RIP Sean Connery

Acting legend Sir Sean Connery has died at the age of 90, his family has said. The Scottish actor was best known for his portrayal of James Bond, being the first to bring the role to the big screen and appearing in seven of the spy thrillers. He was best known as the first actor to portray the character James Bond in film, starring in seven Bond films (every film from Dr. No to You Only Live Twice, plus Diamonds Are Forever and Never Say Never Again) between 1962 and 1983.

Connery was in smaller theatre and television productions until he got his break with the Bond films. He became a major actor with the success of his Bond role. His films also included Marnie (1964), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), The Man Who Would Be King (1975), A Bridge Too Far (1977), Highlander (1986), The Name of the Rose (1986), The Untouchables (1988 ), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), The Hunt for Red October (1990), Dragonheart (1996), The Rock (1996), and Finding Forrester (2000). Connery retired from acting in 2006. His achievements include one Academy Award, two BAFTA Awards (one being a BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award), and three Golden Globes, including the Cecil B. DeMille Award and a Henrietta Award. He received a lifetime achievement award in the US with a Kennedy Center Honor in 1999. Connery was knighted in the 2000 New Year Honours for services to film drama.

Connery’s later films included several box office and critical disappointments such as¬†First Knight¬†(1995),¬†Just Cause¬†(1995),¬†The Avengers¬†(1998 ), and¬†The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen¬†(2003); he received positive reviews for his performance in¬†Finding Forrester¬†(2000).¬†Thomas Sean Connery, named Thomas after his grandfather, was born in¬†Fountainbridge,¬†Edinburgh, Scotland, on 25 August 1930. In 1946, at the age of 16, Connery joined the¬†Royal Navy, during which time he acquired two tattoos. Connery began¬†bodybuilding¬†at the age of 18, and from 1951 trained heavily with Ellington, a former gym instructor in the¬†British Army. While his official website claims he was third in the 1950¬†Mr. Universe¬†contest, most sources place him in the 1953 competition, either third in the Junior class or failing to place in the Tall Man classification. When Connery received the¬†American Film Institute’s¬†Lifetime Achievement Award¬†on 8 June 2006, he confirmed his retirement from acting. On 7 June 2007, he denied rumours that he would appear in the¬†fourth¬†Indiana Jones¬†film, stating that “retirement is just too much damned fun”.

He leaves his wife Micheline and sons Jason and Stephane.

Arsenal 3 Dundalk 0

Arsenal’s squad players impressed boss Mikel Arteta as they eventually broke Dundalk’s resistance to win their Europa League group game at Emirates Stadium. Eddie Nketiah pounced from close range to give the Gunners the lead and Joe Willock blasted a shot into the roof of the net 125 seconds later. Nicolas Pepe’s brilliant effort from the edge of the box seconds after the restart killed the game off. They cruised after that but could not add a fourth against the Irish side.

It was a stark contrast to Spurs boss¬†Jose Mourinho’s criticism of his fringe players¬†as Arsenal’s north London rivals lost 1-0 to Royal Antwerp. Arsenal – who had never faced a side from the Republic of Ireland before – have now won both their opening Europa League games, while Dundalk have lost both of theirs. Dundalk made a bit of history as the first team in the 10 years of the Europa League not to commit a single foul in a game. Arsenal handed a debut to Iceland goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson, a summer signing from Dijon, and he played behind a makeshift central defence. The Gunners have three centre-backs injured, including David Luiz, with another two not registered for the Europa League.

As a result Shkodran Mustafi, making his first start since July, began in a back three along with midfielder Granit Xhaka and Sead Kolasinac, who is usually a left-back but has played in the centre for Arsenal several times. But they all had a quiet day – Dundalk only had two touches in Arsenal’s box – and it was the hosts’ fringe forwards who took their chance. It took 33 minutes for the Gunners to have a shot on target, with Kolasinac’s header tipped over the bar by Gary Rogers. The breakthrough came seven minutes later. Rogers flapped at a corner which hit team-mate Daniel Cleary and Nketiah beat Brian Gartland to the loose ball to score from close range.

Two minutes later and the Gunners had control. A misplaced pass let Nketiah run forward. He found Pepe, who had an effort blocked, but Willock controlled the ball and blasted a shot into the roof of the net. It was only another couple of minutes of football later – albeit after the half-time break – when the best goal of the day came. Pepe got the ball on the edge of the box, rolled it away from a defender and smashed a perfect effort into the top corner. At that stage a rout looked likely but Dundalk held firm with Ainsley Maitland-Niles having the only effort on target after that.