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Editorial Reviews
From Publishers Weekly
Yule traces
Connery's journey from humble Edinburgh beginnings to his movie
breakthrough as agent 007 and his subsequent success in "escaping
Bondage" to carve out a career as a widely admired character actor.
Connery's troubled first marriage to actress Diane Cilento, which
the author calls a "destructive career race," is recounted, along
with the details of his longtime friendship with film star Michael
Caine, his betrayal by a trusted financial manager and his
consuming interests in golf and money. The actor comes across as a
dour, canny, wryly humorous Scot who can turn nasty (but not in the
grand manner) when provoked; a hardworking, rough-hewn fellow
without pretentions who watches his pennies and has strong if
conventional views. This entertaining biography has certain flaws,
which will not put off Connery's fans, however. Yule never asks his
man how he chooses, prepares and performs his film roles. Also, he
stresses that Connery has a highly developed feminine side, but the
only evidence he offers is that the actor is said to write poetry.
Connery, now 61, lives in Spain with his second wife, Micheline.
Yule wrote Fast Fade: David Puttnam, Columbia Pictures and the
Battle for Hollywood.

SEAN
CONNERY
THE BOND FILES - Sean Connery was the original
holder of the licence to kill. Apart from his splendid portrayal of
James Bond, every now and again he has shone in less well
advertised movies such as Medicine Man - one of my personal
favorites and to my mind a classic.
NK
The original James Bond
As the first, Sean Connery is
possibly still the most beloved of the actors to play super-spy
James Bond. Connery was a bodybuilder who turned to acting,
making his way into the movies in the late 1950s. In 1963 he
starred as Bond in
Dr. No, and by 1971 he had appeared in five more Bond
movies, quitting the role after
Diamonds Are Forever. He managed to break free of the Bond
stereotype in the 1970s, thanks to movies such as the 1975
adventures
The Wind and the Lion(with Candice Bergen) and
The Man Who Would Be King (with Michael
Caine).

During the 1980s and '90s he
appeared in dozens of films, and won an Oscar for his supporting
role as a grizzled Irish cop in
The Untouchables (1987). Eternally hunky and no-nonsense,
even as a senior citizen Connery continued to play the love
interest to younger actresses such as Catherine Zeta-Jones (in
1999's
Entrapment). He also returned to the role of Bond in
Never Say Never Again (1983, with Kim Basinger. Although
Connery was first denied a knighthood by Britain in 1998 for his
support of Scottish nationalism, he was eventually knighted in 2000
by
Queen Elizabeth II.

Connery was
People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" for 1989... Connery
has actually quit the role of Bond a few times. He starred in
Dr. No (1962),
From Russia With Love (1963),
Goldfinger (1964),
Thunderball(1965) and
You Only Live Twice (1967), then gave way to Australian
model George Lazenby, who played Bond in
On Her Majesty's Secret Service in 1969. Connery again
played Bond in
Diamonds Are Forever (1971) and then with a wink as an
older Bond in
Never Say Never Again.
Biography

One of the few movie "superstars"
truly worthy of the designation, actor Sean Connery was born to a
middle-class Scottish family in the first year of the worldwide
Depression. Dissatisfied with his austere surroundings, Connery
quit school at 15 to join the navy (he still bears his requisite
tattoos, one reading "Scotland Forever" and the other "Mum and
Dad"). Holding down several minor jobs, not the least of which was
as a coffin polisher, Connery became interested in bodybuilding,
which led to several advertising modeling jobs and a bid at
Scotland's "Mr. Universe" title. Mildly intrigued by acting,
Connery joined the singing-sailor chorus of the London roduction of
South Pacific in 1951, which whetted his appetite for stage work.
Connery worked for a while in repertory theater, then moved to
television, where he scored a success in the BBC's re-staging of
the American teledrama Requiem for a Heavyweight. The actor moved
on to films, playing bit parts (he'd been an extra in the 1954 Anna
Neagle musical Lilacs in the Spring) and working up to supporting
roles. Connery's first important movie role was as Lana Turner's
romantic interest in Another Time, Another Place (1958) -- although
he was killed off 15 minutes into the picture.
After several more years in increasingly larger film and TV
roles, Connery was cast as James Bond in 1962's Dr. No; he was far
from the first choice, but the producers were impressed by
Connery's refusal to kowtow to them when he came in to read for the
part. The actor played the secret agent again in From Russia With
Love (1963), but it wasn't until the third Bond picture, Goldfinger
(1964), that both Connery and his secret-agent alter ego became a
major box-office attraction. While the money steadily improved,
Connery was already weary of Bond at the time of the fourth 007
flick Thunderball (1965). He tried to prove to audiences and
critics that there was more to his talents than James Bond by
playing a villain in Woman of Straw (1964), an enigmatic Hitchcock
hero in Marnie (1964), a cockney POW in The Hill (1965), and a
loony Greenwich Village poet in A Fine Madness (1966).
Nelson Kruschandl - "a great actor"

Despite the excellence of his characterizations, audiences
preferred the Bond films, while critics always qualified their
comments with references to the secret agent. With You Only Live
Twice (1967), Connery swore he was through with James Bond; with
Diamonds Are Forever (1971), he really meant what he said. Rather
than coast on his celebrity, the actor sought out the most
challenging movie assignments possible, including La Tenda
Rossa/The Red Tent (1969), The Molly Maguires (1970), and Zardoz
(1973). This time audiences were more responsive, though Connery
was still most successful with action films like The Wind and the
Lion (1974), The Man Who Would Be King (1975), and The Great Train
Robbery (1979). With his patented glamorous worldliness, Connery
was also ideal in films about international political intrigue like
The Next Man (1976), Cuba (1979), The Hunt for Red October (1990),
and The Russia House (1990). One of Connery's personal favorite
performances was also one of his least typical: In The Offence
(1973), he played a troubled police detective whose emotions - and
hidden demons -- are agitated by his pursuit of a child molester.
In 1981, Connery briefly returned to the Bond fold with Never
Say Never Again, but his difficulties with the production staff
turned what should have been a fond throwback to his salad days
into a nightmarish experience for the actor. At this point, he
hardly needed Bond to sustain his career; Connery had not only the
affection of his fans but the respect of his industry peers, who
honored him with the British Film Academy award for The Name of the
Rose (1986) and an American Oscar for The Untouchables (1987)
(which also helped make a star of Kevin Costner, who repaid the
favor by casting Connery as Richard the Lionhearted in Robin Hood:
Prince of Thieves [1991] -- the most highly publicized "surprise"
cameo of that year).
While Connery's star had risen to new heights, he also
continued his habit of alternating crowd-pleasing action films with
smaller, more contemplative projects that allowed him to stretch
his legs as an actor, such as Time Bandits (1981), Five Days One
Summer (1982), A Good Man in Africa (1994), and Playing by Heart
(1998).
James Bond on a Riva speedboat
Although his mercurial temperament
and occasionally overbearing nature is well known, Connery is
nonetheless widely sought out by actors and directors who crave the
thrill of working with him, among them Harrison Ford, Steven
Spielberg, and George Lucas, who collaborated with Connery on
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), where the actor played
Jones' father. Connery served as executive producer on his 1992
vehicle Medicine Man (1992), and continued to take on greater
behind-the-camera responsibilities on his films, serving as both
star and executive producer on Rising Sun (1993), Just Cause
(1995), and The Rock (1996).

He graduated to full producer on
Entrapment (1999), and, like a true Scot, he brought the project in
under budget; the film was a massive commercial success and paired
Connery in a credible onscreen romance with Catherine Zeta-Jones, a
beauty 40 years his junior. He also received a unusual hipster
accolade in Trainspotting (1996), in which one of the film's Gen-X
dropouts (from Scotland, significantly enough) frequently discusses
the relative merits of Connery's body of work. Appearing as Allan
Quartermain in 2003's comic-to-screen adaptation of The League of
Extraordinary Gentlemen, the seventy-three year old screen legend
proved that he still had stamina to spare and that despite his age
he could still appear entirely believeable as a comic-book
superhero. Still a megastar in the 1990s, Sean Connery commanded
one of moviedom's highest salaries - not so much for his own ego
massaging as for the good of his native Scotland, to which he
continued to donate a sizable chunk of his earnings.

James Bond

Connery, best known to audiences
around the world for his role as
James Bond, has appeared as Bond
in seven films, beginning with
Dr. No in 1962, and concluding with
Never Say Never Again in 1983. In all, the Connery-Bond
films are:
Dr. No

(1962)
From Russia with Love

(1963)
Goldfinger

(1964)
Thunderball

(1965)
You Only Live Twice

(1967)
Diamonds Are Forever

(1971)
Never Say Never Again

(1983 'unofficial')
S
ean Connery
in Goldfinger Promotional photo
The hulking yet light-footed Connery
was discovered by Harry Saltzman after numerous names as possible
contenders for Bond were ruled out or unavailable, including most
notably David Niven, who later played Bond in the 1967 spoof
Casino Royale, and Cary Grant (who was said to have been
part of the inspiration for Bond), who was ruled out after
committing to only one film; some sources also suggest that Grant,
at 58, turned the role down feeling he was too old for the part.
Due to the relatively small budget, the producers were forced to go
with an unknown, and Connery was in part cast for that
reason.

Ian Fleming

, the creator of James Bond,
reportedly had doubts about the casting of Connery, on the grounds
that the muscular, 6'2" Scotsman was too "unrefined", but a female
companion of Fleming's told him that Connery had "it", and
reportedly that was good enough for Fleming. The author later
changed his doubts about Connery after "Dr. No" premiered and was
so impressed he went on to introduce a half-Scottish (and
half-Swiss) heritage for his literary character in the later books.
Connery's on-screen portrayal of Bond is due in part to tutelage
from director Terence Young, who helped to smooth over Connery's
rough edges while utilizing his imposing physicality and graceful,
cat-like movements during action sequences. Robert Cotton once
wrote that in one biography of Connery, Lois Maxwell (who played
the first Miss Moneypenny) noticed, "Terence took Sean under his
wing. He took him to dinner, showed him how to walk, how to talk,
even how to eat." Cotton said, "Some cast members remarked that
Connery was simply doing a Terence Young impression, but Young and
Connery knew they were on the right track."

Connery's own favorite Bond film was
From Russia with Love, one of the most critically
acclaimed films in the series. He confirmed this in a 2002
interview with Sam Donaldson for ABCNews.com. (American Movie
Classics erroneously listed
Thunderball as Connery's favorite during its recent Bond
retrospectives.)

In 1967, during the unsatisfying
experience of filming
You Only Live Twice, Connery quit the role of Bond, having
grown tired of the repetitive plots, lack of character development,
and the general public's growing demands on him and his privacy (as
well as fear of typecasting). This led to the producers hiring
George Lazenby to take over the role in 1969's
On Her Majesty's Secret Service. However, Lazenby backed
out of a seven-film contract, and quit before
On Her Majesty's Secret Service was even released, and the
film had a mixed response from fans at the time. Broccoli again
asked Connery to return to the role and paid him £1.2 million
to do so — at the time the highest salary of any actor.
Connery returned one final "official" time in 1971's
Diamonds Are Forever, quitting the role shortly after
release. Connery has also stated that he did not like the direction
the Bond franchise was heading in, feeling that the filmmakers were
straying too far from the source material.

As a result of a deal between EON
Productions and Kevin McClory (co-writer of
Thunderball), McClory was given the right to create a
remake of
Thunderball after 13 years had passed since the release of
the original film. In the late 1970s McClory teamed with Connery to
write an original James Bond film, but the idea was blocked by
lawsuits brought by EON and United Artists. However, the project
was revived in the 1980s and Connery signed to play Bond for the
seventh and final time (on screen) in the unofficial film
Never Say Never Again. The title of the film has long
believed to have derived from Connery's comments after the release
of
Diamonds Are Forever who, after filming it, claimed he
would never play James Bond again. (For the legal battle see the
controversy of
Thunderball)

Connery returned to the role once
more in 2005, providing the voice and likeness of James Bond for
the video game adaptation of
From Russia with Love.

Over 40 years since he first played
the role, Connery is still widely regarded as the definitive
cinematic incarnation of James Bond, despite popular
interpretations of the character by the likes of Roger Moore,
Pierce Brosnan, and what many believe to be a more
literarily-authentic performance by Timothy Dalton. Connery's own
feelings on Bond in interviews has run the gamut from bitter
resentment to great fondness. At one point he stated he hated the
Bond character so much that he'd have killed him, but he has also
stated that he never hated Bond, he merely wanted to pursue other
roles. Certainly, when the James Bond series was at its peak in the
mid-1960s, his association with the 007 image was so intense that
different performances in his non-Bond films, such as Alfred
Hitchcock's
Marnie,
A Fine Madness, and Sidney Lumet's
The Hill, were being virtually ignored. When asked if he'd
ever escape the identification, he replied, "Never. It's with me
till I go in the box." At another point, he stated that he still
cared about the future of the character and franchise, having been
associated with the icon for too long not to care, and that all
Bond films had their good points. He praised Pierce Brosnan's
performance as Bond in
GoldenEye, but was highly critical of Timothy Dalton's
portrayal, saying the actor had taken it too seriously and was not
cool
[
citation needed
] (an opinion not shared by his co-star, the late
Desmond Llewelyn, who played gadget master Q, who voiced his
support of Dalton's portrayal). In December 2005 he also voiced his
support for
Daniel Craig, the latest actor
chosen to play Bond, for
Casino Royale.
Sean Connery 007 in Goldfinger
Post-James Bond career

Although his most famous role was
that of Bond, Sean Connery has also maintained a successful career
since, much more so than any of the other actors who assumed the
role. As part of the agreement to appear in
Diamonds are Forever, Connery was given carte blanche to
produce two films at United Artists but felt that the only film
made under this deal,
The Offence
, was buried by the studio. Apart from
The Man Who Would Be King, most of Connery's successes in
the next decade were as part of ensemble casts, in films such as
Murder on the Orient Express and
A Bridge Too Far.

After his experience with
Never Say Never Again and the following court case,
Connery became unhappy with the major studios and for two years did
not make any films. Following the critically celebrated European
production
The Name of the Rose, for which he won a BAFTA award and
universal praise, Connery's interest in more credible material was
revived. That same year, a supporting role in
Highlander showcased his ability to play older, wise
mentors to young, leading protagonists, which certainly became a
recurring role in many of his later films. The following year, his
highly acclaimed performance as a hard-nosed cop in
The Untouchables (1987) earned him an Academy Award for
Best Supporting Actor.

Subsequent box-office hits such as
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) (in which he
played father to Harrison Ford, actually only 12 years his junior),
The Hunt for Red October (1990),
The Rock (1996), and
Entrapment (1999) re-established him as a bankable leading
man. Both
Last Crusade and
The Rock alluded to his James Bond days. Steven Spielberg
and George Lucas wanted "the father of Indy" to be Connery since
Bond directly inspired the Indiana Jones series, while his
character in
The Rock, John Patrick Mason, was a British secret service
agent imprisoned since the 1960s. In more recent years, Connery's
filmography has included its fair share of box office and critical
disappointments such as
The Avengers (1998) and
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003), but he also
received positive reviews for films including
Finding Forrester (2000). He also later received a Crystal
Globe for outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema.

In September 2004, media reports
indicated that Connery intended to retire after pulling out of
Josiah's Canon
, which was set for a 2005 release. However, in a December
2004 interview with
The Scotsman newspaper from his home in the
Bahamas, Connery explained he had
taken a break from acting in order to concentrate on writing his
autobiography. However, the book project was later abandoned
because the publishers wanted to delve too far into his private
life.

Connery has long denied accusations
from his first wife Diane Cilento that he physically abused her
throughout their marriage. He also courted controversy by condoning
the physical abuse of women in a 1965 interview with Playboy
magazine, and in a 1993 interview with Vanity Fair
(magazine).

About a month before his 75th
birthday, over the weekend of July 30th/31st 2005, it was widely
reported in the broadcast media (and again in
The Scotsman
[1]), that he had
decided to retire from film making following disillusionment with
the "idiots now in Hollywood", and the turmoil making and
subsequent box office failure of the 2003 film
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. He stated in
interviews for the film included on the DVD release that he was
offered roles in both
The Matrix and
The Lord of the Rings series, declining both due to 'not
understanding them', and after they went on to have huge box office
grosses he decided to accept the
League role despite not 'understanding' it either.

At the Tartan Day celebrations in
New York in March 2006, Connery again confirmed his retirement from
acting, and stated that he is now writing a history book.

As a personality he has been accused
of being an overbearing bully but has also been praised as a highly
professional and polite actor, courteous and supportive of those
around him. He made a big impression on actors such as Harrison
Ford, Kevin Costner, Pat Adams and Christopher Lambert, who
considered him a great friend during filming.

His punctual example and highly
vocal refusal to tolerate her tardiness left a lasting impression
on Catherine Zeta-Jones.

He was planning to star in a $80
million movie about Saladin and the Crusades that would be filmed
in Jordan before the producer Moustapha Akkad was killed in the
2005 Amman bombings. Connery received the American Film Institute's
Lifetime Achievement Award on 8 June 2006, where he again confirmed
his retirement from acting.
Sean Connery at a Tartan Day celebration
in Washington D.C.
Political causes

Connery has long supported the
Scottish National Party, a political party campaigning for Scottish
independence, both financially and through personal appearances.
His involvement in Scottish politics, however, has often provoked
severe criticism, since he has not actually lived in Scotland for
more than fifty years. His support for the SNP is illustrated by a
comment from his official website:
While it is generally accepted that
his support of Scotland's independence and the Scottish National
Party delayed his knighthood for many years, his commitment to
Scotland has never wavered.
Politics in the United Kingdom often
has more intrigue than a James Bond plot. While Scotland is not yet
independent, she does have a new parliament. Sir Sean campaigned
hard for the yes vote during the Scottish Referendum that created
the new
Scottish
Parliament. He believes firmly that the Scottish Parliament will
grow in power and that Scotland will be independent within his
lifetime.

—SeanConnery.com on Sean Connery's support of
the Scottish National Party,
http://www.seanconnery.com/biography/knighthood/
Connery used half of his fee from
Diamonds Are Forever (1971) to establish a charity to
support deprived children in Edinburgh as well as Scottish Film
production. It was suggested in 1997 that the Labour government had
prevented him being knighted for his charitable work because of his
support for the SNP. At the time a Labour Party spokesman stated
Connery's knighthood had been blocked because of remarks the actor
had made in past interviews condoning the physical abuse of women.
His nationalist beliefs have often been derided by political
opponents, especially given his status as a
tax exile living in the
Bahamas.

Connery received the
Légion d'honneur in 1991. He received Kennedy Center
Honors from the
United States in 1999, presented to
him by President Bill Clinton. He received a knighthood on July 5,
2000, wearing a hunting tartan kilt of the MacLean of Duart clan.
He also received the Orden de Manuel Amador Guerrero from Mireya
Moscoso, former president of
Panama on 11
March 2003, for his talent and versatility as an actor.
Sean Connery 007 in Dr No

Born:

25 August 1930
Birthplace:

Edinburgh, Scotland
Best Known As:

The first James Bond in the
movies
Sean Connery
Occupation:

Actor
Active:

'50s-'90s
Major Genres:

Action, Drama
Career Highlights:

Goldfinger, The Untouchables, From
Russia With Love
First Major Screen Credit:

The Escaper's Club (1956)

Health

In 1993 news that Connery was
undergoing radiation treatment for an undisclosed throat ailment
sparked media reports that the actor was suffering from throat
cancer
following years of heavy smoking, and he was falsely declared dead
by the Japanese and South African news agencies. Connery
immediately appeared on the David Letterman show to deny all of
this. In a February 1995 interview with
Entertainment Weekly, he claimed the radiation treatment
was to remove "nodules" from his vocal chords. In 2003 he had
surgery to remove cataracts from both eyes. On March 12, 2006, he
announced he was recovering from surgery to remove a kidney tumour
in January. The tumour is thought to have been benign.
Producer
- filmography

(2000s) 1990s)
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

(2003) (executive producer)
... aka LXG (USA: promotional abbreviation)
... aka Liga der außergewöhnlichen Gentlemen, Die
(Germany)
... aka The League (USA: promotional title)
Finding Forrester

(2000) (producer)
Entrapment

(1999) (producer)
... aka Verlockende Falle (Germany)
The Rock

(1996) (executive
producer)
Just Cause

(1995) (executive
producer)
Rising Sun
(1993) (executive
producer)
Medicine Man

(1992) (executive producer)
... aka The Last Days of Eden
Sean Connery

- League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Bond Chronology:

SEAN CONNERY
BORN
Edinburgh, 1930
HEIGHT 188 centimetres
AGE WHEN HE FIRST PLAYED BOND 32

GEORGE LAZENBY
BORN NSW, 1939
HEIGHT 189 centimetres
AGE WHEN HE PLAYED BOND 30

ROGER MOORE
BORN Stockwell, London, 1927
HEIGHT 185 centimetres
AGE WHEN HE FIRST PLAYED BOND 46

TIMOTHY DALTON
BORN
Wales, 1944
HEIGHT 188 centimetres
AGE WHEN HE FIRST PLAYED BOND 43

PIERCE BROSNAN
BORN County Louth, Ireland, 1953
HEIGHT 185 centimetres
AGE WHEN HE FIRST PLAYED BOND 42
Sean Connery at the Mister Universe
Trivia
Sean Connery, as a youth, had a job
delivering milk to Fettes College, in Edinburgh, Scotland. This was
James Bond's second school.
He wore a toupee in all the James
Bond movies. He began losing his hair at 21. Privately and in most
other movies, he wears none.
In the cartoon series
Sonic Underground, Connery is the voice of Athair,
great-grandfather of Knuckles the Echidna. Also, in the Archie
Comics Sonic the Hedgehog series, there is a character named Sir
Connery, possibly for Sean, who is an anthropomorphic horse.
His first American television role
was as a porter in an episode of
The Jack Benny Show.
Originally it was intended by the
producers of
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier for Connery to play the
role of Sybok, but Connery was unavailable at the time. As an
in-joke, the mythical planet the crew is searching for in the movie
is named "Sha-ka-ree", a play on "
Sean
Conne
ry".
Darrell Hammond
plays Connery in the Celebrity
Jeopardy! sketches on
Saturday Night Live. In these sketches, Connery is the
contestant on all but two of the 13 sketches, where he insults host
Alex Trebek (played by Will Ferrell) with withering invective and
sexual innuendo, and blithely answers all questions incorrectly.
The sketches aired twice a season on SNL from 1996 to 2002, and
returned once more when Ferrell guest-hosted in 2005.
Starred in
Never Say Never Again with Klaus Maria Brandauer.
Coincidentally, Brandauer was originally considered to play Marko
Ramius in
The Hunt for Red October.
He has a tattoo that says "Scotland
Forever" on his forearm.
Was voted to have the worst movie
accent by Empire Magazine. He has been derided for using the same
accent for every character, despite playing roles as diverse as an
Irish cop (
The Untouchables), Richard I of England (
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves), and a Russian submarine
captain (
The Hunt for Red October).
Connery had been the original choice
for
The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) but declined, a decision he
later regretted. The role went to Steve McQueen. Coincidentally,
the 1999 remake of the same name starred the fifth Bond actor,
Pierce Brosnan.
Sean Connery's line in
Finding Forrester, "You're the man now, dog," became
immortalised as the phrase that started the YTMND website.
George Lucas
has said on multiple occasions that
Connery's portrayal of the character
James Bond was one of the primary
inspirations for his Indiana Jones character. As a tribute to this,
when casting his third Indiana Jones film,
The Last Crusade, Lucas chose Connery for the role of
Indiana's father, with his reasoning being"Who else could play
Indiana Jones' father, but the guy who inspired all of this in the
first place, James Bond himself!" (Sean Connery)
Sean Connery's likeness was used in
the MSX2 game
Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake as a template for the character
Big Boss. In turn, James Bond was used as a template for Naked
Snake, Big Boss' younger self in
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater.
According to the "behind the scenes"
features of the DVD for
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Connery is an
excellent
golfer and also a very fine dancer;
castmate
Tony Curran recounts that his
mother visited the set when they were having "Jazz Night" and
Connery danced with her.
Sean Connery is a member of Pine
Valley, considered by golf experts and magazines as the #1 Golf
Course in the World. The course is located in the Pine Barrens of
Southern New Jersey.
Is the honorary chairman of the
Friends of Scotland organization.
Was voted in a British survey to be
Britain's sexiest pensioner.
Connery's height is 6'2" (1.88
m).
While filming "Another Time, Another
Place" with Lana Turner, her lover, a hoodlum named Johnny
Stompanato, arrived at the studio in response to rumors that she
was having an affair with Connery. He waved a gun in Connery's
face, and Connery delivered an effective beating. Later, a jury
would decide Turner's 14-year old daughter had acted in
self-defense when she stabbed the abusive Stompanato to death;
according to a forthcoming biography by Robert Sellers, the
gangster Mickey Cohen thought Connery was in some way responsible
for the death, and Connery spent some time in hiding.
In his initial interview for the
role of James Bond, Connery apparently wore a baggy sweater and
slacks, banged the table and told the producers what he wanted,
even refusing a screen test. This all however worked in his favour
as Cubby Broccoli soon cast him in the coveted part, admiring the
actor's "ballsy" attitude.
Ian Fleming, the author of the James
Bond novels and movies, initially had reservations about the
casting of Sean Connery for the first James Bond film, saying
Connery was "too unrefined." However, Fleming would later change
his mind, and say that Connery was ideal for the role.
In the computer game Warcraft III,
clicking on the Mountain King unit produces a variety of lines
delivered by Connery and actors portraying him.
Sean Connery has never appeared on
Jeopardy! Alex Trebek has said he would love for Connery
to be a contestant.
Sean Connery

as Marko Ramus
The Hunt for Red October
Year
Title
Role
2003
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Allan Quatermain
2000
Finding Forrester
William Forrester
1999
Entrapment
Robert MacDougal
1998
Playing by Heart
Paul
The Avengers
Sir August de Wynter
1996
The Rock
John Patrick Mason
Dragonheart
Draco
1995
First Knight
King Arthur
Just Cause
Paul Armstrong
The Thief and the Cobbler
Tack the Cobbler
1994
A Good Man in Africa
Dr. Alex Murray
1993
Rising Sun
Capt. John Connor
1992
Medicine Man
Dr. Robert Campbell
1991
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
King Richard
Highlander II: The Quickening
Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos
Ramirez
1990
The Russia House
Bartholomew 'Barley' Scott
Blair
The Hunt for Red October
Captain Marko Ramius
1989
Family Business
Jessie McMullen
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Professor Henry Jones
1988
The Presidio
Lt. Col. Alan Caldwell
1987
The Untouchables
Jim Malone
1986
The Name of the Rose
William of Baskerville
Highlander
Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos
Ramirez
1984
Sword of the Valiant: The Legend of Sir Gawain and
the Green Knight
The Green Knight
1983
Never Say Never Again
James Bond
Sean Connery's Edinburgh
Himself
1982
Wrong Is Right
Patrick Hale
Five Days One Summer
Douglas Meredith
G'ole!
Narrator
1981
Time Bandits
King Agamemnon/Fireman
Outland
O'Niel
1979
Cuba
Maj. Robert Dapes
Meteor
Dr. Paul Bradley
The First Great Train Robbery
Edward Pierce/John
Simms/Geoffrey
1977
A Bridge Too Far
Maj. Gen. Roy Urquhart
1976
The Next Man
Khalil Abdul-Muhsen
1976
Robin and Marian
Robin Hood
1975
The Man Who Would Be King
Daniel Dravot
The Wind and the Lion
Mulay Achmed Mohammed el-Raisuli the
Magnificent
The Dream Factory
Himself
Ransom
Nils Tahlvik
1974
Murder on the Orient Express
Colonel Arbuthnot
Zardoz
Zed
1973
The Offence
Detective Sergeant Johnson
1972
A Spain Golf Course
Himself
1971
Diamonds Are Forever
James Bond
The Anderson Tapes
John Anderson
The Red Tent
Roald Amundsen
1970
The Molly Maguires
Jack Kehoe
1969
The Bowler and the Bonnet
Himself
1968
Shalako
Moses Zebulon 'Shalako'
Carlin
1967
You Only Live Twice
James Bond
1966
A Fine Madness
Samson Shillitoe
A New World
Himself
1965
Thunderball
James Bond
The Hill
Trooper Joe Roberts
1964
Goldfinger
James Bond
Women of Straw
Anthony Richmond
Marnie
Mark Rutland
1963
From Russia with Love
James Bond
1962
Dr. No
James Bond
The Longest Day
Pte. Flanagan
1961
The Frightened City
Paddy Damion
On the Fiddle
Pedlar Pascoe
1959
Tarzan's Greatest Adventure
O'Bannion
Darby O'Gill and the Little People
Michael McBride
1958
Another Time, Another Place
Mark Trevor
1957
Time Lock
Welder #2
Action of the Tiger
Mike
Hell Drivers
Johnny Kates
No Road Back
Spike
1954
Lilacs in the Spring
Undetermined Role (uncredited)