Donald Trump recalls moment Sir Sean Connery ‘helped him build Scottish golf course’ as he pays tribute to Bond legend


Donald Trump paid tribute after Sir Sean Connery died, aged 90 (Pictures: AP / Getty)

Donald Trump has offered a tribute to Sir Sean Connery, claiming the James Bond actor stepped in to help him get a building development over the line for his golf course in Aberdeen.

The 007 icon died at the age of 90, surrounded by his family, with son Jason confirming the sad news on Saturday.

Following his death, the President shared his own memories of the late star, describing him as a ‘great man’.

Taking to Twitter, he began a tribute: ‘The legendary actor, 007 Sean Connery, has past on to even greener fairways. He was quite a guy, and a tough character. 

‘I was having a very hard time getting approvals for a big development in Scotland when Sean stepped in and shouted,“Let him build the damn thing”. 

‘That was all I needed, everything went swimmingly from there. He was so highly regarded & respected in Scotland and beyond that years of future turmoil was avoided.

‘Sean was a great actor and an even greater man. Sincere condolences to his family!’

However, while Sir Sean was vocal in his backing of the project, which opened in 2010, the Mirror states it was the promise of jobs eventually convinced then-First Minister Alex Salmond after planning permission was initially denied.

The actor – widely regarded as the best ever James Bond – died just months after his 90th birthday.

His family announced the news on Saturday, explaining he was ‘unwell for some time’ before his death.

Sir Sean Connery is regarded as the best James Bond star in history (Picture: Bettmann Archive)

Wife Micheline later said he suffered with dementia in his final months, telling the MailOnline: ‘It was no life for him. He was not able to express himself latterly. At least he died in his sleep and it was just so peaceful. 

‘I was with him all the time and he just slipped away. It was what he wanted. He had dementia and it took its toll on him. He got his final wish to slip away without any fuss.’

Tributes poured in from around Hollywood, with Hugh Jackman and George Takei among those paying their respects.

Bond star Pierce Brosnan – who took over the 007 role in 1995 – penned a touching message to the late actor on Instagram, branding him the ‘greatest’ spy. 

The 67-year-old shared a black and white photo of him, alongside the message: ‘Sir Sean Connery, you were my greatest James Bond as a boy, and as a man who became James Bond himself. 

‘You cast a long shadow of cinematic splendour that will live on forever. 

‘You led the way for us all who followed in your iconic foot steps. Each man in his turn looked to you with reverence and admiration as we forged ahead with our own interpretations of the role.

‘You were mighty in every way, as an actor and as a man, and will remain so till the end of time. 

‘Your were loved by the world, and will be missed,’ he concluded. ‘God bless, rest now, be at peace.’

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