The Best Bond: RIP Sir Sean Connery


And so it starts again, lights going out across out metaphysical universe and the dark closing in, just as it is in our physical Universe of reduction and isolation. One day a beloved footballer, another a film star who created a world around him and a fame that never perished.

Sean Connery, the first James Bond, the best James Bond, demanded the eye whenever and where he was on film. The world will remember him for Ian Fleming’s cold, cruel but above all effective spy, but Connery was both more and less than that. As Connery the man he bore the shame of his belief that it was ok to hit a woman, as long as you only used an open palm. As Connery the actor, he excelled in more that just the elegant yet earthy spy.

For me there was his role as Indiana Jones’ in the third film, in which I will never forget the exact, uncopiable intonation of his voice as he greets his son as, “Junior!”

And there is the story of his small role in Time Bandits, when the producers sent him the script, openly confessing they couldn’t afford him as king Agamemnon but asking him just to read it. And he phoned up, said, “How much can you afford?” and agreed to do it – brilliantly – just because he loved the role.

That’s the manner of the man, the bedrock security in himself. he never lived to see his beloved homeland gain independence but he lived to see it nearer than ever since 1701. Rest in Peace Sir Sean.

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4 thoughts on “The Best Bond: RIP Sir Sean Connery

  1. While Timothy Dalton was the closest to the books (I read the first 11 in between the releases of Dr. No & FRWL, and every subsequent one on release, so this really matters to me), absent Sean Connery there would be no Bond franchise. He was an exceptional actor who did his best work for Sidney Lumet (The Offence & The Hill, but not The Anderson Tapes). He also did great work with Alfred Hitchcock (Marnie, which seems to be the only non-Bond movie being referenced by his obits), Irvin Kershner (A Fine Madness), John Boorman (the much maligned Zardoz), John Milius (of all people, The Wind and the Lion), John Huston (The Man Who Would be King), Richard Lester (Robin and Marion, but not the appalling Cuba), Terry Gilliam (Time Bandits, that’s a great story, which I did not know) & Jean-Jacques Annaud (The Name of the Rose).

    1. I did not read any Bonds until the Seventies. he is the king of the films for me. Dalton may be the most suited to the book version but that assumes you like the book version. And I don’t.

  2. I didn’t know that ahout Time Bandits–that’s brilliant. His views on hitting women less so. No mention of the Name of the Rose? I imagine that would hover near the top of many people’s best Connery films.

  3. I did watch ‘The Name of the Rose’ once, but many years ago, and I didn’t do much for me. As a nan he was of his time and place: not an excuse but an explanation. Like with Salvador Dali, it should be possible to hold both thoughts in your mind together.

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