Some sad news to report from over the weekend that is sure to hit James Bond fans hard. The original 007, Sir Thomas Sean Connery, passed away on Saturday at his home in the Bahamas. His son Jason reported that he had been unwell for some time and that it was “A sad day for all who knew and loved my dad and a sad loss for all people around the world who enjoyed the wonderful gift he had as an actor.” In addition to being the first to play James Bond, Connery had a long and successful career with many other high points including an Oscar win for his role in The Untouchables and a beloved performance as Indy’s father in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. He was 90 years old.
Sean Connery was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and got his start at the King’s Theatre in his early 20s in a production of South Pacific. After landing some gigs as an extra and some small TV parts, he had his first major role as a gangster in Montgomery Tully’s No Road Back. Other early credits include Terence Young’s Action of the Tiger (who would go on to direct several Bond movies), Tarzan’s Greatest Adventure and Darby O’Gill and the Little People. Then came Dr. No in 1962 and everything changed for Connery.
He went on to play James Bond eight times on screen but managed to avoid being typecast and continued to have other noteworthy appearances in movies like Alfred Hitchcock’s Marnie, The Longest Day, Murder on the Orient Express, Robin and Marian, The Man Who Would Be King and A Bridge Too Far. Even throughout the ’80s and ’90s he had some of the biggest hits of his career including Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Rock, The Hunt for Red October, The Untouchables and Entrapment. Connery retired from acting after 2003’s A League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and that seems perfectly understandable in retrospect. What are your favourite Sean Connery movies?