1. says

    Serendipitously, Anna and I watched The Hunt For Red October last night. Not a good movie by a long shot, but Connery did his usual job. Also: Tim Curry!

  2. slithey tove (twas brillig (stevem)) says

    RIP 007,
    never knew Sean as a person, completely ignored him outside 007.
    [Zardoz] killed the actor for me.
    No one matched him as 007, still the pinnacle of portrayals of that iconic legendary figure

  3. cartomancer says

    Mediocre impressionists of the world weep in unison!
    One of the three accents everybody can sort of do is no more!
    We’re left with just Dracula and Comedy German now!

  4. =8)-DX says

    Ah Sean Connery, THE James Bond. A great actor, although apart from the domestic abuse people are mentioning I always seem to remember his performance in Goldfinger, i.e. the shitty “wrestling fight” rape scene. RIP. =8(-DX

  5. says

    The Offense was the best Connery movie I have ever seen (and also one of the most disturbing and haunting movies I have ever seen Connery or no Connery). And as much as I have been conflicted about him over the years (domestic violence) The Man Who Would Be King is glorious I say – GLORIOUS!!!!!!! “She bit me Peachy!” a standard saying at our house, when playing too rambunctiously with the critters, with unintended but predicatble results.

  6. says

    @Schnitzel Von Knobbschafft

    I can now just enjoy his work. I don’t like to give any credit/extra power to living people since it forwards their influence in their influence in the world (feel bad I had to dump JK Rowling and Orson Scott Card because both contribute both influence and cash to the opposite of my existence). Once they are dead though, I feel I can enjoy their works (such as HP Lovecraft, although he is a shit writer).

    So maybe I need to cue up some Sean Connery.

  7. Silentbob says

    @11 =8)-DX

    Made even more problematic, as the kids say, by the fact that Pussy Galore is supposed to be a lesbian that Bond “turns” with his manly ways. Because that’s exactly how lesbians work.

    There is actually an even worse example; in Thunderball (1965) Bond literally blackmails a nurse/therapist who’s turned him down into letting him have sex with her, on the spot. Can’t not cringe these days. So Weinsteiny.

    Some trivia:

    Pictured in the OP video thumbnail is Bond’s only recurring girlfriend. When the character was introduced they thought he should have a regular girlfriend, but she only lasted the first two movies, Dr No (1962) and From Russia with Love (1963). No other Bond love interest got a second film, including his wife. (Vesper from Casino Royale (2006) appeared in flashback in Quantum of Solace (2008). Also the same actress slept with Bond in two different movies: Maud Adams played both Scaramanga’s girlfriend in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) and the title character in Octopussy (1985).)

    In the “50th Anniversary” Bond film Skyfall (2012), Bond (Daniel Craig) revisits his ancestral home, which has a sole occupant; the groundskeeper who knew him as a boy. That role was originally to have been played my Sean Connery. In the end, the producers decided that amount of symbolism and fan service was a bit too on the nose and dropped the idea. Shame really.

    And yes, I know I know far too much about James Bond. :-)

  8. mywall says

    @ 18 – Silentbob

    What kind of writer thinks this is a good plot point? What kind of actor chooses to perform it? Grossness all round!

  9. davidc1 says

    And true to form ,the snatch snatcher has said that S C helped him get his golf courses built in Scotland .

  10. says

    Having just read your James Randi post, it’s also true that Sean Connery had some repulsive views on women,

    “I don’t think there is anything particularly wrong about hitting a woman- although I don’t recommend doing it in the same way that you’d hit a man. An open-handed slap is justified if all other alternatives fail.” – Sean Connery, Playboy, 1965.

  11. JustaTech says

    When I was a kid my little brother and I were on a James Bond kick (there was a silly young James Bond cartoon that we loved) so my parents decided to borrow Goldfinger from the library. Now, we’d already seen some movie with a much older Sean Connery in it that we’d really liked (Last Crusade? Hunt for Red October? I don’t remember.), so we were very excited.

    Then we get to the very early scene where Bond is walking across the hotel pool deck and just slaps a random woman on the butt, and she smiles at him. We were astonished and aghast. “Why did he do that?” asks my ~7 year old brother. “Why didn’t she hit him back?” asks 12 year old me. My parents just looked at each other, clearly having forgotten how incredibly sexist those movies are. “People were different then.”