1: When Sean Connery died on October 31, 2020, he passed away a legendary actor with countless box office smashes and a handful of awards under his belt. Though he’d been a star for close to half a century, the late 90-year-old worked hard to attain his stature. Failure and ridicule marked Connery’s early career, his background and Scottish accent among several hindrances. After nearly a decade of playing small roles and striving to improve, Connery was offered a part in the first James Bond movie, Dr. No. The success of the Bond films catapulted his career, and Connery soon left his mark in many films outside the 007 universe.