Sad day for Bond fan's as Sir Sean Connery has died aged 90, my personal favourite actor to play James Bond besides his other back catalogue of movies, Outland, Hunt For Red October, Indiana Jones & Last Crusade, The Presidio, The Untouchables, The Rock etc......
R.I.P Sean & thank you for the many years of movie enjoyment you've brought me especially as James Bond 007 you made my dark times growing up a bit lighter.
Gutted, my favourite Bond, also love Outland & The Rock especially the quote his character Mason says below.
"Personally i think your a fu.king idiot"
I love the Rock for him and Ed Harris
Everyone else is treating as a run around Action er and both seem to have gone " Hang on there's a little plot in this our characters need depth and have similar back stories and they play this mutual respect that really lifts the film.
Personally I quite liked the films 'League of Extraordinary Gentlemen' & 'The Avengers' and would like to see the full Directors Cut of the latter see light of day. I remember that it was the box office and critical failure of the former that led to his retirement. As Michael Caine has said as a lifelong friend, Connery still wanted to play the romantic lead in big films, whilst he himself was happy to play older supporting roles (such as in the Christopher Nolan films) which explained the absence of Connery in the last decade and a half whereas Caine experienced a very late stage comeback.
He made some brave choices in the 1960's & 1970's in order to break free from Bond, such as The Hill, The Offence, The Anderson Tapes & Zardoz. The provided rewards in the 1980's & 1990's where he had a resurgence and a true Imperial Phase, with the likes of Outland, Time Bandits, Highlander, The Name of the Rose, The Untouchables, Indiana Jones...the list just went on. When most of his 1960's contemporaries were in the doldrums, he was back to being as big a box office draw as he was in his Bond days.
Its fair to say he was in a good place to enjoy his retirement too, being based in Barbados. Farewell, to the first and still the definitive, James Bond. RIP.
I never really rated him highly as an actor but within his range he was excellent. Loved him in Highlander, Red October, Outland and as Bond, of course, but he was terrific in Name Of The Rose, Untouchables and Last Crusade. Thank you, sir. I might read my Charlemagne and remember...
"There's a horror movie named Alien? That's really offensive. No wonder everybody keeps invading you."
Connery leaves behind a great legacy of work and when the film really suited him, he stole the show.
He’s not my favourite Bond, but it’s undeniable the impact that Connery had on the role and the franchise and making it a success on the big screen. I’ve been reading the Bond books over lockdown and you can tell when Dr No came out in terms of how Bond is portrayed in the books; he becomes half Scottish and is written more like Connery’s Bond than the literary incarnation. That shows the impact he had on Fleming of all people. The run of Dr No, From Russia With Love & Goldfinger is fantastic, defining the franchise for decades to come and truly altering cinema.
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