleasure of working with in Time Bandits. We crossed paths many times over the years. Such immense talent and a vibrant human. And the only one of us to find The Holy Grail.”
“Shaun of the Dead” writer/director Edgar Wright posted, “It says something for the extraordinary charisma of this Edinburgh lad to have created the most iconic character in film & then, rather than be typecast by it, become equally famous for just being Sean Connery. A real screen legend; oft imitated (by all!) but never equaled.”
“He taught me so much. Sean the legend, To me, and so many others,” Michael Bay, who said he was “just a kid” when he directed Connery in “The Rock,” posted on Instagram. “My very first line of direction I was actually afraid to ask…’Sean can you please say that less charming.’ He said, ‘sure boy,’ That’s what he called me the whole movie, ‘boy’. … Sean, you taught me more then you will ever know. To this day, you gruffly taking me under your wing Is still in everything I do. Rest In Peace my friend.”
“Clerks” and “Jay and Silent Bob” creator Kevin Smith remembered sharing Connery’s movies with his father. “He was my Dad’s James Bond, so Dad supported Mr. Connery’s career his entire life, always taking me to see any movie his fave actor was in,” Smith tweeted. “I have sweet memories of watching Dad watch his movie idol. So Sean Connery’s passing also feels like I’m losing Dad again. RIP, Dr. Jones.”
Spike Lee also remembered sharing Connery’s performances with a parent. In an emoji-filled post on Instagram, he said some of his earliest memories of his late mother involved going to Bond movies.
“Lost ANOTHER Great-SEAN CONNERY/The Original JAMES BOND-007. Some Of Earliest Memories Of My Late Mother (Jacqueline Shelton Lee) Taking Me To The Movies Was James Bond Joints. Several Times Moms Would Have To Cover My Eyes. I Also Asked “Mommy,Why Is That Lady Names Pussy Galore❓ 😳😳😳I Got A “Shhhhhhhh,Be Quiet And Watch The Movie”. HA HA😜😜😜😜. No Disrespect To The Other Actors Who Later Played 007,But To Me Sean Is My Guy,He Was Kicking Much Ass And Taking Names,All Da Fine Ladies, Kraft Gadgets,And Had JOKES TOO😜😜😜😜..”