Legendary actor Sean Connery has died at the age of 90.

Connery captured hearts around the world as the first Bond, James Bond, and would go on to star in numerous films throughout his distinguished career.

Connery was raised in near poverty in the slums of Edinburgh and worked as a coffin polisher, milkman and lifeguard before his bodybuilding hobby helped launch an acting career that made him one of the world’s biggest stars.

“Sean was a global legend but, first and foremost, he was a patriotic and proud Scot,” said Scottish First Minster Nicola Sturgeon.

Connery will be remembered first as British agent 007, the character created by novelist Ian Fleming and immortalized by Connery in films starting with Dr. No in 1962.

As Bond, his debonair manner and wry humour in foiling flamboyant villains and cavorting with beautiful women belied a darker, violent edge, and he crafted a depth of character that set the standard for those who followed him in the role.

He would introduce himself in the movies with the signature line, “Bond – James Bond.” But Connery was unhappy being defined by the role and once said he “hated that damned James Bond.”