Sean Connery has died at the age of 90, his family have told the BBC.

The actor, best known for being the first actor to play James Bond in official film versions of the spy's stories, was arguably a national treasure and a fiercely proud Scot.

When he burst onto the scene as Bond in 1962 in Dr No, he had little acting training.

But he went on to win an Academy Award and play a long list of iconic roles.

He also won two Baftas and three Golden Globes.

Sir Sean’s other notable films including Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Highlander and The Hunt For Red October.

He was on a number of occasion voted by fans the best actor to have played 007 in the long-running franchise, beating Daniel Craig and Sir Roger Moore.

He was knighted in the 2000 New Year Honours for services to film drama.

And in 2009 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Edinburgh Napier University for the achievements throughout his career.

He appeared relaxed and in good health during his last public appearance, when he turned out to support fellow Scotsman Andy Murray at the US Open in September 2012.