No, Mr. Bond, I never expected you to die.
Connery wasn’t only Bond or the only Bond, of course. He won an Oscar for playing Jim Malone in The Untouchables. And he played Indiana Jones’ dad, which I think is my favorite of his many characters.
There’s probably some academic work on his influence, everything from sartorial splendor to toxic masculinity (with stops in between for sexism, certainly and jingoism), but I cannot state enough the impact of his career had on pop culture, much of which I think chagrined him.
He will be missed.