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Remembering Sir Sean Connery on the Anniversary of his birth

By: Steven Jay Rubin
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The James Bond Movie Encyclopedia presents This Day in James Bond Movie History and remembers the late Sir Sean Connery on the anniversary of his birth in 1930. Connery was like North America - many people claimed to be responsible for his discovery.

Producer Albert R. Broccoli’s wife, Dana Broccoli, first saw him as the two-fisted hero of Walt Disney’s Darby O’Gill and the Little People, while Broccoli’s partner Harry Saltzman was introduced to him in a comedy called On the Fiddle recommended by editor Peter Hunt who was friends with its producer Benjamin Fisz.

We civilians first spotted in films like Tarzan’s Greatest Adventure, where he portrayed the villainous mercenary O’Bannion and The Longest Day, where he is an infantryman landing on Sword Beach on D-Day.

As Broccoli remarked, for a big man, Connery walked like a cat and he fulfilled the producers desire for a Commonwealth actor who could throw a punch.

Connery could throw a punch alright – he was a former bodybuilder who used to sing chorus in the London company of South Pacific, and despite exhibitors who called him that Limey Truck Driver, he made a whale of an impression in his Bond debut, Dr. No (1962) director Terence Young, filming Bond’s intro at a London chemin de fer table, stole a page from actor Paul Muni’s introduction in Juarez, with his back to camera. When playgirl Sylvia Trench asks for his name, Bond is introduced lighting his cigarette, and uttering “Bond, James Bond.” I’ve probably seen this movie 65 times and I never get tired of it or pretty much all the Connery Bonds that followed, particularly From Russia with Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964) and Thunderball (1965). The proud Scotsman who we lost last year, created perhaps the most famous movie character of the 20th Century – and certainly the most durable.

We’ll always love you Sean for everything you did on camera. You were unforgettable.

Remembering Sean Connery (tribute video by Joe Darlington of Being James Bond):

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