drpeter

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Sir Sean Connery has passed away at the age of 90. He had a fairly long career in films, acquiring world-wide renown as Fleming's secret agent James Bond. To many, including myself, he remains the James Bond, in spite of many other fine actors who filled the role. Connery himself became tired of being typecast as Bond. He did do some other fine roles, most notably in the WWII film The Hill. RIP, Sir Sean.
 

The Irishman

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I liked Connery as Bond, but if I'm honest I will more likely think of him as Juan Sanchez Villalobos from Highlander.

That peacock feather cloak, red doublet, pearl earring and dragon-handled katana was some serious power-dressing.
 

Andy

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When the first Bond movie was released, I was attending my University, and had some English friends (yes even in the middle of Kansas) who were appalled that Sean Connery had been cast !

They kept saying "His Scottish accent isn't right!!".
 

Fading Fast

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If someone had never seen a Bond film and said to me, "where do I start knowing I can only watch a handful," I'd recommend they watch the first three Connery ones in order followed by Craig's "Casino Royale" and I'd tell them they don't even need to watch any others.

My two favorite not-Bond Connery films are (of course) "The Hunt for Red October" and an outstanding small movie "Finding Forrester."

And "The Untouchables" deserves and honorary mention.
 

TKI67

Super Member
I am so sorry we were never treated to a cinematic version of Golf in the Kingdom with Sir Sean as Shivas Irons. I had heard rumors at one time of such a project. I understand Clint Eastwood owns the film rights. Regardless, Sir Sean is forever my image of that character.
 

The Irishman

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Connery's turn in The Hunt for Red October and in The Untouchables are, it's true, the other iconic roles that stand out in my mind.

The Untouchables in particular is great. The bridge scene where he first encounters Ness is awesome.

I wouldn't mind re watching some of his films like Outland and Rising Sun in the coming weeks, to see if they are as compelling as I remember. I suspect Rising Sun might not stand up so well, but Outland I have high hopes for.
 

ran23

Super Member
Weekend News mentioned he did a good job in a movie called 'The Hill', never heard of it. Will have to look that one up. Maybe Amazon Prime.
 

drpeter

Super Member
Weekend News mentioned he did a good job in a movie called 'The Hill', never heard of it. Will have to look that one up. Maybe Amazon Prime.
I do mention The Hill in my first post as the starter of this thread. It is a great film, directed by the terrific Sidney Lumet, and it also stars Harry Andrews as the sadistic sergeant.
 

drpeter

Super Member
If someone had never seen a Bond film and said to me, "where do I start knowing I can only watch a handful," I'd recommend they watch the first three Connery ones in order followed by Craig's "Casino Royale" and I'd tell them they don't even need to watch any others.

My two favorite not-Bond Connery films are (of course) "The Hunt for Red October" and an outstanding small movie "Finding Forrester."

And "The Untouchables" deserves and honorary mention.
I agree with your selections. I liked Hunt and Forrester, they were both very good films in different ways, of course. As for the Bond films, I think the best Bond film made to date is From Russia With Love.
 
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