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