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Wednesday, October 05, 2005


Sean Connery

SIR SEAN CONNERY (1930-Present), born Thomas Sean Connery, can be considered Scotland's gift to filmdom. He became an overnight star, after working in film for seven years and theatre for several years preceding. His magnetism only grows as he ages.

From Russia With Love (1963)Haven't you seen From Russia With Love (1963)? This was the second, and best of the James Bond films. Connery gives a solid performance and is not burdened by the gimmicks that took over beginning with Thunderball.

Watch this and then see these other four films.

Darby O'Gill And The Little People (1959) Walt Disney brought Sean to America to film this lovely Irish fantasy. He even appeared on a Jack Benny show as an Italian cab driver during this time. Sean romances the lovely, and tragic, Janet Munroe, and gets to demonstrate his good singing voice.
The Longest Day (1962) Connery is one of the "52 International Stars" promised by the Fox publicists for this epic film. He has a small but stand-out role as an Irish soldier. Can you imagine? Sean Connery serves as comic relief.
The Hill (1965) Connery was already looking for roles other than James Bond the year after Goldfinger. Sidney Lumet directed this strong film about British soldiers sentenced to a punishment camp in the North African desert during World War II. The soldiers must survive brutal sergeant Harry Andrews (a magnificent performance). It is a strong, very powerful film.
The Man Who Would Be King (1975) John Huston at one time hoped to film Kipling's story with Clark Gable and Humphrey Bogart, but this was not to be. Years later he made the inspired decision to cast Sean Connery and Michael Caine, who were perfect as the two former British soldiers in India. It was one of the last great adventure films before the advent of Indiana Jones.

*Contributed by: "Eric Jamborsky" Date: Mon, Oct 3 2005 / 14:17:15 PST

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