Sean Connery Died in His Sleep on Saturday & 007 Tributes by Other J. Bonds

Original James Bond actorSEAN CONNERYdied in his sleep on Saturday, at the age of 90. There's no cause of death, but his wife said he'd been suffering from dementia, and his son said that he'd been "unwell for some time." "It was no life for him. He was not able to express himself [recently]." He will be honored in a private funeral ceremony, with a memorial to follow.

Connery is most famous for being the first to play James Bond on the big screen. That was"Dr. No"back in 1962. He also starred in the Bond movies"From Russia with Love","Goldfinger","Thunderball","You Only Live Twice", and"Diamonds Are Forever".

He later played Bond in the 1983 movie"Never Say Never Again". It was based on the novel"Thunderball", but was NOT produced by Eon Productions, which has done all 25 movies in the main Bond movie series.

Interesting Fact: Connery's wife suggested the title"Never Say Never Again", because after making"Diamonds Are Forever", Sean vowed to never make another Bond movie. But, 12 years later, he agreed to do this one.

Tributes include:

Daniel Craig: "One of the true greats of cinema . . . 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 . . . wherever he is, I hope there's a golf course."

Pierce Brosnan: "Sir Sean Connery, you were my greatest James Bond, [both] as a boy, and as a man who became James Bond himself. You cast a long shadow of cinematic splendor that will live on forever. You led the way for us all."

Timothy Dalton: "Sean was a wonderful presence. A great leading man."

George Lazenby: "Only a few weeks ago I was wishing Sean all the best for his 90th birthday . . . [His] Bond inspired me personally [and] encapsulated an age, the Sixties . . .

But, to me, the most important thing was his work went far beyond Bond: Into charity, into family, into politics, and into golf. A man after my own heart. A great actor, a great man, and underappreciated artist has left us."

Naturally, a TON of other celebrities are paying tribute . . . but one highlight isDARRELL HAMMOND, who played Connery on"Saturday Night Live".

He said, quote, "Sorry to hear of the passing of Sean Connery, my condolences to his family. I always loved doing my silly impressions of him, R.I.P." (His post also linked to thisvideo.)

He alsore-Tweetedsomeone asking for him to return to"SNL"to do a NEW Connery sketch . . . but it's unclear if that would actually happen.

And Hammond alsosaid, quote, "It makes no sense that Sean Connery hatesAlex Trebek. . . It doesn't make any sense. And yet it's easily the most popular thing I've ever done.” Unfortunately, Connery himself never did"SNL".