– EN Showbiz – Daniel Craig has led the tributes to his Skyfall co-star Albert Finney following the British acting legend’s death.
The five-time Oscar nominee, 82, passed away after a short illness, his family announced on Friday (08Feb19), and his former colleagues and famous fans have taken to Twitter to remember him.
James Bond star Craig revealed he was “deeply saddened” to hear the news, tweeting: “the world has lost a giant”.
Finney played 007’s hard-as-nails gamekeeper Kincade in Skyfall.
Craig added: “Wherever Albert is now, I hope there are horses and good company.”
Skyfall’s director Sam Mendes also paid tribute, describing Finney as a “brilliant, beautiful, big-hearted, life loving delight of a man”, adding, “He really was one of the greats… He will be terribly missed.”
Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, the co-producers of the Bond franchise, also remembered the veteran actor, who played Scrooge, Annie’s Daddy Warbucks, and Tom Jones on the big screen, and teamed up with Julia Roberts for Erin Brockovich.
“We are heartbroken at the loss of Albert Finney,” they said in a joint statement. “It was a privilege to work with him and an honour to have had him as part of our Bond family.”
Finney’s former castmates Bernadette Peters, Rufus Sewell and Marg Helgenberger also offered up tributes to the great man on Friday, with Sewell, who appeared alongside his hero in A Man of No Importance, calling the veteran “effortlessly great”, while Marg added: “I was lucky enough to have worked with the late great Albert Finney in the film ERIN BROCKOVICH. An extraordinary & generous actor who oozed charm & mischievousness.”
She urged her followers to watch one of his films “this weekend”.
Moviemaker Christopher McQuarrie also encouraged film fans to check out Finney’s work, tweeting: “Remember the great Albert Finney tonight by watching Miller’s Crossing and Under the Volcano – two vastly different performances that showcase his unique ability to combine power with powerlessness.”
There have also been Twitter tributes from Colin Hanks, Luke Evans, Cary Elwes, Carla Gugino, Henry Winkler, Rosanna Arquette, and directors Edgar Wright and Ava DuVernay, who shared: “I remember seeing SHOOT THE MOON with my Aunt Denise when I was about 10 years old. And then seeing ANNIE a few weeks later with my Mom. Then putting together that the father in both was the same man and thinking – wow, that’s what acting means. Thank you, Albert Finney.”