Sean Connery - From Milkman to Bond

The world has lost an icon of the Hollywood film industry in Sir Sean Connery, the actor best known for bringing Ian Fleming’s super-spy, James Bond, to life on the big screen.  Making his début in 1960’s Dr. No, his portrayal wasn’t favoured by critics, but he was quickly endeared by fans.

No ratings yet. Log in to rate.

 

The world has lost an icon of the Hollywood film industry in Sir Sean Connery, the actor best known for bringing Ian Fleming’s super-spy, James Bond, to life on the big screen.  Making his début in 1960’s Dr. No, his portrayal wasn’t favoured by critics, but he was quickly endeared by fans.

 

The Scottish actor, who was born in 1930 in the Fountainbridge area of Edinburgh, left school with no qualifications.  As his family struggled for money, he found work where he could, doing stints cleaning coffins and working as a milkman.

 

He then joined the Royal Navy, leaving due to illness three years later.  He considered a career in football but soon discovered his passion for acting in local theatre.

 

His acting career began with minor roles, until he landed his first leading role in 1957’s Bloody Money, playing a boxer with a failing career.

 

When he arrived for the role, for which he is most famous for now, creator Ian Fleming was not best pleased, stating, “I’m looking for Commander Bond, not an overgrown stuntman.”  He quickly changed his mind after seeing Connery’s performance.

 

Connery starred in four more Bond films following the success of Dr. No; from Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball and You Only Live Twice.

 

By the time Goldfinger hit cinema screens in 1964, Connery was struggling to cope with the publicity that came along with playing the world’s most famous fictional secret agent, and took on other roles, starring in Hitcock’s Marnie, among others.

 

He received a knighthood for his services to acting in 2000.

 

Connery’s Bond is now a part of the history books, the portrayal of women in the film series turning heads today.  The fact remains, however: for millions of fans around the world, he will forever be the man who brought Ian Fleming’s vision to life, and his legacy will continue for many years to come.  Put simply, he was James Bond.

Comments

No comments have been made. Please log in to comment.
 

Top stories from Radar

Ticket to Solidarity
Airplane flying over a series of red placards with slogans "Defend our Jobs" and "Strike!". A blue s

Aviation Unions Join RMT in Summer Strike Action

 
Rural Disconnect
Radar Media: White background with two rails crossing over each other.

Signaller Strikes Leave Scotland Stricken

 
Solar Punk: Dig For Victory in the Fight Against Climate Change

The second part in series of opinion articles looking at SolarPunk. This time we are look at what SolarPunk is, as well as the role it has and will play in achieving a sustainable future.