“Forgotten Hollywood”- Connery. Sean Connery!

Posted on October 31, 2020 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here –

“`The definitive James Bond, Sean Connery carved a wide career as an actor despite being typecast as a suave spy. His body of performances puts him in the pantheon of great movie stars. He won an Oscar for his fine role in  The Untouchables. Connery personally never took himself too seriously, and for this, he was beloved by colleagues and fans, worldwide.  SEAN CONNERY ->

“`Sean Connery was born in 1930, in Edinburgh, Scotland.  He left school during World War II to help support his family. He joined the British navy, but was medically discharged after three years because of stomach ulcers. Back in Edinburgh, he competed in the Mr. Universe contest, coming in third. He considered becoming a pro soccer player, but instead chose acting.

“`He earned his initial break performing to There is Nothing Like a Dame in South Pacific on the London stage before acting in television and “B” movies.  He traveled to Hollywood to co-star in Disney’s Darby O’Gill and the Little People and Tarzan’s Greatest Adventure. His first memorable role was as a soldier who stormed the beaches of Normandy in The Longest Day. His character was quirky and funny, which mirrored his private persona.

“`Then came the audition that changed his life.  American producers Albert Cubby Broccoli and Harry Saltzman had bought the film rights to a string of post-World War II spy adventure novels by Ian Fleming. Connery was not their first selection for Dr. No.  They turned to him when they decided they could not afford to hire Cary Grant. The flick was condemned by the Vatican and the Kremlin.  Connery continued as James Bond in From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, You Only Live Twice, ,Thunderball, and Diamonds Are Forever, and often performing his own stunts. He would reprise the Bond role in Never Say Never Again in 1983.

“`Determined to be considered a serious actor, Connery decidedly chose to accept roles in Alfred Hitchcock’s Marnie, The Anderson Tapes, Murder On the Orient Express, The Wind and the Lion, The Man Who Would Be King, Robin and Marian, The Hunt For Red OctoberIndiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves,  and Finding Forrester.

“`Age only heightened his appeal; he set a celebrity record when at age fifty-nine he was named People magazine’s  Sexiest Man Alive. When receiving his Academy Award, and at peace with James Bond, the actor arrived onstage at the Oscars ceremony and declared:

The name’s Connery. Sean Connery!

“`Connery received numerous honors, including Commander (the same rank as Bond)  of France’s Order of Arts and Literature. The following year, Queen Elizabeth II proclaimed him a British Knight, for services to film drama.

“`A commanding screen presence for forty years, Sean Connery (above) was ninety.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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