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Sean Connery [15]


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Born:August 25, 1930
Died:October 31, 2020 (90)
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IMDB Rating:6.96 / 10
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List of Titles and Roles/Jobs:
Darby O'Gill and the Little People [1959](29) => Michael McBride
Dr. No [1962](32) => James Bond
From Russia with Love [1963](33) => James Bond
Goldfinger [1964](34) => James Bond
Thunderball [1965](35) => James Bond
You Only Live Twice [1967](37) => James Bond
Diamonds Are Forever [1971](41) => James Bond
Time Bandits [1981](51) => Fireman / King Agamemnon
Never Say Never Again [1983](53) => James Bond
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade [1989](59) => Professor Henry Jones
The Hunt For Red October [1990](60) => Captain Marko Ramius
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves [1991](61) => King Richard
First Knight [1995](65) => King Arthur
Dragonheart [1996](66) => Draco (voice)
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen [2003](73) => Allan Quatermain

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The Adventures of Baron Munchausen [1988]
  • The role of the King of the Moon was intended for Sean Connery until the role was largely cut. Sean Connery didn't think it was "kingly" enough, thus the role was played by Robin Williams.
    Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull [2008]
  • In the coffee shop, when the KGB agent come over and Mutt pulls out his switchblade Indy say, "I think you just brought a knife to a gun fight." This is a reference to Sean Connery's line in The Untouchables. Connery, of course, played Indy's father in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade [1989]
  • Sean Connery and Harrison Ford wore no trousers during the shooting of the entire Zeppelin sequence (mainly because it was filmed in a very hot studio and Connery didn't want to sweat too much).
  • Having Sean Connery play Jones' father was an inside joke to James Bond being the father of Indiana Jones. Steven Spielberg had always wanted to do a [Bond] film but did Indiana Jones as a James Bond type character.
  • Sean Connery is only 12 years older than Harrison Ford despite playing his father.
  • The gun used to shoot the Sean Connery character is a Walther PPK, which was the gun Connery used in his [James Bond] movies.
    Austin Powers in Goldmember [2002]
  • Sean Connery was considered to play Nigel Powers.
    Die Hard: With a Vengeance [1995]
  • Sean Connery was John McTiernan's very first choice for the role of Simon Gruber. He turned down the role, saying that he didn't want to play such a diabolical villain.
    Dr. No [1962]
  • To get a feel for the clothes, director Terence Young asked Sean Connery to sleep in his finely tailor fitted suit which was purchased at Turnbull and Asser Tailors and made to play James Bond.
  • Sean Connery wears a toupee in all his [James Bond] movies.
  • [?] Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli, the original producers of the [James Bond films], cast Sean Connery because they liked how he was a big, tough-looking man who nonetheless moved gracefully ("like a cat").
  • Sean Connery is morbidly afraid of spiders. The shot of the spider in his bed was originally done with a sheet of glass between him and the spider, but when this didn't look realistic enough, the scene was re-shot with stuntman Bob Simmons. Simmons reported that the tarantula crawling over Bond was the scariest stunt he had ever performed. According to [?] Steven Jay Rubin's 1981 book The James Bond Films, this tarantula was named Rosie.
    Dragonheart [1996]
  • More than 200 photos were taken of Sean Connery with a variety of facial expressions, and along with footage of his voice recording, were used to make the dragon bear a stronger resemblance to him.
    First Knight [1995]
  • Former [James Bond] director Terence Young was supposed to direct this film but died during early pre-production. It would have reunited him with his James Bond actor Sean Connery after 30 years. Their last movie together was Thunderball in 1965.
    GoldenEye [1995]
  • The [Bond] series traditional home at Pinewood Studios was unavailable, having being booked to shoot First Knight ironically starring original James Bond - Sean Connery. So, the producers created a new studio from a former Rolls Royce aircraft engine factory and aerodrome. This studio, at Leavesden in Hertfordshire, was named Leavesden Studios. It was subsequently used for Sleepy Hollow and Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace. GoldenEye was the first film to shoot at Leavesden Studios and when built, it was nicknamed by the production as "Cubbywood".
    Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves [1991]
  • Sean Connery was first offered the cameo of Lord Locksley (Brian Blessed) but passed as he felt he had been playing a lot of fathers in recent years.
    The Thomas Crown Affair [1968]
  • Sean Connery had been the original choice for the title role but declined, a decision he later regretted.
    Time Bandits [1981]
  • In the original script, King Agamemnon was introduced as: "The warrior took off his helmet, revealing someone that looks exactly like Sean Connery, or an actor of equal but cheaper stature." To Terry Gilliam's surprise, the script ended up in Connery's hands. He expressed interest in the part and his agent approached them for the role.
    Goldfinger [1964]
  • Sean Connery hurt his back during the fight sequence with Oddjob in Fort Knox. The incident delayed filming and some say that Connery used the injury to get a better deal out of the producers for the next 007 film.
  • This is the only Sean Connery-era Bond film without the villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld or explicit reference to his organization SPECTRE (SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion). However, Golfinger appears to be wearing a gold SPECTRE ring during the card game in Miami beach. Additionally, in retroactive continuity, Goldfinger is linked to SPECTRE in the video-game GoldenEye: Rogue Agent.
    The Hunt For Red October [1990]
  • $20,000 was spent on Sean Connery's hairpiece.
    You Only Live Twice [1967]
  • As this was anticipated to be Sean Connery's last appearance as Bond, publicity material released in advance of the movie announced Bond would be killed, married and become Japanese. While these events were portrayed in the film, they were actually ruses as part of Bond's undercover activities.
  • The fifth film in the official [James Bond] series and also was the fifth for Sean Connery as James Bond, Bernard Lee as M and Lois Maxwell as Miss Moneypenny. And it was the fourth for Desmond Llewelyn as Q.
  • This was the only Sean Connery [Bond] movie never to receive any BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) cuts.
    Diamonds Are Forever [1971]
  • During Bond's briefing with M at the beginning of the film, M refers to Bond having just been on Holiday, and later quipped how the Service had managed well during Bond's absence. These were inside jokes referring to Sean Connery's absence in the previous film On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
  • Producers [?] Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli cast Lana Wood as Plenty O'Toole after seeing her in Playboy Magazine. Her voice is dubbed in the movie, and she is standing on a box for some of her scenes with Sean Connery because, even in high heels, she was too small to fit into the frame with him. In the scene in Bond's hotel room, she was unaware that her derrière would be visible through her pink panties.
  • Reportedly, the final scene Sean Connery filmed as Bond (at least in the official movie series) was the one in which an unconscious Bond is loaded into a coffin at the funeral home. So, Connery's last ever day of playing James Bond for EON Productions was Friday the 13th August, 1971.
  • According to Lana Wood's autobiography, she was the victim of a prank when she first met Sean Connery. Someone on the set told her to meet Sean at his Las Vegas hotel room. The door was open and she sat down in a chair. Sean called from the bathroom that he'd be there in a minute. He then walked out stark naked. They had a brief fling during filming, until she was abruptly dumped by Sean, who decided to carry on with Jill St. John instead.
  • George Lazenby was asked to make a second [Bond] movie but declined, due to a lengthy and restrictive potential contract. Burt Reynolds was the original choice to replace him but was unavailable. Then American actor John Gavin was signed to play James Bond in this movie. At the time, he had recently played the French Spy OSS 117 in the Eurospy flick OSS 117 - Double Agent. Adam West turned down the role because he felt that James Bond should be a British actor. Michael Gambon turned down the role because he was "in terrible shape" and "had tits like a woman." At the last minute Sean Connery agreed to return as Bond for the sixth time in a two-picture deal and at an astronomical salary for the time. Producer Albert R. Broccoli insisted that Gavin be paid-out the full salary called for in his contract.
  • During a late 1990s airing of the movie on TBS's Dinner and A Movie, Bruce Glover recalled that while filming their scenes together, he and Putter Smith had Sean Connery convinced that the two were actually openly homosexual. Glover added that a few years later while on an airline flight he was flirting with a female flight attendant, and suddenly heard a Sottish accented voice saying "You son of a bitch..." Glover turned around and saw the man was Connery.
    Thunderball [1965]
  • Sean Connery performed the gun-barrel sequence for the first time because of the new Panavision process used in the movie.
  • This film was Sean Connery's own favorite performance as 007.
  • In the underwater scenes where Bond encounters sharks, Sean Connery was supposed to be protected by clear plastic panels shielding him from sharks in close-ups. However, the panels only extended about three feet in height and sharks could swim over them; as a result in some scenes (notably during the pool fight at Largo's mansion) Connery got much closer to real sharks than he wanted - director Terence Young said in an interview that scenes used in the film where Bond reacts in fright at the approach of a shark were miscues in which Connery was reacting with genuine terror as a shark approached unobstructed by plastic shielding.
    Skyfall [2012]
  • The film deals with James Bond's Scottish ancestry. Bond's family history was created by Ian Fleming in the [Bond] novel On Her Majesty's Secret Service, first published in 1964. Fleming was inspired to add the back-story of Bond's genealogy into the book after seeing the character played by Sean Connery (a Scotchman) in 1962's Dr. No. Skyfall is the second time in the official [James Bond] film series that James Bond discusses the death of his parents, the first time was in GoldenEye. Clan of Bond names created by the production for the plaques and headstones at the chapel and graveyard include Andrew Bond, Robert Bond, Monique Delacroix Bond, Celia Bond, Kathleen Bond, Elsa/Elsie Louise Bond, Ramsay William Bond, and Margaret Jean Davidson Bond.
  • The role of Kincade played by Albert Finney was originally written with Sean Connery in mind. Producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson originally wanted Connery to come out of retirement and make a surprise cameo. Director Sam Mendes told {The Huffington Post}, "There was a definite discussion about [Connery playing Kincade] - way, way early on. But I think that's problematic. Because, to me, it becomes too... it would take you out of the movie. Connery is Bond and he's not going to come back as another character. It's like, he's been there. So, it was a very brief flirtation with that thought, but it was never going to happen, because I thought it would distract."
    A View to a Kill [1985]
  • Roger Moore celebrated his 57th birthday during filming, making him the oldest actor to play Bond. Sean Connery was 52 in Never Say Never Again.
  • At the premiere Sean Connery told the press, "Bond should be played by an actor 35, 33 years old. I'm too old. Roger's too old, too!"
    The Living Daylights [1987]
  • Timothy Dalton was originally considered for the role of James Bond in the late 1960s, after Sean Connery left the role following You Only Live Twice. Dalton was screen tested by Albert R. Broccoli for On Her Majesty's Secret Service but he turned down the part as he thought he was too young. He was also considered for Diamonds Are Forever but turned it down again, still feeling he was too young. He was considered again for the role in For Your Eyes Only when for a time it was unclear whether Roger Moore would return. However, Dalton declined at that time, as there was no script (or even first draft). Dalton was offered the role again in 1983 for Octopussy, and yet again in 1985 for A View to a Kill, but had to decline the role both times due to previous commitments.
    From Russia with Love [1963]
  • The love scene between Sean Connery and Daniela Bianchi caused censorship problems in Britain. In the scene, a sweating SPECTRE cameraman films James Bond and Tatiana Romanova in bed from a cabinet de voyeur. The British Board of Film Censors mandated to producers Albert R. Broccoli and [?] Harry Saltzman that the voyeurism in the scene was too explicit and to keep the footage of the cameraman as minimal as possible or face risking having the whole sequence censored.
  • The opening scene where "James Bond" is stalked and killed by Red Grant was originally written to appear later in the film. However, editor Peter R. Hunt figured it would work better as a teaser at the start of the movie, thus instigating the now-traditional pre-credits sequence. The man who originally played James Bond's double looked so much like Sean Connery that director Terence Young had to re-shoot the scene with a man with a mustache.
  • Although he had his reservations about the choice of Sean Connery for the part of James Bond, after seeing him in this film writer Ian Fleming was completely won over by the actor.
  • As a guest on the "Tonight Show" Robert Shaw explained that he was required to stand on a wooden crate opposite Sean Connery due to being considerably shorter than Connery (some 6 plus inches).
  • Sean Connery said that this movie was his personal favorite out of the [Bond] films he did.
  • During the helicopter sequence towards the end of the film, the inexperienced pilot flew too close to Sean Connery, almost killing him.
    Live and Let Die [1973]
  • The producers made a conscious decision to make Roger Moore's Bond significantly different from Sean Connery's. For example, Bond never orders a vodka martini but drinks bourbon whiskey instead; the mission briefing occurs in his flat, not the office (only the second time Bond's apartment is featured in the films after an appearance in Dr. No); Bond does not wear a hat; and he smokes cigars instead of cigarettes.
  • Sean Connery turned down the then astronomical sum of $5.5 million to play James Bond. Connery gave Roger Moore his personal seal of approval for inheriting his role, calling him "an ideal Bond".
    For Your Eyes Only [1981]
  • Julian Glover, who played Aristotle Kristatos, was a candidate to play James Bond in the sixties and was on the short-list as a possible replacement for Sean Connery and George Lazenby prior to the role going to Roger Moore.
    Octopussy [1983]
  • Barbara Carrera turned down the role of Octopussy in order to appear in the competing [Bond] film Never Say Never Again because she wanted to work with Sean Connery.
  • Released in the same year as the rival [James Bond] production Never Say Never Again which showcased the return of Sean Connery to the role. Octopussy made $187 million worldwide, Never Say Never Again $160 million.
  • During casting, James Brolin was almost given the role of James Bond when at the last minute, Roger Moore agreed to play Bond again. Brolin's screen tests can be seen on the DVD. Moore had gone out of contract after Moonraker, and had agreed to return to the role one more time in For Your Eyes Only. The production went with Moore because this film would be competing with Never Say Never Again starring original and former James Bond actor and legend Sean Connery. The uncertainty in using an American actor in the role and having to introduce a new actor in going-up against Connery were the reasons. In the meantime, [?] Oliver Tobias, Michael Billington, Timothy Dalton and [?] Ian Ogilvy had also been considered for James Bond.
    On Her Majesty's Secret Service [1969]
  • As of 2009, George Lazenby is the youngest actor to portray 007 at age 29 during filming. The rest of the actors and their ages, in no particular order: Sean Connery - 31, Roger Moore - 45, Timothy Dalton - 40, Pierce Brosnan - 41 and Daniel Craig - 38.
  • The producers originally intended to explain the change of lead actors in the film by saying that Bond had undergone plastic surgery because his "old" face was now too well known by foreign spies and terrorists for him to go undercover, but they then decided not to refer at all to the change, and thus hopefully minimize the public attention being paid to George Lazenby replacing Sean Connery. However, after the opening action sequence, right before the titles, Bond states "This never happened to the other fellow," an intentionally comedic reference to the change in actors.
  • Sean Connery later said that he would have preferred to do a [Bond] film like this one, as opposed to You Only Live Twice.
  • Sean Connery was offered a then very large salary of $1 million to make this film but declined.
    Captain America: The Winter Soldier [2014]
  • The "catch-up" list Captain America keeps with him varies from country to country:
    • The US version lists: [I Love Lucy], Moon Landing, Berlin Wall (Up + Down), [?] Steve Jobs (Apple), Disco, Thai Food, Star Wars/Trek, [?] Nirvana (Band), Rocky (Rocky II?) and Troubleman (Soundtrack).
    • The UK version lists The Beatles, Sean Connery, and [Sherlock].
    • The Italian version mentions [?] Vasco Rossi, Ferrari's victories at F1 Grand Prix, and [?] Roberto Benigni.
    • The French version mentions 1998 World Cup, [?] Louis de Funès, [?] Coluche, The Fifth Element, and Daft Punk.
    • The Russian version lists: [?] Yuri Gagarin, [?] Vladimir Vysotskiy, and Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears.
    • The Brazilian version lists: [?] Wagner Moura, [?] Ayrton Senna, [?] Xuxa Meneghel, and [?] Mamonas Assassinas.
    • The South Korean version mentions [?] Oldeuboi and soccer player [?] Ji Sung Park.
    • The Spanish version lists: tennis player [?] Rafael Nadal, Chupa Chups (a popular candy brand), [?] Héroes del Silencio (Band), 1978 Constitution, and [?] Camilo José Cela (Nobel Prize winner).
    • The Mexican version mentions Nobel Prize winner [?] Octavio Paz and astronaut [?] Rodolfo Neri Vela.
    • The Latin American versions mention Shakira, and Alexander Pierce and Nick Fury working with the US Embassy in Bogota, Colombia against the ELN Guerrillas.
    The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen [2003]
  • At one point, Peta Wilson does a humorous impersonation of Sean Connery's voice. According to Wilson, this was a last-minute addition to the scene, and she felt nervous doing it, since Connery impersonations was considered a no-no on the set. Before the shoot she called Connery and offered not to do the accent, but he insisted she should. Afterwards she asked him what he thought. He replied, "You were great!" She was taken aback and asked if he really meant it. He said, "Yeah, it's terrible! It's the worst impersonation I have ever heard, and it's perfect."
  • Sean Connery was offered roles in The Matrix and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, but said he didn't understand the scripts. So when offered another screenplay he didn't quite get, (LXG) he took it.
  • Sean Connery had a particularly bad working relationship with director Stephen Norrington. This was his last film before he decided to retire from acting.
  • When Alan Quartermain is teaching Tom Sawyer to fire long-distance shots, you can see Shane West's (Tom Sawyer) arm and shoulder shaking from the strain of holding the gun. He says on the cast commentary that he was quite embarrassed because Sean Connery, who was nearly 72, seemed to have no problem holding the solid wood and metal gun while firing a shot, whereas he, in his early twenties, found it incredibly heavy and strained to hold it still while aiming at the target.
    Aladdin and the King of Thieves [1996]
  • Sean Connery was originally cast in the role of Cassim, but scheduling conflicts with another film forced him to pull out.
    Darby O'Gill and the Little People [1959]
  • With the death of Kieron Moore (Pony Sugrue) on July 15, 2007, Sean Connery (Michael McBride) is the film's last surviving cast member.
  • This was the film that brought Sean Connery to the attention of Albert R. Broccoli, who then went on to cast Connery in his most famous role as James Bond in Dr. No.
  • Michael McBride, the code name that Michael Weston (Jeffrey Donovan) from [Burn Notice] uses with his Irish contacts, is the name of the character that Sean Connery played in this film.
  • A version of the song {My Pretty Irish Girl} sung by Sean Connery and Janet Munro was released as a single about the same time as the debut of the movie in 1959. Ironically, Sean Connery said the singing was the one aspect of the role, of which he wasn't too fond.
    Blade Runner: The Final Cut [1982]
  • Dustin Hoffman was the original choice to play Deckard, although he wondered why he was asked to play a "macho character". According to Ridley Scott, Hoffman was interested, but wanted to make it a whole different kind of character. According to [?] Paul Sammon, apart from Hoffman, other actors considered for the role included Tommy Lee Jones, Gene Hackman, Sean Connery, Jack Nicholson, Paul Newman, Clint Eastwood, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Al Pacino, Burt Reynolds, William Devane, Raul Julia, Scott Glenn, [?] Frederic Forrest, Robert Duvall, Judd Hirsch, [?] Cliff Gorman, Peter Falk, Nick Nolte and Christopher Walken. Martin Sheen was offered the role, but he turned it down, as he was exhausted, having come off Apocalypse Now.
    The Lion King [1994]
  • Scriptwriters envisioned Sean Connery as the voice of Mufasa.
    Robin Hood: Men in Tights [1993]
  • Sir Patrick Stewart plays King Richard talking in a thick Scottish accent, a reference to Sir Sean Connery's performance in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Some critics found Connery's accent inappropriate for the role, since King Richard would not have spoken with a Scottish burr (thus providing comedic fodder for Mel Brooks). Technically, an English accent would have been no more appropriate than Sir Sean Connery's Scottish accent and a French accent would have been best for Richard (and any other nobles of the time, possibly including Robin), as "English" did not yet exist as a language and English nobles spoke Anglo-Norman, a dialect of Old French, while the common folk spoke Old-English, an Anglo-Frisian tongue that has more in common with Old Norse than with Modern English.
    Star Trek V: The Final Frontier [1989]
  • The name "Sha Ka Ree" is a play on words from the original actor asked to play the part of Sybok: Sean Connery.
    Jumanji [1995]
  • Tom Hanks, Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Michael Keaton, Bill Paxton and Arnold Schwarzenegger were all considered for the role of Alan Parrish. Tom Hanks' son Colin Hanks appears in the sequel as an adult Alex Vreeke in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017).
    The Iron Giant [1999]
  • Peter Cullen, Sean Connery, Frank Welker, and James Earl Jones were considered to voice the role of The Iron Giant, but it went over to Vin Diesel instead.
    Never Say Never Again [1983]
  • A young [?] Steven Seagal was the movie's martial arts instructor. He broke Sean Connery's wrist during training.
  • George Lazenby was considered by executive producer [?] Kevin McClory to play Bond, but was dropped from consideration when Sir Sean Connery confirmed he wanted the role.
  • Barbara Carrera turned down the title role in Octopussy (1983) to play Fatima Blush because she wanted to work with Sean Connery so badly.
  • The title was (allegedly) based on a conversation between Sir Sean Connery and his wife. After Diamonds Are Forever (1971), he told her he'd never play James Bond again, there he was, playing James Bond again. Her response was for him to "never say never again".
  • Sean Connery was 52 at the time of filming, so the writers decided to make James Bond a retired secret agent. However, he was three years younger than Roger Moore when he played the still-serving Bond in Octopussy (1983).
  • Sir Sean Connery was given a lot of creative input into this movie, which was one of the reasons he decided to do it. One area he wanted to focus on was casting, as he felt the EON Productions Bond movies were lacking in prominent acting talent. Connery approved the casting of Klaus Maria Brandauer, Max von Sydow, Edward Fox, Kim Basinger, Barbara Carrera, and Alec McCowen.
  • Barbara Carrera did her own love scenes with Sean Connery, declining the offer to use a body double. In fact she has said in several interviews that nudity and sex scenes never bothered her like some other actresses.
  • As of 2019, this is the only 007 movie to be directed by an American, Irvin Kershner. However, this was not Kershner's only outing with Sir Sean Connery, having first directed him in A Fine Madness (1966).
  • Besides Sir Sean Connery, only one other performer was involved in this movie and Thunderball (1965): Robert Rietty (Italian Minister) voiced the character of Largo in Thunderball (1965).
  • Edward Fox, who played M, is seven years younger than Sir Sean Connery, who played James Bond. As of 2019, this is the only instance in a James Bond movie where the actor playing M is younger than the actor playing Bond.
  • It is rumored that Sean Connery had an alternate ending to the "wink" in mind. As the characters walk down the street, a man brushes by them, causing them to double-take and look back at him. The camera angle shifts, and we see that it is Roger Moore, who turns to look at them and says "NEVER say never again!" Moore and Connery were good friends, and both were willing to do it, but they were never able to convince Director Irvin Kershner and the producers.