RIP Sean Connery: James Bond actor who starred in From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Ceaselessly dies at 90 – art and culture


Sean Connery, the Scottish-born actor who was once the first to utter the famed film line, “the name’s Bond, James Bond,” has died. He was once 90. His death was once confirmed by his circle of relatives, the BBC reported. Though he made more than 60 films, winning an Academy Award for his supporting role as an incorruptible lawman on the trail of Al Capone in “The Untouchables” (1987), Connery was once most closely affiliated with the debonair fictional British spy he portrayed seven times.

He introduced Bond and his trademark greeting in “Dr. No” (1962), which turned Connery into an international star. He would go on to play the womanizing, dinner-suited, martini-quaffing spy, created by Ian Fleming, in “From Russia With Love” (1963), “Goldfinger” (1964), “Thunderball” (1965), “You Only Live Twice” (1967) and “Diamonds Are Ceaselessly” (1971). In 1983, Connery starred in one more Bond film, “Never Say Never Again.”

“Connery was once all the time my favorite Bond, and I’d be mendacity whether I said I didn’t feel the pressure to measure up to him,” Pierce Brosnan said in an interview with Cinefantastique magazine in 1995, the year he took over the Bond role.

Brosnan, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton and Daniel Craig also played Bond on the big screen, none capturing the same following as Connery. In a 2012 ballot by the NPR news association, Connery was once voted the most productive Bond actor, with 56% of the votes. Craig came in second, with 28%.

Sexiest Man

People magazine named Connery its sexiest man alive for 1989. In 1997, the magazine hailed him for remaining “a man’s man of action who still leaves women as shaken as any of Bond’s martinis.” Peter Rainer, a former Bloomberg News critic, in 2006 called Connery “the infrequent example of a performer who became a versatile actor after being identified with a famed role.” Along with Connery’s Oscar-winning performance, Rainer cited his roles as a sadistic London police detective in Sidney Lumet’s “The Offence,” a British soldier in “The Man Who Would Be King” and a dashing thief in Michael Crichton’s “The Great Train Robbery,” all released in the 1970s.

Favourite Movie

He played the estranged father of Harrison Ford’s swashbuckling archaeologist in “Indiana Jones and the Final Campaign” (1989), the mutinous commanding officer of a Soviet submarine in “The Hunt for Red October” (1990), King Arthur in “First Knight” (1995) and a reclusive white creator who mentors a talented Black teenager in “Finding Forrester” (2000). His final featured role in a movie was once “The League of Peculiar Gentlemen” (2003).

Connery told the U.K. Day-to-day Record in August 2010, as he turned 80, that “From Russia With Love” was once his favorite Bond film. “The story was once intriguing, and the locations were intriguing,” he said. “It was once an international film in each and every sense of the word.” The U.K. Guardian reported in 2004 that, when asked whether he would ever escape his identification with Bond, Connery replied, “Not yet. It’s with me ‘til I go in the box.”

Thomas Sean Connery was once born on Aug. 25, 1930, in the working-class Fountainbridge district of western Edinburgh. The elder of two boys, he first slept in a drawer in a traditional tight Scottish apartment called a tenement. His home was once toppled decades ago, though there’s a plaque with his name on it at a new housing development there.

Royal Navy

Connery left school at 14 and began working a range of jobs including bricklayer, lifeguard and coffin polisher. At 16, he joined the Royal Navy for three years before a belly ulcer prompted his return to civilian life in Edinburgh.

At 19, he posed as a mannequin at the Edinburgh Art School. Bodybuilding and a shot at the Mr. Universe title — he came in third — in the long run led to a career in acting. He turned down a trial with English soccer club Manchester United.

Connery spent much of the 1950s modeling, playing bit theatrical parts and making the abnormal refrain appearance. Then in 1958, he won his first remarkable movie role, playing contrary Lana Turner in “Another Time, Another Place” as a war correspondent who falls in love with a female American journalist.

He stuck with acting until he won the role that made him a household name.

Writer’s Choice

Fleming, as creator of the Bond novels, reserved the correct to approve the actor who would play the character on movie, and he wanted that to be Cary Grant, according to a 1989 Los Angeles Times article. The team making the Bond films, led by producer Albert Broccoli, couldn’t have enough money this type of big star. Broccoli was once intrigued by Connery’s performance in the Walt Disney Productions movie “Darby O’Gill and the Little People” (1959). After Broccoli’s wife, Dana, told him that Connery “has sex appeal,” he insisted on casting him as Bond.

Connery’s role as Jim Malone, a Road hard Chicago cop who helps Eliot Ness track down mobster Al Capone in “The Untouchables,” won him a Golden Globe Award in addition to his Oscar. In 2000, Connery was once knighted by Queen Elizabeth II after a delay that he attributed to his ardent give a boost to of Scottish independence from the U.K. One of two tattoos he got after joining the Navy said “Scotland Ceaselessly.”

Politics in Scotland became more important in Connery’s life as he got older. In 1995, he deposited 750,000 pounds ($853,700) in a Bank of Scotland account with the plan to donate the monthly interest to the Scottish National Party, he told the Herald newspaper in 2003.

Connery, then again, was once reluctant to delve deeper into politics. “I’m too naive to be a politician,” he told the Glasgow, Scotland-based Herald when interviewed at his home in the Bahamas. “Politicians don’t have enough dream in them. I in fact imagine that things may also be done.” Connery married Dressing-born artist Micheline Roquebrune in 1975. With his first wife, Diane Cilento, he had a son, Jason Connery.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)

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