Veteran British actor Albert Finney

Veteran British actor Albert Finney holds up his British Academy of Film and Television Arts award at the BAFTA awards ceremony in London on February 25, 2001. Finney won the Academy Fellowship award for lifetime achievement. The star-studded event is Britain’s equivalent of the Oscars.

LOS ANGELES — Tributes to the late Albert Finney flooded social media on Friday following the announcement that the acclaimed British star of stage and screen had died at the age of 82.

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.

“Westworld” star and fellow Bond franchise alumnus Jeffrey Wright called Finney “supreme” and “one of the absolute (greatests of all time),” saying he habitually watched Finney’s Oscar-nominated performance in “The Dresser” before starting a new play. Wright was featured in Daniel Craig’s first two James Bond films “Casino Royale” and “Quantum of Solace.”

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.”

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.”

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 theater’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 production staged in its then-new Lyttelton Theatre.

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.”

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.”

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.”

Others paying tribute included U.S. actress Rosanna Arquette, and British actor, writer and comedian David Walliams.