Legendary actor and former Bond man, Sean Connery passed away in his sleep surrounded by close friends and family at his home in the Bahamas at the age of 90.

Jason Connery said his father “had many of his family, who could be in the Bahamas, around him” when he died overnight in Nassau. Much of the Bond film Thunderball had been filmed there.

He said: “We are all working at understanding this huge event as it only happened so recently, even though my dad has been unwell for some time.

“A sad day for all who knew and loved my dad and a sad loss for all people around the world who enjoyed the wonderful gift he had as an actor.”

His publicist stated that there will be a private ceremony followed by a memorial to be planned once the virus has ended.