Sean Connery: The Ultimate James Bond Who Ever Lived
Scottish, 6 foot 2, suave and dangerous, Sean Connery was the first man to utter the words
now etched in history – ‘The name’s Bond. James Bond.’
Ian Flemming, the author of the 007 novels, vehemently spoke against Connery’s casting as
the agent but was afterward so impressed with his acting that he gave Agent 007 a Scottish
background in subsequent books.
And that’s the kind of man Sean Connery was: impressive.
Born Thomas Sean Connery on August 25 th , 1930, in Edinburgh, Scotland, Connery left
school at the age of 14 and started his first job as a milkman, delivering milk to people’s
doorsteps in a horse-drawn cart. He served three years in the Royal Navy, worked as a
bricklayer, a lifeguard, an artist’s model, a coffin polisher, and even competed in
bodybuilding competitions, placing third in his division in the Mr. Universe contest of 1950.
Connery loved football, and was an avid player as well; he even got offered a football
contract by Sir Matt Busby, who was once the manager of Manchester United. If he had taken
that offer, the cinematic universe would never have known what it missed.
But he didn’t take it.
Sean Connery got interested in acting, and had some acting roles in theatre, before appearing
in a British gangster film in 1957.
But it is James Bond that catapulted him into the starlight. Sean Connery appeared as the
titular character in Dr. No, and the rest was history. But after acting in six James Bond
movies, he quit the role, opting for more variety in his films.
Connery won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Untouchables and
appeared in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade as Harrison Ford’s character’s father, a role
both actors were uncomfortable because there were just 12 years apart.
But they pulled off the father-son roles perfectly, to the audience’s great delight.
Sean Connery was named Sexiest Man Alive when he was 59 years old, and Sexiest Man of the Century when he was almost 70.
Connery was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2000 and retired from acting in 2003. A proud Scotsman, who was vocal about Scottish independence, Connery published his autobiography, Being a Scot, in 2008, and received several awards and honors throughout his illustrious acting career.
He celebrated his 90th birthday in August, and died in his sleep on the 31st of October, in the Bahamas. He is survived by his wife, Micheline, his son Jason, and a grandson.
His memory will always live on.