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Film appearances as James Bond:
- Dr. No (1962)
- From Russia With Love (1963)
- Goldfinger (1964)
- Thunderball (1965)
- You Only Live Twice (1967)
- Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
- Never Say Never Again (1983, not produced by Eon)
Other appearances as James Bond:
- From Russia With Love (2005, video game)
Sir Thomas Sean Connery was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on August 25, 1930. His father was a milkman and they lived in a very poor area.
He was once a bodybuilder and was chosen to play Bond in Dr. No after Cary Grant was approached, and would only commit to one film, not a series. The film was a success and led to 4 more Bond films during the next 5 years. Tired of being identified only as 007 (and angry that some stars of Bond imitations were making more money than he was!), Connery quit after You Only Live Twice, though he was lured back for one more film, Diamonds Are Forever, for a record sum of money (which he then donated to a Scottish charity). However, he returned 12 years later as both producer and star in the Thunderball remake Never Say Never Again. Connery was also in 2005's video game From Russia With Love as the voice and appearance of James Bond.
When Connery was chosen for the role a lot of people did not believe that he could be Bond (including Ian Fleming himself) but with the tutelage of director Terence Young, Connery ended up making a credible and ultimately iconic "gentleman spy" (as the movie posters described him). The original choice for Bond was Ian Fleming's cousin, Christopher Lee who ended up playing Francisco Scaramanga in The Man With the Golden Gun. Other actors, including David Niven, Patrick Magoohan, James Mason, Cary Grant and Stewart Granger, were also considered for the role.
- Steven Spielberg has said that Connery is the only genuine movie star left.
- Kim Basinger said of Connery: "Women love Sean. Sean loves golf!".
- His favorite Bond film out of all those he made was From Russia With Love.
- Sam Mendes, director of Skyfall, briefly thought about casting Connery as Kincade but quickly dropped the idea. Albert Finney was cast instead.
- Connery earned an Oscar in 1988 for his role as Jimmy Malone in The Untouchables.
- He was also chosen "The Sexiest Man Alive" by People Magazine in 1989.
This was his public statement turning down returning in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of The Crystal Skull:
- "I get asked the question so often, I thought it best to make an announcement. I thought long and hard about it and if anything could have pulled me out of retirement it would have been an Indiana Jones film. I love working with Steven and George, and it goes without saying that it is an honor to have Harrison as my son. But in the end, retirement is just too damned much fun. I, do however, have one bit of advice for Junior : Demand that the critters be digital, the cliffs be low, and for goodness sake keep that whip by your side at all times in case you need to escape from the stunt coordinator! This is a remarkable cast, and I can only say, "Break a leg, everyone". I'll see you on May 22, 2008, at the theater!"