The Life & Career Of Sir Sean Connery in photos.

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Sir Thomas Sean Connery was born 80 years ago on 25 August 1930. His career as an actor has spanned over 55 years and James Bond buffs regard him as the best actor ever to play 007. Here is a look back at the screen legend's life

Sean Connery as a child in 1932 with his mother Effie

Thomas Sean Connery was born in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh to Euphemia 'Effie', a cleaner and Joseph Connery who was a factory worker and lorry driver

Sean Connery as a teenager

Sean Connery joined the Royal Navy but was discharged from the navy on medical grounds because of a duodenal ulcer. He returned to his previous job as a milkman

A portrait of Sean Connery in a pair of skimpy trunks, painted before he was famous. The picture was painted in 1952 by jazz musician Al Fairweather who was a student at Edinburgh College of Art

Sean Connery photographed in 1962 setting off to play a round of golf

Daniela Bianchi starred with Connery in the 1963 James Bond film From Russia With Love

Connery in the 1965 James Bond film Thunderball

Connery in the 1965 James Bond film Thunderball

Sean Connery starred alongside Gina Lollobrigida in the 1964 film Woman of Straw

Sean Connery at the Cannes premiere of The Hill in 1965

Sean Connery on the set of the 1967 Bond film You Only Live Twice

In 1970 Sean Connery played 'Black Jack' Kehoe in The Molly Maguires- the name of a secret organization of Irish coal miners established in nineteenth century Pennsylvania to fight oppressive mineowners

Sean Connery on the set of Diamonds are Forever at Pinewood Studios in 1971

Sean Connery in the 1971 James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever

Connery joined a star studded cast for the 1974 film Murder On The Orient Express with Albert Finney as The Belgian detective Hercule Poirot

Connery starred alongside Audrey Hepburn in the 1976 film Robin and Marian

Connery (Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez) starred alongside Christopher Lambert in the 1986 film Highlander

Connery was awarded the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the 1987 film The Untouchables

The Untouchables were (from left) Andy Garcia, Sean Connery, Kevin Costner, Charles Martin Smith. Connery won Best Supporting Actor for his role at the 1987 Oscars

Sean Connery (left) appeared in the 1990 war film The Hunt for Red October as Captain Marko Alexandrovich Ramius. Also starring were Alec baldwin as CIA analyst Jack Ryan and Scott Glenn (R) as Captain Bart Mancuso

Sean Connery & Catherine Zeta Jones in the 1999 film Entrapment

Connery was knighted in July 2000 by the Queen at Holyrood House in Edinburgh

Sir Sean Connery wore full Highland dress for the investiture ceremony

Connery playing golf in Monaco in 2002

Connery was photographed by Cynthia Gould in 2006

Sir Sean Connery collects an honorary degree at Edinburgh's Napier University in 2009

Sir Sean Connery and his wife Micheline attend a function called Dressed To Kilt in New York

Screen legend Sir Sean Connery unveils a plaque in Edinburgh's Fountainbridge to mark the area he grew up

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