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Sean Connery (1930-    )
A proud Scot, Sean Connery will always be immortalised as the first man to play James Bond in 'Dr. No (1962)'.
Though Sean Connery's film legacy will always be inextricably linked with James Bond, Connery has gone on to display his versatility as an actor in a number of challenging roles. He's proved himself to be one of the leading actors of the post WW2 period, and has been particularly effective in dark films, as in Alfred Hitchcock's 'Marnie (1964)', 'The Hill (1965)', and as a psychotic police inspector in 'The Offence (1972)' - an outstanding performance, and maybe the best of his career.

Born on August 25th, 1930, in Edinburgh, Scotland, Sean Connery had to work hard to climb the acting ladder. He joined the Royal Navy aged 16, but ill health curtailed his service. Connery had a wide range of jobs on leaving the Navy, including polishing coffins and working as a lifeguard. He also developed an interest in bodybuilding, and finished third in the 1950 Mr Universe contest.

In the 1950s, Sean Connery turned to acting, and by the end of that decade he was on the cusp of stardom. Connery appeared in the raw British drama 'Hell Drivers' in 1957, which featured many up and coming stars such as Patrick McGoohan, Stanley Baker, and David McCallum. Connery's biggest break then came when he starred opposite Hollywood legend Lana Turner in the 1958 movie, 'Another Time, Another Place'. Connery also appeared in the whimsical movie, 'Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959)'.

James Bond Fame

1962 was the year that saw Sean Connery become a worldwide star, after playing James Bond in 'Dr. No'. Though Patrick McGoohan had turned down the chance of playing James Bond, Connery was so assured as the 007 character that he seemed made for the role. Connery went on to appear in seven Bond films in all, with 'Goldfinger' probably seeing his most memorable performance. Playing opposite Connery in 'Goldfinger' was Honor Blackman, who played the strong female character Pussy Galore. The chemistry between the two stars was a significant factor in the movie's success. It was Sean Connery's combination of courage, charm, and wit in the 007 role that makes him still the quintessential Bond.

Though he became an iconic figure in the 1960s, Sean Connery refused to be be seen as just an actor who played James Bond. Connery's performance in 'The Offence' underlined his talent, when his character was not only tormented by the terrible crimes he had to deal with, but by his own demons as well.

Oscar Winner

Sean Connery finally gained the recognition his acting deserved, when he won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role as Jim Malone in 'The Untouchables'. The 1987 film, about federal agents in the time of Al Capone, saw Connery's character as a man who could not be corrupted. Other notable performances of Sean Connery's career came in 'Highlander', 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade', 'The Hunt for Red October', and in 'The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen'.

A Proud Scot

Fiercely proud of being a Scot, and in favor of Scotland being independent from the rest of the UK, Sean Connery is arguably Scotland's most famous film star ever. He was knighted in 2000. Sean Connery has been married twice. His first marriage, to Australian actress Diane Cilento, produced a son, Jason, who has gone on to become famous actor in his own right. Sean Connery wed his second wife, Micheline, in 1975.

- Paul Rance/booksmusicfilmstv.com.

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Sean Connery DVDs available from booksmusicfilmstv.com - in association with Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com

SEAN CONNERY DVDs available from booksmusicfilmstv.com - in association with Amazon.co.uk
James Bond Blu-Ray Collection Vol.1 ~ Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan James Bond Blu-Ray Collection Vol.1 ~ Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen [2003] The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen [2003]
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
DVD - February 16, 2004
The Hunt For Red October [1990] The Hunt For Red October [1990]
Paramount Home Entertainment (UK)
DVD - November 3, 2003
The Man Who Would Be King [1975]
Columbia Tri-Star Home Video
DVD - October 28, 2002
A Bridge Too Far [1977]
MGM Home Ent. (Europe) Ltd.
DVD - May 24, 2004
The Untouchables [1987] DVD The Untouchables [1987]
Paramount Home Entertainment (UK)
DVD - September 13, 2004
The Offence [1972]
MGM Home Ent. (Europe) Ltd.
DVD - October 4, 2004
SEAN CONNERY DVDs available from booksmusicfilmstv.com - in association with Amazon.com
Product photo The Wind and the Lion
Product photo The Untouchables (Special Collector's Edition)
Product photo The James Bond Collection, Vol. 1 (Special Edition)

 

Sean Connery Filmography
(most recent films listed first)

Sir Billi (voice) (2012)
Sir Billi The Vet (voice) (2006)
The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)
Finding Forrester (2000)
Entrapment (1999)
Playing By Heart (1998)
The Avengers (1998)
The Rock (1996)
Dragonheart (voice) (1996)
First Knight (1995)
Just Cause (1995)
A Good Man In Africa (1994)
Rising Sun (1993)
Medicine Man (1992)
Highlander II: The Quickening (1991)
The Russia House (1990)
The Hunt For Red October (1990)
Family Business (1989)
Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade (1989)
The Presidio (1988)
The Untouchables (1987)
Der Name der Rose (1986)
Highlander (1986)
Sword Of The Valiant: The Legend Of Sir Gawain And The Green Knight (1984)
Never Say Never Again (1983)
Five Days One Summer (1982)
Wrong Is Right (1982)
Time Bandits (1981)
Outland (1981)
Cuba (1979)
Meteor (1979)
The First Great Train Robbery (1979)
A Bridge Too Far (1977)
The Next Man (1976)
Robin And Marian (1976)
The Man Who Would Be King (1975)
The Wind And The Lion (1975)
Ransom (1975)
Murder On The Orient Express (1974)
Zardoz (1974)
The Offence (1972)
Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
The Anderson Tapes (1971)
The Molly Maguires (1970)
Krasnaya palatka (1969)
Shalako (1968)
You Only Live Twice (1967)
A Fine Madness (1966)
Thunderball (1965)
The Hill (1965)
Goldfinger (1964)
Marnie (1964)
Woman Of Straw (1964)
From Russia With Love (1963)
Dr. No (1962)
The Longest Day (1962)
On The Fiddle (1961)
The Frightened City (1961)
Tarzan's Greatest Adventure (1959)
Darby O'Gill And The Little People (1959)
Another Time, Another Place (1958)
Action Of The Tiger (1957)
Time Lock (1957)
Hell Drivers (1957)
No Road Back (1957)

 

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