Sean Connery, 007 Actor and Hollywood Legend Passes Away

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Sean Connery, who found international fame as Hollywood’s original James Bond, died in Nassau, the Bahamas.

“I have always hated that damn James Bond. I’d like to kill him.” Quote ∼ Sean Connery

The actor who grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland, reportedly passed away late Friday night or early Saturday morning.

According to his wife Micheline Roquebrune, the late James Bond actor’s suffered from dementia and she revealed that ‘took its toll on him’.

Sean Connery was 90.

Sir Thomas Sean Connery was a Scottish actor. He gained recognition as the first actor to portray fictional British secret agent James Bond in film, starring in seven Bond films between 1962 and 1983.

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Sean Connery Gossip News and Trivia

  • He was offered the role of Robert Elliott by Brian De Palma in Dressed to Kill (1980) and was enthusiastic about it, but declined on account of previously acquired commitments.
  • In October 1997, he was ranked #14 in Empire (UK) magazine’s “The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time” list.
  • In 1953, he entered the Mr. Universe contest, finishing third in the tall man’s division.
  • He was voted People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in 1989.
  • Sean Connery is the father of Jason Connery.
  • He wore a toupee in his Bond movies from Goldfinger (1964) on, as he started losing his hair at 17.
  • Before that various techniques were used to make the most of the hair he still did have. In real life however, Connery does not wear a toupee.
  • He has two small tattoos on his right arm. One says “Scotland forever”, the other “Mum and Dad.”
  • He got them when he enlisted in the Royal Navy at the age of 16.
  • He took dancing lessons for 11 years. His teacher was the Swedish dancer Yat Malmgren.
  • He had radiation therapy for an undisclosed throat ailment in 1993. In a February 1995 interview with Entertainment Weekly, Connery said the treatment had been to remove benign tumors from his vocal chords after he found himself losing his voice while filming Rising Sun (1993).
  • He donated his salary from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) to charity.
  • He formerly worked as a coffin polisher.
  • He is the older brother of Neil Connery.
  • He formerly worked as a milk delivery man.
  • He is a major contributor to the Scottish National Party (SNP). This was stopped for a while when the ruling Labour government said people living outside of the United Kingdom would not be allowed to donate money to British political parties.
  • In 1999, he was voted ‘Sexiest Man of the Century’ by People Magazine.
  • He said in an interview that during the filming of Never Say Never Again (1983), he was taking martial arts lessons and in the process angered the instructor who in turn broke his wrist. Connery stayed with the wrist broken for a number of years thinking it was only a minor pain… the instructor was Steven Seagal.
  • He is the recipient of 22nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime contribution to arts and culture, presented by President Bill Clinton in Washington, D.C. on December 5, 1999.
  • He used to live in Marbella, Spain, near a golf course where he played daily when not filming. He left following disagreements with the local press, and now resides in the Bahamas where he plays golf much less frequently.
  • He has his own film production company (Fountainbridge Films). Fountainbridge is an area of Edinburgh where he was born.
  • He was made a Knight Bachelor in the 2000 Queen’s Millennium Honors List for his services to Film Drama. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in an hour-long investiture ceremony at Edinburgh’s Holyrood Palace in Scotland on July 5, 2000 accompanied by his wife, Micheline, and brother, Neil, were by his side.
  • He is noted to be one of writer John Gardner favorite actors in mind when he wrote the novel “Scorpius”, one of his total of 16 novels about James Bond.
  • In 1995, he was chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#7).
  • In 1997, his grandson, Dashiell Connery (Dashiell Quinn Connery), was born.
  • Gert Günther Hoffmann was his German voice for years and even though his voice was very low it fitted the charismatic and charming part of Connery perfectly. ‘Gert Gunther Hoffmann’ died in 1997. The following dubber’s deep voice was incredibly equal to Connery’s real one…Manfred Wagner died after dubbing two Sean Connery films, First Knight (1995) and The Rock (1996).
  • He joined the Merchant Navy as a teenager but stomach ulcers forced him to leave. He received a disability pension for a period after this.
  • After his service with the Merchant Navy, he worked as a nude model for Edinburgh art students.
  • During his time as a milkman, Connery delivered to Fettes School in Edinburgh – the same school which James Bond attended in Ian Fleming’s novels following his expulsion from Eton.
  • He received the Freedom of the City of Edinburgh in 1991.
  • He was paid a huge sum to return as James Bond for Diamonds Are Forever (1971), setting a record.
  • It was donated to his Scottish charity.
  • He caused an uproar in a December 1987 interview with Barbara Walters in which he said it was OK to hit a woman if she deserved it or needed it to keep her in line. He had said similar things in a November 1965 interview with Playboy magazine.
  • He ranked first among the Male British movie actors in the Orange Film Survey of 10,000 voters.
  • Actress Mia Sara is his ex-daughter-in-law.
  • Sean Connery  received the honorary degree of DLitt from St Andrews University in 1988.
  • He turned down the role of Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings series (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)) because he didn’t want to film down in New Zealand for 18 months, and could not understand the novels. The decision not to appear in the trilogy cost the actor an estimated $450 million.
  • He declared in March 2003 that he would not return home until Scotland is an independent country. He believes this can still happen during his lifetime.
  • He was parodied on Saturday Night Live (1975) by Darrell Hammond, most famously as a bumbling contestant on the TV game show Jeopardy! (1984).
  • His favorite Bond film is From Russia with Love (1963).
  • He has played four kings: ‘King’ Daniel Dravot in The Man Who Would Be King (1975), King Agamemnon in Time Bandits (1981), King Richard in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) and King Arthur in First Knight (1995).
    Whilst filming Playing by Heart (1998) he loved playing and even made a friendship with three and a half year old Piper Maru Anderson; daughter of an actress Gillian Anderson who played Meredith (a daughter of Sean’s character).
  • According to a poll, conducted by British film magazine Empire, he created the worst accent in the history of cinema in the movie The Untouchables (1987).
  • Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, originally did not like him being cast as Bond for Dr. No (1962) because he felt that he was too “unrefined”. The actor whom Fleming embodied Bond in Fleming’s mind was Cary Grant. Fleming later changed his mind and admitted he was ideally cast in the role.
  • He turned down the role of the Architect in The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003).
  • He won the role of James Bond after producer Albert R. Broccoli attended a screening of Sean in Darby O’Gill and the Little People (1959). He was particularly impressed with the fistfight Sean has with a village bully at the climax of the film. Cubby later had his wife, writer Dana Broccoli, see the film and she confirmed his sex appeal.
  • He was voted the 24th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
  • He and his son, actor Jason Connery, have both played Robin Hood. Sean played an aging Robin Hood opposite Audrey Hepburn in Robin and Marian (1976). Jason played Robin Hood, AKA: Robert of Huntingdon, in the television series Robin Hood (1984). Jason also played Ian Fleming in the television movie Spymaker: The Secret Life of Ian Fleming (1990). Fleming was the author of the
  • James Bond novels that made Sean famous in 1962.
  • Connery received excellent notices for his starring role in Macbeth (1961) and longed to make a film of “The Scottish Play.” His plans for a film in the early 1970s were terminated by the production of Roman Polanski’s Macbeth (1971).
  • He had a difficult time getting work after he abandoned the James Bond role a second time after Diamonds Are Forever (1971) for which he received a record salary. Director John Boorman thus was able to hire him very cheaply for his low-budget production of Zardoz (1974).
  • He was voted Best British Actor of all time in a poll for Sky TV [Feb 2005].
  • Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli, the original producers of the James Bond films, cast him because they liked how he was a big, tough-looking man who nonetheless moved gracefully (“like a cat”).
  • Premiere Magazine ranked him as #36 on a list of the Greatest Movie Stars of All Time in their Stars in Our Constellation feature (2005).
  • He had cataracts removed from both eyes in 2003.
  • He played James Bond in Thunderball (1965). 18 years later, he reprized the role in the film’s remake, Never Say Never Again (1983). He is the only Bond actor to appear in both EON and non EON productions of Bond.
  • He turned down the title role in the original The Thomas Crown Affair (1968), which he later admitted was a huge mistake on his part.
  • Sean Connery In he received a Tony Award for co-producing the play “Art” by Yasmina Reza in 1998.
  • He pulled out of a film in September 2004, sparking rumors that he was going to retire. However three months later in an interview with “The Scotsman” newspaper from his home in the Bahamas, he said he is taking a year out to write his autobiography (something he had previously vowed never to do), and hopes to make another film.
    Sean Connery is a good friend of Michael Caine and the late Richard Harris and Roger Moore.
  • He pulled out of a seven-figure deal for a planned autobiography for the second time, in March 2005. The actor signed a deal in 2004 with ghostwriter Hunter Davies to produce an account of his life from Edinburgh milkman to international film superstar. Six months prior to his hook-up with Davies, Connery also canceled a similar deal with Scottish writer Meg Henderson, who said later: “He isn’t the man I thought he was.”.
  • Panama’s President Mireya Moscoso presented him with a Manuel Amador Guerrero award, named after the country’s first president. She said he was given the award for his “talent and versatility.” Sir Sean was on a trip to Panama to visit various humanitarian programs conducted by the government. (10 March 2003)
  • He was the original choice to play Sybock in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989), but he was busy with Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989). The words in the film “Sha Ka Ree” are a play on his name.
  • Terry Gilliam did not intend to cast him as King Agamemnon in Time Bandits (1981), he simply wrote in the screenplay that when Agamemnon took off his helmet he looked “exactly like Sean Connery.” To Gilliam’s surprise, the script found its way into Connery’s hands and Connery subsequently expressed interest in doing the film.
  • He was once stopped for speeding by an officer named Sergeant James Bond.
    Marnie (1964) co-star Tippi Hedren named one of her house cats after him.
  • His accent was the model for the voice of Stratos in the 2002 remake of He-Man & The Masters of the Universe.
  • The Edinburgh Filmhouse rejected a proposal to rename itself “The Sean Connery Filmhouse” in November 2005 following complaints over Connery’s status as a tax exile.
  • His original idol was Welsh actor Stanley Baker because he played believable tough guys in quality British movies which he produced himself.
  • He was presented with a lifetime achievement award at the European Film Awards in Berlin, presented to him by Jean-Jacques Annaud, who directed Connery in The Name of the Rose (1986). (3 December 2005)
  • Sean Connery was seriously considered for the role of King Philip of Macedonia in Oliver Stone’s Alexander (2004).
  • He underwent surgery at a New York hospital to remove a tumor from his kidney in January 2006. Connery’s brother Neil said, “As far as I’m led to believe the tumor was benign. He seems to be quite upbeat about it.”.
  • He was delighted to be honored with the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award, which he will receive on June 8 2006 in Los Angeles, as he was honored despite his reputation as a harsh critic of the movie industry. “It means a tremendous amount, especially because of some of the things I have said about Hollywood.”.
  • He announced his retirement in an interview in New York City during the Tartan Week 2006 celebrations. “I have retired for good,” he said.
  • Sean Connery  was presented with the Marrakech International Film Festival Award in Morocco by his friend and Just Cause (1995) co-star Laurence Fishburne. (8 December 2004).
  • He once appeared in a BBC advertisement stating he was anti-gun, and in 1999 he called on the Scottish parliament to ban all handguns in the country. When he found out that members of the National Rifle Association in America had blacklisted him as a star to boycott, Connery said he was more than happy to be on their list.
  • Sean Connery started smoking when he was nine years old.
    His performance as James Bond in the 007 films is ranked #5 on Premiere Magazine’s 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
  • Sean Connery was the original voice of Tack the Cobbler, the hero of Richard Williams’s animated cult masterpiece The Thief and the Cobbler (1993). In the original version (from the work print and the resulting “Recobbled” fan-restoration), Tack was mute until the very end, when he spoke in Sean Connery’s voice.
  • Of his career choices in the ’90s (pretty much his last decade in film), The Rock (1996) and
  • Entrapment (1999) are the films he liked the most. On the other hand, The Avengers (1998) was a film he regretted doing at all.
  • He turned down the role of John Hammond in Jurassic Park (1993). Coincidentally, his Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) co-star, Harrison Ford, was offered the role of Dr. Alan Grant. Not to mention, it would’ve reunited both of them with director Steven Spielberg.
  • He turned down the role of Simon Gruber in Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995) due to the diabolical nature of the character. Director John McTiernan, who directed Connery in The Hunt for Red October (1990) and Medicine Man (1992), said he was the very first choice for that role.
  • He pulled out of an interview for the Edinburgh Festival of Politics in August 2006 after George Reid, the presiding officer of the Scottish Parliament, vowed to ask him why he once told a magazine that some women want a “smack”. Sir Sean, the Scottish National Party’s most famous supporter, said it was “unacceptable” and it would have compromised the interview.
  • Sean Connery presented with the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award by his Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) co-star Harrison Ford, who told him, “John Wayne gave us the old West. James Stewart gave us our town. You gave us the world.” (8 June 2006).
  • He has never appeared in a “Skiing” James Bond picture. Though Goldfinger came close as it has sequences set in the lower Swiss mountains, all the ski, snow and ice Bond films belong to the other James Bond actors: George Lazenby (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)); Roger Moore(The Spy Who Loved Me (1977); For Your Eyes Only (1981); A View to a Kill (1985)); Timothy Dalton (The Living Daylights (1987)); Pierce Brosnan (The World Is Not Enough (1999); Die Another Day (2002).
  • He has two roles in common with Pierce Brosnan: (1) Connery played James Bond in Dr. No (1962), From Russia with Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), Diamonds Are Forever (1971) and Never Say Never Again (1983) while Brosnan played him in GoldenEye (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), The World Is Not Enough (1999) and Die Another Day (2002) and (2) Connery played King Arthur in First Knight (1995) while Brosnan played him in in Quest for Camelot (1998).
  • His father Joseph Connery died of throat cancer at the age of sixty-nine in August 1972.
  • He received a lifetime achievement award at the opening night of the Festa del Cinema, Rome’s inaugural film festival. Connery was presented with the Marco Aurelio award in recognition of “his numerous cinematic endeavours over the years”. (13 October 2006).
  • In December 2002, he was voted “The Male Celebrity With The Sexiest Voice” in a survey carried out by a mobile phone company. Kylie Minogue topped the female category.
  • He brought future James Bond, Roger Moore to a press screening in Paris for Diamonds Are Forever (1971).
  • The extraordinary success of Goldfinger (1964), which was released in December 1964, and of 1965’s Thunderball (1965) propelled Connery to the top of Quigley Publications’ annual Top Ten Money
  • Making Stars poll in 1965. He remains the only British male star to be the #1 box office star in America.
  • He is the godfather of Dimitri Hamlin.
  • Sean’s longstanding marriage to Micheline survived his well-documented love affairs with makeup artist Nina Kraft, designer Helle Byrn and the late singer/songwriter Lynsey de Paul.
  • Contrary to some reports, Connery did not appear in A Night to Remember (1958). The character he supposedly played was in fact played by Larry Taylor.
  • He was involved with Jill St. John and Lana Wood at the same time while filming Diamonds Are Forever (1971).
  • He gave Nicola Sturgeon advice on how to project her voice.
    Sleeping with the Enemy (1991) was originally slated to star Kim Basinger as the mistreated wife, with Connery as her psycho husband and Aidan Quinn as the gentle professor she falls for — roles that were ultimately played by Julia Roberts, Patrick Bergin and Kevin Anderson, respectively.
  • Named a Commandeur des Artes et des Lettres by the French government.
  • Has appeared in only one Best Picture Oscar nominee: The Longest Day (1962), and has never appeared in any Best Picture winning film.
  • He was invited to appear at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July 2014, and was said at the time to have pulled out because of an eye operation.
  • He was a competitive bodybuilder in his youth.
  • He once seriously considered becoming a professional football player before he started acting.
  • He turned down the lead in “Jurassic Park.”.
  • When gangster Johnny Stamponato showed up on the set of “Another Time, Another Place” to threaten his one-time girlfriend Lana Turner, Connery got into an altercation with the underworld tough guy, who was forced to leave. Not long afterward Stamponato was. stabbed to death by the actress’s daughter Cheryl in what became a sensational case.
  • In 2018, it was reported that an Ancient Greek mathematical formula had calculated that Connery was still the most handsome actor to have played James Bond in the long-running film series, with incumbent Bond Daniel Craig calculated to be the least handsome according to the formula.
    Of his mother’s Clan Maclean.
  • He was the first James Bond actor to reach his 90th birthday. Eight days before that he became the longest living actor, surpassing Barry Nelson, already being the oldest living actor following the death of Roger Moore in 2017.
  • He improvised his iconic line “Bond. James Bond” in Dr No (1962) after finding that the initial introduction line “I am James Bond” was flat and sounded unnatural. It took a few subsequent takes before he included the pause, giving the line it’s effect.
  • He once went to the Paramount Executive commissary, which was filled with A-list celebrities and executives. When he walked in, the room went silent, to which he simply quipped “Oh, eat your lunch”.
  • His second wife and widow Micheline Roquebrune is the grandmother of Stéphanie Renouvin.
  • The mention of a second “son” named Stefan (sometimes spelled Stephane) in Sean’s obituary has led many readers to jump to the conclusion that Sean had a secret child who is just now being acknowledged. Stefan is actually his stepson (Micheline’s youngest child, from her second marriage), who Sean raised. Micheline has two older children, Oliver and Micha, from her first marriage.
  • He was the only actor to play James bond that has won an Oscar.
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