James Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson said they were “heartbroken” at the loss of the actor, whose final screen appearance came as gamekeeper Kincade in 2012’s “Skyfall.” “It was a privilege to work with him and an honor to have had him as part of our Bond family,” said the pair in a statement issued via the official James Bond Twitter account.
“Skyfall” director Sam Mendes told Variety: “It is desperately sad news that Albert Finney has gone. He really was one of the greats – a brilliant, beautiful, big-hearted, life loving delight of a man. He will be terribly missed.”
Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said: "We are heartbroken at the loss of Albert Finney. It was a privilege to work with him and an honour to have had him as part of our Bond family.”
— James Bond (@007) February 8, 2019
“Westworld” star, and fellow Bond franchise alumnus, Jeffrey Wright called Finney “supreme” and “one of the absolute [greatest of all time],” saying he habitually watched Finney’s Oscar-nominated performance in “The Dresser” before starting a new play. Wright featured in Daniel Craig’s first two James Bond films “Casino Royale” and “Quantum of Solace.”
I made a habit of watching The Dresser before starting every play I did…to see it all done right. Tried to see him on stage w/ Tom Courtenay in London once, but tickets sold out to the gills. Regret not seeing him.
He was supreme. One of the absolute G.O.A.T.
— Jeffrey Vote Out This Gameshow Clown Wright (@jfreewright) February 8, 2019
British director and cinephile Edgar Wright thanked “the original Angry Young Man” for his performances in a variety of classic roles, from British drama “Saturday Night and Sunday Morning” and Oscar-winner “Tom Jones” to the Coen brothers’ “Miller’s Crossing” and Sidney Lumet’s “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead.”
"Whatever people say I am, that's what I'm not." RIP Albert Finney, the original Angry Young Man, thanks for 'Saturday Night, Sunday Morning', 'Miller’s Crossing', 'Two For The Road', 'Gumshoe', 'The Dresser', 'Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead', 'Tom Jones' & so many others… pic.twitter.com/TKGJYKcK8Z
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) February 8, 2019
Director Ava DuVernay said seeing Finney’s performances in “Shoot the Moon” and then “Annie” within a few weeks of each other when she was 10 years old had shown her “what acting means.”
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. 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/QyXOY0rKSO
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) February 8, 2019
London’s renowned Old Vic Theatre, where Finney frequently appeared in plays including William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” in 1975 — one of eight productions chosen to celebrate the theatre’s bicentennial in 2018 on a special collection of British stamps — said the actor’s performances stood apart “as some of the greatest in our 200 year history.” That production later transferred to the U.K.’s National Theatre as the first staged in its then new Lyttelton Theatre.
We are very sad to hear of the loss of Albert Finney.
His performances in plays by Shakespeare, Chekhov and other iconic playwrights throughout the 60s, 70s and 80s stand apart as some of the greatest in our 200 year history. pic.twitter.com/6UmFOjLjx1
— The Old Vic (@oldvictheatre) February 8, 2019
Rufus Sewell, who appeared alongside Finney in the 1994 film “A Man of No Importance,” said, “I had the enormous privilege of working with him early on. Apart from being effortlessly great he was also a great all-round example of how to behave.”
Very sad to hear about Albert Finney. I had the enormous privilege of working with him early on. Apart from being effortlessly great he was also a great all round example of how to behave. https://t.co/mZXeqmWrqJ
— Rufus Sewell (@FredrikSewell) February 8, 2019
Brian Koppelman, showrunner of HBO’s “Billions,” said that despite having not had the chance to work with the actor, he had brought him “a lot of joy,” calling him “a great artist.”
Never met Albert Finney. Never worked with him. But man, that guy brought me a lot of joy. Sorry he's gone. What a great artist.
— Brian Koppelman (@briankoppelman) February 8, 2019
Responding to Koppelman’s tweet, Emmy-winning “Barry” star Henry Winkler said Finney was “an actor’s actor…without compare” having first seen him at the St. James Theatre on Broadway in the early 1960s in the Tony Award-winning production of John Osborne’s “Luther” — a role Finney originated.
British actor, and former “Walking Dead” star, David Morrissey said Finney had been a hero, calling the late actor “a powerhouse.”
One of the true great. Both on stage and screen. A powerhouse of an actor. A real hero of mine. RIP Albert Finney https://t.co/FuSu6948tS
— David Morrissey (@davemorrissey64) February 8, 2019
Others paying tribute included Bernadette Peters, who starred alongside Finney in the 1982 film version of musical “Annie”; “The Wire” creator David Simon; “Mission: Impossible” filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie; “The Late Show” host Stephen Colbert; U.S. actress Rosanna Arquette; and British actor, writer, and comedian David Walliams.
So sad to hear of the passing of Albert Finney . I had the great pleasure of working with him on ‘Annie’ the movie. Who could forget him in Tom Jones .RIP we will miss you!!!❤️
— Bernadette Peters (@OfficialBPeters) February 8, 2019
In honor of the great Albert Finney, I'm going to take time tonight to listen to Frank Patterson tenor the hell out of Danny Boy while the old man shows his artistry with a Thompson.
— David Simon (@AoDespair) February 8, 2019
The old man's still an artist with a Thompson. RIP Albert Finney pic.twitter.com/F83GUJVq9k
— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) February 8, 2019
Rest in peace dear Albert Finney 😇🙏🏿
— ✌🏼rosanna arquette (@RoArquette) February 8, 2019
The beautiful Albert Finney. pic.twitter.com/pNkq7tZhEi
— David Walliams HQ (@davidwalliams) February 8, 2019