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Entertainment Sean Connery, a lion of cinema whose roar went beyond Bond

23:25  31 october  2020
23:25  31 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

The life of Sean Connery and why he was one of Scotland's greatest

  The life of Sean Connery and why he was one of Scotland's greatest While the world fawned over his good looks and distinct accent, Sean Connery never forgot his roots.His performance in Dr No in 1962 set the proud Scot on a path that would lead to Hollywood stardom.

Sir Thomas Sean Connery (25 August 1930 – 31 October 2020) was a Scottish actor and producer. He was best known as the first actor to portray the character James Bond in film

For many, Sean Connery was the definitive James Bond . His great rival, Roger Moore, by contrast, simply cocked an eyebrow, smiled and did a quip. But whereas Ian Fleming's hero went to Eton, Connery 's own background was noticeably short of fast cars, beautiful women and vodka Martinis

Writing an appreciation of Sean Connery feels inevitably inadequate compared to experiencing the real thing. To glimpse his magnetism, you might turn to a photograph of him in a tailored suit, leaning against an Aston Martin. You’d probably get more of his menacing charisma by pulling up the “Chicago way” scene from “The Untouchables.”

FILE - This March 4, 1992 file photo shows actor Sean Connery during a news conference in Hamburg, Germany.  Connery, considered by many to have been the best James Bond, has died aged 90, according to an announcement from his family.(AP Photo/Christian Eggers, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - This March 4, 1992 file photo shows actor Sean Connery during a news conference in Hamburg, Germany. Connery, considered by many to have been the best James Bond, has died aged 90, according to an announcement from his family.(AP Photo/Christian Eggers, File)

It might be enough simply to say: The king is dead.

Sean Connery, the 'original' James Bond, dies at 90

  Sean Connery, the 'original' James Bond, dies at 90 LONDON (AP) — Sean Connery, the charismatic Scottish actor who rose to international superstardom as the suave secret agent James Bond and then abandoned the role to carve out an Oscar-winning career in other rugged roles, has died. He was 90. Connery’s wife and two sons said he “died peacefully in his sleep surrounded by family” in the Bahamas, where he lived. Son Jason Connery said his father had been “unwell for some time.” Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said they were “devastated” by the news. They said Connery's “gritty and witty portrayal of the sexy and charismatic secret agent” was largely responsible for the success of the film series.

Sir Sean Connery , best known for his role as the first James Bond on the big screen, has died aged 90. He appeared in seven of the spy thrillers and various other films in an acting career that spanned decades. In 1988 he won an Oscar for his role as an Irish cop in The Untouchables.

Sean Connery , the Scottish-born actor who rocketed to fame as James Bond and became one of the movies’ most popular and enduring international stars, has died. He was 90. Connery was an audience favorite for more than 40 years and one of the screen’s most reliable and distinctive leading men.

As a lion of movies for half a century, Connery’s talent was manifest. He was famously cast as James Bond without a screen test. It was that obvious. And from then on, in even the lesser films, Connery, who died Saturday at 90, was never out of place on screen. His presence was absolute. Noting his supreme confidence, the late film critic Pauline Kael once wrote, “I don’t know any man since Cary Grant that men have wanted to be so much.”

FILE - In this undated file photo, Sean Connery, as James Bond, poses in an event for the movie 'Thunderball'.   Scottish actor Sean Connery, considered by many to have been the best James Bond, has died aged 90, according to an announcement from his family. (AP Photo, FILE) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this undated file photo, Sean Connery, as James Bond, poses in an event for the movie 'Thunderball'. Scottish actor Sean Connery, considered by many to have been the best James Bond, has died aged 90, according to an announcement from his family. (AP Photo, FILE)

As a more earthy, macho movie-star ideal, Connery was so beloved that he was shared, like folklore, between generations. It helped that he never seemed to be appealing to the audience, or to anybody, for anything. With raised eyebrows and roguish wisecracks, there was little that Connery (nearly always the lead) didn’t command. And to a certain extent, that cocksureness shaped his career, too.

From 1950s to the noughties, Sir Sean Connery's career in pictures

  From 1950s to the noughties, Sir Sean Connery's career in pictures After catapulting to fame as the first ever James Bond, Sir Sean Connery had a Hollywood career spanning 50 years which secured him prestigious awards including an Oscar and two Baftas. After his first major appearance in 1957 British gangster film No Road Back, the former milkman became a Hollywood star as the first James Bond in 1962 film Dr No.Sir Sean played Bond in seven films - Dr No (1962), From Russia With Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), Diamonds Are Forever (1971) and Never Say Never Again (1983).

image captionSir Sean Connery was the first actor to play the fictional secret agent on film, appearing with Ursula Andress in the first Bond film, Dr No, in 1962. image captionHe set the template for Bond as the suave, dashing hero who was surrounded by beautiful women - such as here in 1967's You

Sir Sean Connery , the Academy Award-winning actor famous for playing James Bond , has died, the BBC reported Saturday. "He was and shall always be remembered as the original James Bond whose indelible entrance into cinema history began when he announced those unforgettable words

FILE - In this 1964 file photo shows actor Sean Connery, born in Edinburgh, Scotland. Scottish actor Sean Connery, considered by many to have been the best James Bond, has died aged 90, according to an announcement from his family. (AP Photo, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this 1964 file photo shows actor Sean Connery, born in Edinburgh, Scotland. Scottish actor Sean Connery, considered by many to have been the best James Bond, has died aged 90, according to an announcement from his family. (AP Photo, File)

Connery, 32 when “Dr. No” came out,” had already lived through World War II. Born into poverty in Edinburgh, he left school at age 13 during the war and worked as a laborer and a bricklayer before he donned the tuxedo. He saw Bond, too, as a product of the war.

“Bond came on the scene after the War, at a time when people were fed up with rationing and drab times and utility clothes and a predominantly gray color in life,” Connery, who served in the British Navy as a teenager, told Playboy in 1965. “Along comes this character who cuts right through all that like a very hot knife through butter, with his clothing and his cars and his wine and his women.”

Robert De Niro pays tribute to his former co-star Sir Sean Connery

  Robert De Niro pays tribute to his former co-star Sir Sean Connery The Scottish actor appeared in seven of the James Bond thrillers between 1962 and 1983. © Provided by PA Media Sean Connery at 30 (PA) Sir Sean’s five-decade career saw him win an Oscar, two Baftas and three Golden Globes.His other notable films include Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade, Highlander and The Hunt For Red October.He was on a number of occasions voted by fans as the best actor to have played 007 in the long-running franchise, beating Craig and Sir Roger Moore.He was knighted in the 2000 New Year Honours for services to film drama.In August, he celebrated his 90th birthday.

Scottish movie legend Sean Connery , who shot to international stardom as British agent James Bond and went on to dominate the silver screen for four decades, has died aged 90, the BBC and Sky News reported on Saturday. Connery was raised in near poverty in the slums of Edinburgh and worked as a

Screen legend Sean Connery is being remembered fondly by James Bond franchise producers as well as current 007, Daniel Craig, in the wake of his Connery will be forever remembered primarily as the actor who brought the character of James Bond to life after existing solely on the pages of Ian

FILE - In this file photo dated April 11, 1988, Sean Connery holds up his best supporting actor Oscar for © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this file photo dated April 11, 1988, Sean Connery holds up his best supporting actor Oscar for "The Untouchables" at the 60th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles, Ca., USA. Scottish actor Sean Connery, considered by many to have been the best James Bond, has died aged 90, according to an announcement from his family. (AP Photo/Lennox McLendon, FILE)

Long after achieving fame, Connery contentedly gave it up. He spent his final two decades cheerfully retired in the Caribbean, often playing golf with his wife, unimpressed and little tempted by more modern Hollywood productions. (He said he was “fed up with the idiots.”)


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There was irony in that. Connery, as the original cinema Bond, did much to make the style and tone of today’s movie franchises — even if few carry a lick of Connery’s danger. His Bond heir Daniel Craig on Saturday credited Connery with helping “create the modern blockbuster.” It’s hard to imagine the suave secret-service spy would have ever become a cultural force if the franchise hadn’t from the start traded on its star’s brutal charm. Connery crucially added humor to Ian Fleming’s pages, along with a dash of cruelty.

Pierce Brosnan pays tribute to Sir Sean Connery as Hollywood mourns ‘true great’

  Pierce Brosnan pays tribute to Sir Sean Connery as Hollywood mourns ‘true great’ The revered actor, seen by many as the definitive James Bond, died at the age of 90.Sir Sean, seen in the eyes of many as the definitive James Bond, died “peacefully in his sleep surrounded by family” at home in the Bahamas on Saturday.

SEAN CONNERY , who tragically passed away at the age of 90 today, was nearly considered for a sensational return to the revamped James Bond However, talks later went nowhere with Mendes eventually deciding it wouldn't be right to have Connery play alongside the then-current Bond Daniel

Legendary James Bond star Sean Connery has died aged 90, leaving behind an incredible legacy of cinema . Connery had originally been unsure about signing on to the franchise, but his time as Bond proved to be iconic – so iconic, that Bond author Ian Fleming wrote Connery ’s Scottish heritage into

Connery’s Bond became etched as an icon of its era, one increasingly distant from today. He was the epitome of a dashing, womanizing, macho image that loomed over the second half of the 20th century. Connery differed from his character in many respects but not all. In that same Playboy interview, he explained why he believed hitting a woman with an open fist was justifiable.

Bond is the first word on Connery but it’s certainly not the last. Against the pleas of fans, he departed the character at 41 (he was later coaxed back for 1983’s “Never Say Never Again”), refusing to be typecast. His best and most interesting work all came after.

“The Hill” (1965) was the first a trio of films with Sidney Lumet (the others were “The Anderson Tapes” and “The Offense”), and while it’s less seen than many of Connery’s, it remains possibly the best expression of the actor’s rugged power. He plays a prisoner of indominable strength and defiance jailed in a sadistic British Army WWII military prison in the scorching Libyan desert.

He was a soldier again a decade later in John Huston’s “The Man Who Would Be King,” based on the Rudyard Kipling short story, playing a military officer who’s embraced as a god in Kafiristan, an impression he struggles to maintain. It’s a perfect role and performance for Connery, whose best work came when he — this former bodybuilder of unimpeachable force and magnetism — was humbled.

Sean Connery to be cremated in Bahamas as family pay tribute to 'legendary angel'

  Sean Connery to be cremated in Bahamas as family pay tribute to 'legendary angel' Sir Sean’s wife, Micheline, revealed that the actor wanted to be cremated in the Bahamas – where the couple lived for decades. She said: “We have not decided what to do. That is something we will talk about soon but he will be cremated in the Bahamas, which is what he wanted.” © Daily Record Sir Sean Connery with his granddaughter Saskia Last night, Sir Sean’s granddaughter, Saskia showed off never-before-seen pictures of the star. She said: “A surreal goodbye to my best friend, mentor and dear grandfather. “Thank you for all the wishes and we will get back to you all soon.

Connery’s confidence came through most dramatically when it was challenged by foes more formidable than a Bond villain. In his Oscar-winning performance in Brian De Palma’s Prohibition-era crime film, “The Untouchables,” he’s alive to Al Capone’s threat, telling Kevin Costner’s Treasury Department agent: “You see what I’m saying is, what are you prepared to do?”

Accepting the Academy Award, Connery addressed his wife since 1975, Micheline Roquebrune. “In winning this award, it creates a certain dilemma because I had decided that if I had the good fortune to win, that I would give it to my wife, who deserves it,” he said. “But, this evening, I discovered backstage that they’re worth $15,000 — now I am not so sure. Micheline, I am only kidding. It’s yours.”

Connery aged well as an actor, crafting more diverse and inquisitive portraits of masculinity. He played an aging Robin Hood, with Audrey Hepburn, in “Robin and Marian” (1976), a combustible submarine captain in John McTiernan’s “The Hunt for Red October” and a loveably playful father to Harrison Ford in Steven Spielberg’s “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” (1989).

Another “Indiana Jones,” Connery said, had been the only thing that really tempted him to come out of retirement. That could be because the glint of mischief that accompanied nearly every Connery performance was so present in “The Last Crusade.” Connery always left you feeling if not shaken then very happily stirred.

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