The actor says late star "cast a long shadow of cinematic splendor."

Pierce Brosnan has paid tribute to his fellow James Bond franchise star Sean Connery after the actor passed away at the age of 90.

Pierce Brosnan, Sean Connery
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"Sir Sean Connery, you were my greatest James Bond as a boy, and as a man who became James Bond himself," Brosnan wrote in a post on his Instagram account. "You cast a long shadow of cinematic splendor 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. God bless, rest now, be at peace."

Connery starred in six James Bond films, starting with the franchise's first movie, 1962's Dr. No. Brosnan was the fifth actor to portray 007 and helped revitalize the series with his debut outing, 1995's GoldenEye.

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