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The Sean Connery Bio

The Sean Connery Review –

by Nate Lee

Best Film:

The Man Who Would Be King

He saved Untouchables from its star, Costner, with enough personality for both of them, and was probably big enough not to be bullied by DePalma into doing stupid things. He got his Oscar, but he has done better in much better films. Take your pick of the rebel leader pictures, or go with a Bond film. It's okay. Russia House is remarkable, too, and Great Train Robbery is as much fun as King.

Great Performances You May Not Have Seen:
Marnie (Marnie's employer and husband)
Outland (has to face down hitmen in outer space)
The Rising Sun (a detective who specializes in Japanese culture, with Wesley Snipes)
The Red Tent (explorer Roald Amundsen)
The Anderson Tapes (a thief with big plans who just so happens to be taped by Feds)
A Fine Madness (a poet driven crazy)
James Bond Films:
Dr. No (the very first, with Ursula Andress, opposite Joseph Wiseman)
From Russia with Love (opposite Robert Shaw and Lotte Lenya)
Goldfinger (opposite Gert Frobe as Auric Goldfinger)
Thunderball (opposite Adolfo Celi as Largo)
You Only Live Twice (opposite Donald Pleasance as Blofeld)
Diamonds are Forever (opposite Charles Gray as Blofeld, with Jill St. John as Tiffany Case)
Never Say Never Again (an old Bond, opposite Klaus Maria Brandauer as Largo, and Kim Basinger as Domino)
Sir Sean the King:
First Knight (King Arthur)
The Man Who Would Be King (Adventurer Danny, opposite Michael Caine, in a quest to become a king)
The Wind and the Lion (an Arab chief battling Teddy Roosevelt, with Candice Bergen)
Time Bandits (a cameo as Agamemnon)
Sean the Rebel Leader:
Robin and Marian (Robin Hood, with Audrey Hepburn as Marian and Robert Shaw as the Sheriff of Nottingham)
The Molly Maguires (leader of a 19th-century Pennsylvania labor union out for decent standards in the coal mines)
The Hill (leader of a group of outcast British soldiers in a stockade)
Zardoz (leader of a futuristic rebellion)
Hunt for Red October (inscrutable Russian sub commander, opposite Alec Baldwin as Jack Ryan)
Mr. Connery the Mentor:
The Untouchables (Golden Globe and Oscar-winning performance as Eliot Ness's mentor, Jim Malone)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (Golden Globe-nominated performance as Harrison Ford's scholarly father)
The Name of the Rose (14th-century monk, detective and Christian Slater's mentor)
Finding Forrester (discouraged famous novelist reinvigorated when mentoring a young black writer)
The Rock (an inscrutable spy who mentors Nicolas Cage as they "break into" Alcatraz)
The Presidio (Mark Harmon's old commander and co-detective)
Highlander (mentor to ageless sword fighter)
The Russia House (a publisher of smuggled documents, opposite Michelle Pfeiffer)
Darby O'Gill and the Little People (Michael McBride)
A Bridge Too Far (part of a WWII star ensemble)
Murder on the Orient Express (The Colonel, as part of a peerless ensemble)
The Great Train Robbery (the brains behind the robbery, with Donald Sutherland as the safecracker)
Entrapment (master art thief sought after by insurance investigator Catherine Zeta-Jones)
The Real Sean Connery:
James Bond >

Maybe not for the reasons that you think. Sean is a rebel of sorts, and patron of Scottish independence, which makes him highly patriotic but who works by his own playbook. He's also quite a Renaissance man, and - for real - one macho dude.
Acting Style:
The epitome of cool to a whole generation is now the leader among men. His commanding presence is part of a forceful on-screen presence, playing basically forceful guys. Just as with Bond, he still plays the rebel even when he's not actually playing a rebel.
Bits and Quirks:
His quirks are almost studiously anti-Bond, and for whatever purpose, he's certainly put that persona behind him. Where Bond was quiet, cool and wry, now Sean is booming, Scottish, often boorish, and lands hard on his consonants. Bond was quick and muscular inside a tux; now Sean is imposing and just plain big. Bond was inscrutable, and Sean can be inscrutable; both can be rebellious, determined, strong. Bond had hair; Sean shows that he can be just as sexy bald. The ironic glimmer has evolved, too, and often betrays the Gaelic-Scot ironic take.
Great Scenes:

> in the penthouse with Blofeld
> Fighting Bambi and Thumper
> epilogue on the ship.

> fighting Odd Job in Fort Knox
> stopping Goldfinger from cheating
> the laser between the legs.

> in the shark tank with the miniature scuba tank
> fighting underwater with the personal subs.

Never say Never:
> giving Basinger a massage
> playing the "world domination" game with Brandauer
> dancing the tango with Basinger.

From Russia With Love:
> Fighting Robert Shaw on the train.

Russia House

> Trying to charm Michele Pfeiffer
> Taking the notes from her
> Talking around the table with Brandauer

The Rock

> Breaking the glass in the interrogation room

The Man Who Would Be King

> Doing the march with Michael Caine, in Christopher Plummer's office
> Becoming king > Getting scratched by the girl
> Going down singing on the bridge

The Untouchables

> Riding the horse with Costner
> Holding Costner back from having a shoot-out with De Niro as Capone
> The showdown at his house
> Fighting with the police chief

Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade

> Riding in the motorcycle
> Riding in the plane and shooting the tail off
> Scaring the birds with his umbrella to make the plane crash
> Tied up in the burning castle
If you like Sean Connery You probably didn't like:
The Avengers
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
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