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Sean Connery is dead - James Bond actor died at the age of 90

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Sean Connery is dead. The James Bond actor died at the age of 90. On August 25th, 2020 Connery celebrated his 90th birthday. The Scottish actor became world famous for his role in the James Bond films and in many other Hollywood films. You can read the details of Connery's film career here:

Sean Connery is dead. The James Bond actor died at the age of 90. On August 25th, 2020 Connery celebrated his 90th birthday. Connery became world famous as the first James Bond actor.

Over 70 films

Connery also played roles in many Hollywood films and was able to look back on an impressive filmography of more than 70 films: For example in Alfred Hitchcock's "Marnie" (1964), in Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot crime thriller "Mord im Orientexpress" (1974 ) and in the science fiction fantasy film "Zardoz (1974).

In the adventure film "The Wind and the Lion" (1975) he plays the Moroccan Rif Kabyle ruler el-Raisuli, who kidnaps an English lady into the desert during an attack. In the adventure film "The Man Who Wanted to Be King" (1975), a British deserter is offered the royal dignity over a village on the other side of the Afghan Kyber Pass in a remote part of the British colonial empire.

In the Robin Hood flick "Robin and Marian" (1976) Connery plays the aging Robin Hood. In the film adaptation of Louis L'Amour's western "Shalako" (1968) Connery embodies the scout of a hunting party that invades the Apache region.

This is followed by the science fiction films "Outland" (1981), "Highlander" (1985) and "Time Bandits". In the first film adaptation of Umberto Eco's medieval detective novel "The Name of the Rose", Connery played the Franciscan monk and papal investigator William von Baskerville.

With his supporting role as a policeman in the gangster film "Die Unbrechlichen" (1988) - with Kevin Costner in the lead role - Connery earned his only Oscar. In addition, Connery received a total of three Golden Globes. In 2006 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute.

In 1989 Connery slipped into the role as the father of Indiana Jones in "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" (1989). In the nuclear submarine thriller "Hunt for Red October" (1990), Connery, the Russian submarine captain, has to do everything possible to prevent an accidental nuclear war. Sean Connery ended his acting career with the agent film "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" (2003).

The Scottish actor was knighted by the Queen in recognition of his services - and has since been allowed to call himself Sir James Connery.

Career as James Bond

Connery's first James Bond film - and at the same time the first James Bond film ever was called "Dr. No". Incidentally, James Bond author Ian Fleming used a bird watcher named James Bond for the name of his eponymous hero. His book was - as Fleming writes in a foreword to one of his James Bond novels - at hand when Fleming was looking for a suitable name for the book hero.

The producers Broccoli and Saltzman would have liked to hire actor Gary Grant for the James Bond role. But he declined, as did a number of other actors who were offered the role. Sean Connery took it - and was to shape the role of James Bond for years and lead the film series to great success.

At first, Fleming was not at all enthusiastic that the role of his novel hero James Bond was cast with Sean Connery - Fleming had obviously imagined his heroes to be more elegant and sophisticated.

Fleming later changed his mind: Connery liked Fleming in the role and Fleming even adapted his other James Bond novels to the actor: The writer provided the fictional character James Bond with Scottish roots.

Smallest beginnings

Connery emerged from the smallest beginnings: Before starting an acting career, Connery worked as a truck driver, potato carrier, milkman and also as a nude model for art students. In 1953 he reached third place in the election for Mr. Universe.

Connery could also have become a professional footballer - but acting seemed the most promising career path to him. And he thought he was too old for a footballing career. The manager of Manchester United, Matt Busby, had offered him a player's contract for £ 25 a week in 1953. The manager had seen Connery at a friendly game with the Scottish second division club East Fife.

People magazine named him the "Sexiest Man Alive" in 1989 and several years later the "Sexiest Man of the Century".

In his first marriage, Connery was married to the Australian actress Diane Cilento. With her he has the son Jason. In 1975 Connery was married to Micheline Roquebrune, a French-Moroccan painter, from 1975.

Sean Connery and Roger Moore

In 1971 Sean Connery made his last James Bond film, "Diamond Fever". He donated his fee from this film to a non-profit Scottish organization. Subsequently, Connery turned to other film roles. Sean Connery's role as James Bond was taken on by fellow actor Roger Moore for the next seven films.

Moore and Connery didn’t give each other a gift: When asked that Connery was considered by many fans as the best James Bond actor, Connery attributed this fact to his intelligence.

When Moore was asked how he rated Connery, Moore replied: Sean was a good actor, but what Connery was saying he couldn't understand.

13 years later - in 1987 - Connery, after some persuasion, was again in front of the camera in his prime role as James Bond: In the James Bond film with the title "Never say never again", which was a match for his comeback. A remake of the 1967 Bond film "Fireball".

"No more movies - retirement is just too much fun"

In 2004, Connery ended his film career. Another role in the sequel to "Indiana Jones", which was offered to him by Stephen Spielberg, Connery declined: "" Retirement is just too much fun ""

His autobiography "My Scotland, My Life" was published in 2009.

He explained that Connery lived abroad - mainly in Spaien and the Bahamas - until the end: He would not return to Scotland until it became independent from Great Britain. Consequently, he joined the Scottish National Party in the 1990s.

Connery, who was born in Edinburgh on August 25, 1930, and who deliberately never shed his Scottish accent in his films, died in Nassau (Bahamas) at the end of October 2020. The news of Connery's death was first reported by the British television broadcaster BBC.

Her husband suffered from dementia in his last few months: "That was no life for him." said his widow of the Daily Mail: He had not been able to express himself correctly recently. He didn't want to live like that. He died in his sleep: "It was so peaceful. I was with him the whole time, and he just slipped away. That's how he wanted it."

The two were married to each other for over 45 years. Looking back on the time together, she said: "We had a wonderful life".


Published: 10/30/2020

Latest update: 01.11.2020-23: 48

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