Connery was a big fan of the most recent incarnation of 007.
When Daniel Craig was announced as Pierce Brosnan’s replacement in 2005, he called him a “terrific choice”.
Connery told MailOnline: "I think they're going back to a more realistic type of Bond movie as I don't think they could have gone much further with the special effects."
Speaking about whether he thought he would stop being chiefly associated with the character, Connery added: "It's not something that's ever likely to happen. It's with me until I go to the box."
Bond was Connery’s breakthrough role following a decade of stage and TV roles in the 1950s.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Micheline Roquebrune, his son, Jason, and his brother, Neil.
Craig’s next Bond film, the delayed No Time to Die, will be his final outing as the character.