Sean Connery

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It’s said that Ian Fleming personally trained the raw young Connery on how to move, gesture and carry himself in the suave manner befitting the author’s idealised version of a British secret agent – like Fleming himself, in other words. Connery went on to rival John Wayne for elegance in motion. A genuine cinematic great.

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60 Responses to Sean Connery

  1. Bruce in WA

    A genuine cinematic great.

    Perhaps … but a hypocritical arsehole in real life.

  2. Colonel Crispin Berka

    That is some glum news.

    And who’s going to save you, Junior?
    Let me get out of theesh wet clothesh and into a dry martini.
    🍸🕵
    Cheers, Mr Connery.

  3. Sunbird

    To me he was just another wealthy actor who supports gun control.
    Plenty more where he came from.

  4. Dusty

    Man loved a cheap barber. He couldn’t pass on the shavings.

  5. Scott Osmond

    Whenever I think of Bond he’s the one that springs to mind. Every other actor has been a pale imitation. This is fitting as what they have done to the character has killed him off for me.

  6. Fair Shake

    Without him, the West would not have accessed the stealth caterpillar drive from the Typhoon class submarines. Thank you Marko Ramius.

  7. Herodotus

    He was the best choice for the part, fitting Fleming’s own descriptions very well. Cubby Broccoli’s daughter was out here some years ago and in an interview said they (Saltzman & Broccoli, the producers) had hired him at least in part because he was “testosterone in a suit”.

  8. Zyconoclast

    I fondly remember reading all the Fleming Bond books when I was 14.
    The blurb on the inside cover was something like:
    Bond the man every other man wanted to be and the man every woman wanted between the sheets.

    Never really liked the movies.

  9. cuckoo

    A real shock. Unlike Goldfinger, I didn’t expect him to die. I will mark his passing by watching my DVD of The Man who would be King.

  10. cuckoo

    He was the best choice for the part, fitting Fleming’s own descriptions very well.

    Apparently Fleming thought the man who best matched his own mental image of Bond was…Hoagy Carmichael?

  11. cuckoo

    Funnily enough, that first scene in the Casino is one of the few times Bond is shown smoking. Almost the only other time is when he ‘smokes’ a missile-tipped cigarette in You Only Live Twice.

  12. duncanm

    cuckoo
    #3639634, posted on November 1, 2020 at 7:50 am

    Funnily enough, that first scene in the Casino is one of the few times Bond is shown smoking. Almost the only other time is when he ‘smokes’ a missile-tipped cigarette in You Only Live Twice.

    internet says no

  13. stackja

    Captain Ramius: “… and the sea will grant each man new hope, as sleep brings dreams of home.” Christopher Columbus.

  14. jo

    Bond was everything Fleming wasn’t. Fleming was an ineffectual nobody. Dusko Popov describes Fleming perfectly. Popov was probably the most effectual spy ever. His work during WWII reads more like fiction than fiction. The Germans thought he worked for them when in fact he was a counter spy that paved the way for D-Day. Connery was good even with a Scots accent as Ramius.

  15. Boxcar

    I should tell my wife, but I think it will be easier if she hears it on tonight’s news.

  16. Leigh Lowe

    Fair Shake

    #3639607, posted on November 1, 2020 at 6:39 am

    Without him, the West would not have accessed the stealth caterpillar drive from the Typhoon class submarines. Thank you Marko Ramius.

    And the Highland Cossack accent.
    Let’s not forget that.

  17. Leigh Lowe

    Boxcar

    #3639655, posted on November 1, 2020 at 8:26 am

    I should tell my wife, but I think it will be easier if she hears it on tonight’s news.

    Steady on.
    He was alright, but he was no George Lazenby.

  18. Tom

    The old bugger made it to 90. It’s funny how the mind plays tricks: I had thought Connery died years ago and was surprised to hear he was alive until this week.

    I hope he understood that, as a spectacular winner of the genetic lottery, he was a very lucky man, even if all he ever did was lie for a living.

    His James Bond is my reference point for the franchise.

  19. Nob

    jo
    #3639648, posted on November 1, 2020 at 8:15 am
    Bond was everything Fleming wasn’t. Fleming was an ineffectual nobody. Dusko Popov describes Fleming perfectly. Popov was probably the most effectual spy ever. His work during WWII reads more like fiction than fiction. The Germans thought he worked for them when in fact he was a counter spy that paved the way for D-Day

    Pretty much every German “spy” in WW2 Britain was a double agent being used against the Germans. It was incredible. Many never even existed and the Brit spymasters got so involved with their creations that they almost lost track of who was meant to be who.

    Read Ben McIntyre’s terrific books Agent Zigzag, Double-cross, Operation Mincemeat , all from updated info since documents were released this century.

  20. ArgyBargy

    First Mrs Peel, now Bond, can this year get any worse for British intelligence?

  21. jo

    Thanks Nob will look out for it. Popov created fake spy rings in England to verify the info he gave the Germans. Popovs book Spy Counter Spy is well worth the read.

  22. jo

    The old bugger made it to 90. It’s funny how the mind plays tricks: I had thought Connery died years ago and was surprised to hear he was alive until this week.

    Tom you were thinking of Roger Moore

  23. duncanm

    Another great spy book is the story of Oleg Gordievsky and his extraction from Soviet Russia after running as the UK’s spy during the cold war.

    Target shopping bags and mars bars at fifty paces.

  24. duncanm

    Gordievsky is the sort of bloke that Putin would want pierced by a polonium dart in a random UK park, even to this day.

  25. Tintarella di Luna

    I liked Sean Connery when he was play acting other people but Sean Connery the man was rather ornery. Sad to hear of his passing RIP

  26. duncanm

    The best tribute to Sean Connery from some years back

  27. Walter Plinge

    A still-watchable and still obtainable film with Connery in an early, small speaking role is Hell Drivers (1957). It had an all-star cast. Rates 84% on Rotten Tomatoes. Connery is well down the list:

    Stanley Baker
    Tom Yately
    Herbert Lom
    Gino Rossi
    Peggy Cummins
    Patrick McGoohan
    William Hartnell
    Wilfrid Lawson
    Sidney James
    Jill Ireland
    Alfie Bass
    Gordon Jackson
    David McCallum
    Jimmy Yately
    Sean Connery

  28. cuckoo

    internet says no

    You got me there Duncanm. I suppose it’s my blindspot regarding Lazenby: terrible, terrible film. In one scene, Lazenby-Bond leers at the foldout in a copy of Playboy. If there’s somebody that doesn’t need to look at nudie mags, its’ James Frickin’ Bond.

  29. cuckoo

    internet says no

    This organization will not tolerate failure. Excuse me while I walk across this small footbridge over a suspiciously bubbly indoor pond.

  30. max

    Connery’s choice in wives was odd. Diane Cilento for ten years. and she had some exasperated observations to make after it was all done. Then his second from the Caribbean I vaguely remember as someone prepared to put up with anything, rather like the older Packer women.

  31. stackja

    Jim Malone: You wanna get Capone? Here’s how you get him. He pulls a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue! That’s the Chicago way.

  32. johanna

    Nobody should be surprised that their heroes on the screen or in music have feet of clay IRL. That’s showbiz.

    Nevertheless, Connery was a man’s man in the old fashioned sense on screen, and without him the Fleming character would be forgotten by now. He was, to put it bluntly, a hunk, and he had a wonderful voice.

    He wasn’t a great actor, but certainly a good one. His performance in The Name of the Rose is a favourite of mine.

    He faked authenticity extremely well – what more can one ask of a member of his craft?

    Also, his feet were well and truly on the ground, probably because of his early years where survival depended on being sensible and un-precious. He never fell into the drink and drugs and neurosis trap that many of his peers did (and still do.)

    RIP, Sean.

  33. Makka

    Read Ben McIntyre’s terrific books Agent Zigzag, Double-cross, Operation Mincemeat , all from updated info since documents were released this century.

    “A Bodyguard of Lies” covers all those operations too as well as the work done by the XX Committee. From very early on the Abwehr was deeply compromised with the Nazi Black Orchestra (Schwarze Kapelle) trying so hard to fashion up a peace settlement with the Allies. Which was regularly rejected.

    Thanks for the McIntyre reference.

  34. EvilElvis

    All this talk of Bond, The Untouchables etc etc. Yawn!

    He partly starred in what can only be described as a cinematic and cultural tour de force which has influenced millions worldwide. Unfortunately he was slightly overshadowed in that film by another actor who would be considered in the theatrical greats.

    Highlander.

    There can be only one.

    😪

  35. Roger

    I think it is Michael Caine who tells a story about being in a dole queue and the bloke in front of him was Sean Connery. Years later they teamed up in The Man Who Would Be King – a very memorable film version of Kipling’s story.

  36. candy

    The best James Bond, the perfect hero spy character, and a very handsome and well built elegant chap.
    Always nice how well groomed men were in the movies in those times.

  37. Daily llama

    Check out “The Hill”, great film

  38. johanna

    I linked to ‘Hell Drivers’ on the OT a while back – but then it was taken down by the copyright Stasi at Youtube. If it pops up again, it is worth a look. Not for Sean (he had a tiny part) but the driving scenes are epic. Trucks gone wild in the 1950s. Awesome.

  39. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    He wasn’t a great actor, but certainly a good one. His performance in The Name of the Rose is a favourite of mine.

    Second that!

  40. Pedro the Loafer

    James Bond set the benchmark for gentlemanly manners, behaviour and fashion for a generation, the very worst aspects of an old fashioned cad and the ruthlessness of a Mafia hitman.

    Marvellous character, superbly played by Sir Sean Connery.

    Ave atque vale, Sir Sean.

  41. dover_beach

    Agree with Johanna at 11.26.

    BTW, great scene. Eunice Gayson, wow. stunning.

  42. Tom Appleton

    A ‘Hell Drivers’ trailer (2m22s)
    Sean Connery appears in this clip (50s)

  43. Walter Plinge

    Re Hell Drivers —

    Not for Sean (he had a tiny part) but the driving scenes are epic. Trucks gone wild in the 1950s.

    The driving scenes were filmed at regular speeds and speeded up in post-production.

    A note from Wikipedia: “On 20 March 2017, Network Distributing issued a Blu-ray, with the film restored by the BFI, and included a swathe of special features.”.

  44. Watch Your Back

    I think it was Terence Young who taught Connery how to dress and move, and probably camera craft. Most of the budget for Dr No went on Bond’s clothes. Even the Sunbeam Alpine was hired by the day.

    The feminists don’t like the Bond character these last 20 years. Yet I recall the women in Dr No. Honey was tough and violent, and Sylvia Tench seduced Bond, breaking into his flat. She seduces him again in From Russia with Love, and then Tatiana Romanova turned up naked in his bed. In Goldfinger he seduced Jill Masterton and then there was a bit of boisterous foreplay with Pussie Galore, another strong woman. In Thunderball he strokes a woman with a mink glove, before saving Domino from torture. In You Only Live Twice he loved Aki.

    Such revolting sexism.

  45. Squirrel

    Goldfinger was the absolute highlight of the Connery Bond era – pure entertainment, from the opening notes of that ripping theme, and the source of a line which embodies great wisdom – “once is an accident, twice is coincidence, three times is enemy action”.

  46. mareeS

    The Man Who Would Be King. He and Michael Caine brought Rudyard Kipling to th big screen in a wonderful film.

  47. mareeS

    PS, some here have referred to Connery as a cranky type in personal life. My husband of 45yrs is a Scot and a cranky sod in private, but very funny in public. I think that goes for most Scotsmen, in their genes.

  48. Archivist

    Bond was everything Fleming wasn’t. Fleming was an ineffectual nobody. Dusko Popov describes Fleming perfectly. Popov was probably the most effectual spy ever. His work during WWII reads more like fiction than fiction.

    That’s misinformation.

    Popov was a sneaky, untrustworthy triple-agent, and he caused trouble long after the war.
    Fleming never spilled secrets he wasn’t supposed to spill, so in that respect he was a more honorable man and better spy than Popov.

  49. Rod W

    Sad to hear the news. Mr Connery was once married to my mum’s second cousin – true story.

    https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/78/285×214/276171_1.jpg

  50. Crazyoldranga

    Re: Popov, try Into The Lions Mouth by Larry Loftis.

  51. Archivist

    Most of our knowledge of Popov comes from…. Popov.
    He wrote an autobiography which, unsurprisingly, made him look very good. Not only a super spy but a charming ladies man as well.
    Long after the war, he was propagating the anti-american conspiracy theory about a Pearl Harbor cover-up. Disinformation. Same with his belittling of Ian Fleming. More anti-West disinformation.

  52. Jo

    Thanks Archivist I had always wondered why I had never heard of him before reading his book. However after meeting some of our spies I think spies and honourable don’t belong in the same sentence.

  53. Jo

    Archivist is that you David?

  54. Crazyoldranga

    One of my favourite Connery lines in a movie:

    “Losers always whine about their best. Winners go home and fcuk the prom queen!”

  55. Graham

    Now that he has gone we can only hope that Roger Moore is keeping well.

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