The Kenblog: Remembering Sir Sean Connery!
While considering big names such as Cary Grant or David Niven for the role, producers Albert Broccoli and Harry Saltzman cast Connery after observing his movements following his audition. He moved like “a predator” in their words and it was all it took. It helped that Connery was a natural athlete, having placed third in the Mr. Universe bodybuilding competition. Connery absolutely dominated the screen during his first outing as Bond in 1962’s “Dr. No” and went on to play the role seven times, including a Sony redo of “Thunderball” in 1983, a film that opened in direct competition to Roger Moore’s “Octopussy” and while it didn’t beat Moore’s outing at the box office, “Never Say Never Again” was still a box office hit.
During the eighties, Connery reinvented himself as a sexy, authoritative senior citizen with great success. He earned an Oscar of his performance as Jimmy Malone in 1987’s “The Untouchables” alongside Kevin Costner and Robert DeNiro, and was featured in such blockbuster films as “Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade” as Indy’s father, and as Captain Marko Ramius in the 1990 submarine smash “The Hunt For Red October.” Despite never really changing his Scottish accent, Connery managed to convincingly portray Russians, Englishmen and even a salty dragon (his outstanding voice work in 1996’s “Dragonheart.”).
But’s it’s Bond he’s going to be best known for. Connery’s superspy possessed the charm combined with a physicality that none of the other actors have ever achieved. The latest incarnation, Daniel Craig, comes close but his charm is of a gruffer variety. Connery’s Bond had a little cruelty in him, a threatening veil of violence behind the charming smile. Actors like Moore and Brosnan had the charm but not the threat while Lazenby only took the role once and Dalton was a more serious version of Fleming’s famous spy. Connery’s Bond looked like he looked forward to giving a good ass-kicking and it made the character better because of it.
Connery was always improving his craft, giving a grounded center to what would have been lesser films like “The Rock” and “Entrapment” He was also a unique physical talent, throwing convincing punches and running around into his seventies. Although he hadn’t been see in over fifteen years on the big screen, his legacy and body of work kept him at the forefront of cinematic fans even in his absence. Ninety years is a great run but he will still be missed greatly! So Sayeth The Kendog!