Sir Sean Connery

Actors by Ajay Singh, 06 September 2010

Sir Sean Connery

Sir Sean Connery

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You only live twice-From labourer to Knight of the realm

If Patrick McGoohan hadn’t turned down the role of James Bond, then Sean Connery’s life would have been very different. He would never have been voted “The sexiest man alive” nor “The greatest living Scotsman”, let alone “The thinking woman’s golfer” (Okay, we made that one up).

Born Thomas Sean Connery in Edinburgh, on 25th August 1930 he lived a fairly impoverished existence and after several jobs as labourer, model and truck driver, he eventually made his way on stage in “South Pacific”, before starting to appear in bit parts in British movies such as “Hell Drivers”. He found more success in television taking leading roles in ATV’s Armchair Theatre series and built up his credentials in that medium, getting a starring role in legendary producer/director Rudolph Cartier’s adaptation of “Anna Karenina”

“I decided to become an actor and it turned out to be one of my more intelligent moves”

However, his breakout role was that of James Bond, which he landed in 1962. Though not fitting creator Ian Fleming’s idea of the role, Connery became a massive success as the spy and his fame and earnings rose dramatically throughout the 1960s. His dark smouldering looks gave Bond a sexy charm absent from the novels and he started appearing on the cover of every women’s magazine in the country.

“I don’t think there’s anything particularly wrong about hitting a woman….if a woman is a bitch”

After “You only live twice” in 1967, he very publicly quit the role, sick of the associated press intrusion but was persuaded back by an enormous sum of money for 1971’s “Diamonds are Forever” and then again in 1983 for the strange “unofficial” Bond film “Never Say Never Again”.

His film career outside Bond spans 60 years, he has fought off Cancer and allegations of abusive behaviour from his first wife Diane Cilento, and remains very actively opinionated about Scotland and it’s politics, being a member of the SNP. He announced his retirement from acting in 2006 though has made occasional appearances since and most recently lent his voice to a computer game based on “From Russia With Love”.

Most extraordinary appearance:

Sir Sean Connery

Sir Sean Connery

His strangest role has to be that of Zed, a horseback based exterminator in the cult 1973 Sci Fi film “Zardoz”. Apart from the antics he gets up to, climbing inside a giant flying stone head and seducing Charlotte Rampling, it’s the fact that he’s wearing a giant red nappy and a porn star moustache throughout that make this appearance truly remarkable. AND he manages to keep a straight face.
Sir Sean Connery’s Acting Career

James bond Movies
Dr. No (1962)
From Russia with Love (1963)
Goldfinger (1964)
Thunderball (1965)
You Only Live Twice (1967)

Other Movies
Sir Billi (2010) (voice) …. Sir Billi
Sir Billi the Vet (2006) (voice) …. Sir Billi
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003) …. Allan Quatermain
Freedom: A History of Us …. John Muir (1 episode, 2003)
Finding Forrester (2000) …. William Forrester
Entrapment (1999) …. Robert MacDougal
Playing by Heart (1998) …. Paul
The Avengers (1998) …. Sir August de Wynter
The Rock (1996) …. John Patrick Mason
DragonHeart (1996) (voice) …. Draco
First Knight (1995) …. King Arthur
Just Cause (1995) …. Paul Armstrong
A Good Man in Africa (1994) …. Dr. Alex Murray
Rising Sun (1993) …. Capt. John Connor
The Princess and the Cobbler (1993) (voice) …. Tack the Cobbler
Medicine Man (1992) …. Dr. Robert Campbell
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) (uncredited) …. King Richard
Highlander II (1991) …. Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez
The Russia House (1990) …. Bartholomew ‘Barley’ Scott Blair
The Hunt for Red October (1990) …. Marko Ramius

Family Business (1989) …. Jessie
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) …. Professor Henry Jones
The Presidio: The Scene of the Crime (1988) …. Lt. Col. Alan Caldwell
The Untouchables (1987) …. Jim Malone
The Name of the Rose (1986) …. William of Baskerville
Highlander (1986) …. Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez
Sword of the Valiant: The Legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (1984) …. The Green Knight
Never Say Never Again (1983) …. James Bond
Five Days One Summer (1982) …. Douglas Meredith
The Man with the Deadly Lens (1982) …. Patrick Hale
Time Bandits (1981) …. King Agamemnon / Fireman
Outland (1981) …. O’Niel

Cuba (1979) …. Maj. Robert Dapes
Meteor (1979) …. Dr. Paul Bradley
The First Great Train Robbery (1979) …. Pierce
A Bridge Too Far (1977) …. Major General Urquhart
The Next Man (1976) …. Khalil Abdul-Muhsen
Robin and Marian (1976) …. Robin Hood
The Man Who Would Be King (1975) …. Daniel Dravot
The Wind and the Lion (1975) …. Mulai Ahmed er Raisuli
Murder on the Orient Express (1974) …. Colonel Arbuthnot
Ransom (1974/II) …. Col. Nils Tahlvik
Zardoz (1974) …. Zed
The Offence (1973) …. Detective Sergeant Johnson
Diamonds Are Forever (1971) …. James Bond
The Anderson Tapes (1971) …. Duke Anderson
The Molly Maguires (1970) …. Jack Kehoe

TV Serials
The Red Tent (1969) …. Roald Amundsen
ITV Sunday Night Theatre” …. MacNeil (1 episode, 1969)
Male of the Species (1969) (TV) …. McNeil
Shalako (1968) …. Moses Zebulon ‘Shalako’ Carlin
A Fine Madness (1966) …. Samson Shillitoe
The Hill (1965) …. Joe Roberts
Marnie (1964) …. Mark Rutland
Woman of Straw (1964) …. Tony Richmond
The Longest Day (1962) …. Pvt. Flanagan
Anna Karenina (1961) (TV) …. Count Alexis Vronski
On the Fiddle (1961) …. Pedlar Pascoe
The Frightened City (1961) …. Paddy Damion
Macbeth (1961) (TV) …. Macbeth
Adventure Story …. Alexander (5 episodes, 1961)
Without the Grail (1960) (TV) …. Innes Corrie
An Age of Kings” …. Harry Percy / … (6 episodes, 1960)
Riders to the Sea (1960) (TV) …. Bartley
BBC Sunday-Night Play …. Julien (1 episode, 1960)
ITV Play of the Week …. John Proctor / … (2 episodes, 1959)
Tarzan’s Greatest Adventure (1959) …. O’Bannion
Darby O’Gill and the Little People (1959) …. Michael McBride
Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color” …. Michael MacBride (1 episode, 1959)
Armchair Theatre” (1 episode, 1958)
Women in Love (1958) (TV) …. Jewish Pianist/Nazi War Criminal
A Night to Remember (1958) (uncredited) …. Titanic Deck Hand
Another Time, Another Place (1958) …. Mark Trevor
Anna Christie (1957) (TV) …. Mat Burke
Action of the Tiger (1957) …. Mike
Time Lock (1957) …. Welder
Hell Drivers (1957) …. Johnny Kates
BBC Sunday-Night Theatre …. Mountain McClintock (1 episode, 1957)
Blood Money (1957) (TV) …. Mountain McClintock
No Road Back (1957) …. Spike
The Jack Benny Program …. Porter (1 episode, 1957)
Sailor of Fortune …. Achmed (1 episode, 1956)
Dixon of Dock Green …. Joe Brasted (1 episode, 1956)

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  1. Jayce76 Says:

    The man, the legend, . . . . . . Sir Sean Connery.

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