Scottish actor Sir Sean Connery, who played the first ever James Bond in the super hit series, turned 85 on 26 August. He was named the sexiest man alive in 1989 and 10 years later, was voted as the sexiest man of the century.

The octogenarian was extremely popular in his early days, especially with women, following the success of his first Bond movie titled Dr No, which released in 1962. Off camera, the actor has managed to flaunted his style and elegance even through his golden years. Connery is one of those rare actors, who can take his shirt off and still leave a good impression at every age.

Connery was first married to Diane Cilento until 1973 and in 1975 married Moroccan-French painter Micheline Roquebrune.

In Dr No, the Scottish actor enchanted co-star Ursula Andress on screen and countless fans off-screen. By the time the third 007 film, Goldfinger (1964) released, it drew rave reviews and raked in $125m (£79m) at the box office.

Connery, has received some of Hollywood's biggest honours including an Oscar for his supporting role as Jimmy Malone in the mafia drama The Untouchables. He has also won three Golden Globe and two BAFTA awards.

After being knighted by the Queen in 2000, Sean Connery said goodbye to the silver screen three years later. He was last seen in The League Of Extraordinary Gentleman, but later voiced the animated character Sir Billi.

Sean Connery rarely makes public appearances now and reportedly is enjoying his retirement along with his wife at their homes in Europe and the Caribbean.

Fans have been tweeting congratulatory messages on #SeanConneryDay.