Bond fans took a break from their Daniel Craig hatemongering to breathe a sigh of relief after learning on Sunday (March 12) that former 007 actor Sean Connery is recovering nicely after surgery.
The 75-year-old actor underwent surgery to remove a kidney tumor a few weeks ago in New York and is currently recuperating in the Bahamas. London's The Sunday Times reports that he was "opened in five places."
His brother Neil also informed the paper that "as far as I'm led to believe, the tumor was benign. He seems to be quite upbeat about it." Spokesperson James Barron adds, "He's very fit --- he's 100 percent plus."
From his role in 1959's children's fantasy "Darby O'Gill and the Little People," Connery was cast in 1962 in the trademark role of Secret Agent James Bond. His 007 films include "Dr. No," "From Russia with Love," "Goldfinger" and "Never Say Never Again." Despite hanging up the trademark tuxedo in the '80s, he's still one of the most beloved actors to play Bond and is even mentioned as such in the upcoming thriller "Lucky Number Slevin."
He won a supporting actor Oscar for 1987's "The Untouchables" and received his Knighthood Britain's Queen Elizabeth in 1999. He's set to receive the 34th AFI Life Achievement Award at a gala tribute in Los Angeles on June 8.