Theme Times – Sean Connery

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Sean Connery 2008 By Stuart Crawford

Sir Sean Connery (August 25, 1930 – October 31, 2020) was a Scottish actor and producer. He was the first actor to have portrayed the literary character James Bond in a theatrical film, starring in six EON Bond films between 1962 and 1971, then again in another Non-EON Bond film in 1983.

He was also known for his roles as Jimmy Malone in The Untouchables (1987), for which he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, along with his portrayals of Mark Rutland in Marnie (1964), Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez in Highlander (1986), Henry Jones Sr. in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), Captain Marko Aleksandrovich Ramius in The Hunt for Red October (1990), and Allan Quatermain in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003). Along with his Academy Award, Connery won two BAFTA Awards, three Golden Globes, and a Henrietta Award.

Sean Connery dedicated to Grace of Just Tawkin’ and Jenna Kirkpatrick

Like Grace and Jenna above and no doubt many of you as well, l had been a fan of Sean Connery for some time and was saddened at his recent death at the age of 90. It was just over two years ago now, that l created The Greats of our Time which also celebrated Sean’s work and performances and l do so again today in tribute to a solid actor indeed.

Here are 11 of his best roles in my opinion.

What are yours?

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From Russia with Love – 1963

James Bond searches a Lektor cryptographic device which has the potential to wreak havoc in the world and tackles SPECTRE, a secret crime organisation, from acquiring it.

The Hill – 1965

Fine performances from the likes of Sean Connery, Harry Andrews and Michael Redgrave in Sidney Lumet’s drama set in a harsh military stockade in WWII Africa.

A Bridge Too Far – 1977

The Allied armies concocted a plan to win the World War II at Arnhem. Disaster ensues when the area around Arnhem, including the key bridges of Germany, is loaded with armoured assaults.

Highlander – 1986

Highlander is a 1986 fantasy action-adventure film directed by Russell Mulcahy and based on a story by Gregory Widen. It stars Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Clancy Brown, and Roxanne Hart. 

The Untouchables – 1987

Despite Prohibition in the USA, a mobster, Al Capone, continues his illicit liquor business. A federal agent, Eliot Ness, is assigned to expose Capone’s illegal business and bring him to justice.

The Hunt for Red October – 1990

CIA analyst Jack Ryan thinks Soviet nuclear submarine commander Captain Marko Ramius is planning to defect but only has a few hours to find him and the submarine.

Rising Sun – 1993

Detective Web Smith and John Connor, a veteran cop, set out to investigate the murder of a professional escort who is killed during a party organised by a conglomerate.

The Rock – 1996

A dishonest Brigadier General Frank Hummel threatens the government to launch rockets on the city of San Francisco. However, a mild-mannered chemist and an ex-convict team up to stop the general.

Entrapment – 1999

Virginia, an insurance agent, sets out to nab MacDougal, a master thief who steals exquisite pieces of art. To do so, she masquerades as a thief herself and together they steal priceless artefacts.

Finding Forrester – 2000

Jamal, an African-American teenager, gains admission to a prestigious private school and discovers his talent for writing with the help of William Forrester, a reclusive author.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen – 2003

Famed adventurer Allain Quartermain is recruited by the British Empire for their League of Extraordinary Gentlemen in order to find the evil Fantom before he starts a world war.

Bonus Feature

So there we go folks, my personal favourites of Sean Connery’s – so were you a fan or … not?

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34 thoughts on “Theme Times – Sean Connery

        1. All good films, League was his last, because it apparently bombed at the Box Office and Connery couldn’t face another disaster or a flop so stopped his acting career with that film. I personally loved the film … it was wacky 🙂

  1. I was very impressed with the later day actor the he had become. Aging very gracefully. As a bond, he portrayed a character that wasn’t very sensitive or politically correct.

    1. It’s funny Sean Connery himself would probably say the same for his James Bond character for different reasons, but he hated playing Bond in many ways as much as Daniel Craig does.

  2. A lovely tribute, Rory. He was a wonderful actor and it’s so hard to choose from so many roles. I think I’d plump for some of his later movies – maybe his role in ‘The Rock’ and as Indy’s father, which he played with such humour.

    1. Hey Chris, that is the problem – as in so many roles to choose from – but l think with his tribute which was fairly hard to put together anyway – l wanted to display that he was more than Bond [a character he ended up hating] and Indie’s dad.

      I did display The Last Crusade in the first dedication – l mean in many ways Connery is what made that film seriously good, his portrayal of the father was superb.

      He had a great sense of humour, but some of these films define his actuality as an actor and of course one’s never going to create the perfect singing all dancing listing with someone like Connery.

      Glad you enjoyed the line up 🙂

  3. I’ll have to come back later to go through all the clips (I’m in the middle of the weekly house clean) – I’d forgotten all the great films he was in – while I haven’t seen all the Bond films, and missed a few of the others, I pretty much have seen the rest. I bet there is one film of his most people have never even heard of, and which I have seen more than once – it is super bad , a total howler – “Zardoz” (https://youtu.be/TVakHZp5ZBE)

    1. Hey Grace – hahaha l watched that many years ago!! It’s appalling!! 🙂

      But then Sean like many actors with that many roles under their belts have all appeared in some real ‘howlers’ like this …

      Sword Of The Valiant: The Legend Of Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

      1. Oh my word, that is almost as awful as Zardoz! Did he really need the money that bad to do these movies (perhaps he hadn’t really read the scripts???) LOL

        1. Haha – l know, we see these and we think ‘I must watch, she/he is a favourited actor of mine!!” But then … we start to think differently!!

          With Zardoz! l remember thinking “Dang he must be hard up!!!” 🙂

  4. I loved him as the voice of Draco in Dragonheart! Red October was excellent and Highlander and Indy’s Dad… yes, a great actor with a distinctive shexy voice 😉

    By appearances anyway, he lived a good, long life and left a great legacy!

  5. Aww yeah… I saw that 😔💔 I loved him in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

    The Untouchables and Finding Forrester ❤️ He has so many films to choose from

    Sad to lose someone so talented in his craft. May he rest in peace 🙏

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