Sean Connery James Bond

Sean Connery – photos and quotes

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“I rather like this Bond character. He’s done with just the right touch of humor. And of course, he’s been very good to me.”Sean Connery

Source: Norman Moss (1966)

 

“When I stood next to some of them at Mr. Universe, I looked like a girl.”Sean Connery

Source: Dana Kennedy (1992)

Photo: early 1950s

 

 

Sean Connery passed out

“I did smoke pot a few times but nothing else. I would never inject. I’m too fond of the drink. At times I can go two weeks or more without it, but then I’m quite enthusiastic to get back to the taste again.”Sean Connery

 

"I don't drink martinis. Give me a vodka with a lime tonic. Or, give me a scotch." -- Sean Connery (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“I don’t drink martinis. Give me a vodka with a lime tonic. Or, give me a scotch.”Sean Connery

Source: Dana Kennedy (1992)

 

“He was just fabulous, a consummate actor with a great sense of humor. He was practicing his golf swing all the time – a rather profound golfer.”Tippi Hedren

Photo: Marnie (1964). With Tippi Hedren

 

Sean Connery and Shirley Eaton in "Goldfinger" (1965) Bizarre Los Angeles

“They’re like comic strips. The producers constantly have to come up with bigger and better gimmicks. That’s all that sustains the pictures. How far can they go? I think that they’ll have to switch the routine completely to survive.”Sean Connery

Source: Peter Bart (1965)

Photo: Goldfinger (1965)

 

 

Sean Connery James Bond

“The producers seem to think anyone can play Bond — even themselves if they dropped a few pounds. The fact is, there is a lot more to playing Bond than just acting. How the lines are read are important. A lot of the humor was my own, and it is very Scottish. The lines have to be delivered for real, but with a twinkle.”Sean Connery

 

“An open-handed slap is justified – if all other alternatives fail and there has been plenty of warning. If a woman is a bitch, or hysterical, or bloody-minded continually, then I’d do it.”Sean Connery

Source: Playboy Magazine (1965)

 

Sean Connery in "The Hill" (1965)

“I started by cutting 16 pages from my part. Sidney [Lumet] and I agreed that ‘The Hill’ should be an ensemble film, and that we would not have the hero in the center of it all the time. Everyone in the film was given complete value, and it did take on this marvelous ensemble quality.”Sean Connery

Photo: The Hill (1965)

 

Sean Connery in "Thunderball" (1965) Bizarre Los Angeles

“It’s become a Frankenstein’s monster. The shirts, the underpants, the guns, the dolls with spikes that come out of their shoes. And so much piracy. It costs the company $40,000 just in this country to fight the piracy.”Sean Connery

Source: Charles Champlin (1965)

Photo: Thunderball (1965)

 

 

A Fine Madness Sean Connery 1966

A Fine Madness (1966). Co-starring Joanne Woodward and Jean Seberg.

 

"I am not Bond. I am an actor who is fortunate enough to play him. Now I intend to play other roles." -- Sean Connery (Bizarre Los Angeles)“I am not Bond. I am an actor who is fortunate enough to play him. Now I intend to play other roles.”Sean Connery

Source: Florabel Muir (1967)

Photo: You Only Live Twice (1967)

 

 

Sean Connery Wax head

Sean Connery wax head. Possibly crafted for Madame Tussauds many years ago.

 

“When I decided to abandon the role of Bond, a Russian newspaper wrote that I had finally seen the light because agent 007 was the symbol of capitalistic decadence. Who knows? Now that I am acting in a film that is half Russian and that I was selected for the success I had in the Bond series, what kind of justification the Russians will give.”Sean Connery

Source: Charles Cabell (1969)

Photo: The Red Tent (1969). With Claudia Cardinale.

 

“It really is quite fun, you know. There is the old escapism. They are set in exotic places. There are attractive birds. There is humor. And they don’t make any great demands on anyone.”Sean Connery

Source: Terry Ryan (1971)

Photo: Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

 

 

“Well…This is what you’ve got. This is what you’re going to wear. So he’d put it on and say, ‘Okay.’ There was never any argument.” — John Boorman

Photo: Zardoz (1974)

 

 

Vanessa Redgrave and Sean Connery in "Murder on the Orient Express"

“Albert Finney got paid more because his Hercule Poirot had most of the lines, and Sean Connery got a percentage because he was such a big star. The rest all got paid the same: $100,000 each.” — Richard Goodwin, producer

Photo: Murder on the Orient Express (1974). With Vanessa Redgrave.

 

"Once you establish a character, you have to continue the same appearance. But when you're playing new roles, I think it's better to appear as yourself." -- Sean Connery (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“Once you establish a character, you have to continue the same appearance. But when you’re playing new roles, I think it’s better to appear as yourself.”Sean Connery

Source: Bob Thomas (1975)

Photo: The Wind and the Lion (1975). With Candice Bergen.

 

"Frankly, I don't like to wear a bloody wig. If the role requires one, I'll put the damn thing on, but I would prefer to be natural. Fortunately, I don't need a wig in this part." -- Sean Connery (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“Frankly, I don’t like to wear a bloody wig. If the role requires one, I’ll put the damn thing on, but I would prefer to be natural. Fortunately, I don’t need a wig in this part.”Sean Connery

Source: William Tohy (1975)

Photo: The Man Who Would Be King (1975)

 

 

"I like films that dispel time, and this appealed to me because not only is it an interesting legend, but also an examination of the legend. It is tremendously concerned with dying. I asked myself, 'What kind of man was Robin in this point in his life?'" -- Sean Connery (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“I like films that dispel time, and this appealed to me because not only is it an interesting legend, but also an examination of the legend. It is tremendously concerned with dying. I asked myself, ‘What kind of man was Robin in this point in his life?'”Sean Connery

Source: Liz Smith (1975)

Photo: Robin and Marian (1976). With Audrey Hepburn.

 

Sean Connery in "A Bridge Too Far" Bizarre Los Angeles“In America, many male actors seem to be reluctant to take parts of men who are older than they are. Whenever producers approach me with such parts, they do so tentatively. But I don’t care how old the actor is, as long as the part is a good one.”Sean Connery

Source: Dick Kleiner (1977)

Photo: A Bridge Too Far (1977)

 

Sean Connery and Donald Sutherland in "The Great Train Robbery" Bizarre Los Angeles

“It depends on where your appetite is and where your stimulus lies. I don’t want to do anything unless it’s immediately interesting or stimulating for me, and equally rewarding artistically and financially. I like working. As a rule I enjoy it when I’m filming.”Sean Connery

Source: Harry Tessel (1978)

Photo: The Great Train Robbery (1978). With Donald Sutherland.

 

"I like to be surprised when it comes to choosing a role, and I'd rather do as many varied things as possible because it's much more stimulating." -- Sean Connery (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“I like to be surprised when it comes to choosing a role, and I’d rather do as many varied things as possible because it’s much more stimulating.”Sean Connery

Source: 1981

Photo: Outland (1981)

 

 

Sean Connery in "Time Bandits" (1981). Bizarre Los Angeles

When director Terry Gilliam completed a polished draft of Time Bandits, he wrote as a joke: “Greek warrior takes helmet off, revealing himself to be none other than Sean Connery.” 

Gilliam later said, “We never really thought about getting Sean Connery at all. I can’t believe he really came to do it.”

Photo: Time Bandits (1981)

 

Sean Connery in "Never Say Never Again" (1983). Bizarre Los Angeles

“I participated in every area, except the music.”Sean Connery discussing his return as James Bond in Never Say Never Again (1983).

Source: Bob Thomas (1983)

 

Sean Connery and Christopher Lambert in "Highlander" (1986) Bizarre Los Angeles“I’ve always chosen the projects on my own. My wife reads the scripts, and I’ve listened to what she has to say. But the final decision, whatever I do, rightly or wrongly, is always mine. I think it’s the only way you can do it – personally. Otherwise, I don’t think there can be a developed body of work, where you can see where it’s going – or where it could have gone.”Sean Connery

Steven Rea (1987)

Photo: Highlander (1986). With Christopher Lambert.

 

Sean Connery in "In the Name of the Rose" (1986). Bizarre Los Angeles

“At first I rejected the idea because ‘Never Say Never Again’ was fresh in my mind. I didn’t want my Franciscan monk to be confused with a famous character [James Bond]. But when I met Sean Connery the actor, I realized the deep humanity of the man. I knew he could be Brother William.” — Jean-Jacques Annaud, director

Source: Bob Thomas (1986)

Photo: In the Name of the Rose (1986)

 

Sean Connery in "The Untouchables" Bizarre Los Angeles

 

Sean Connery in 1987. (Bizarre Los Angeles)

In 1987, during a television interview, Barbara Walters brought up his controversial 1965 quote about slapping women. Here is his response:

“I haven’t changed my opinion…No, not at all…I don’t think it’s good…I don’t think it’s that bad. I think that it depends entirely on the circumstances and if it merits it. Yeah…Well, if you have tried everything else – and women are pretty good at this – they can’t leave it alone they want to have the last word and you give them the last word – but they’re not happy with the last word. They want to say it again and – and get into a really provocative situation. Then I think it’s absolutely right.” Sean Connery

Once again, his comments sparked controversy.

In 1992, he again tried to set the record straight, this time by telling reporter Dana Kennedy:

“What I had said was that you could do worse things to a woman. You could take their identity away and reduce the person to nothing. Barbara was looking for something and she edited it in such a way that I came out like a wife beater, which I am not…I was in Coventry once and I saw a man hitting a woman across the street from me. I ran over and pulled him off. There was no doubt that if he had continued, she’d be in serious trouble. But then she hauled off and hit me!…And when they hit you, you’re aware that if you do anything in response, you can do real harm. But it’s hard to control yourself.”  Sean Connery

 

Mark Harmon and Sean Connery in "The Presidio" (1988) Bizarre Los Angeles

“For Sean, everything is competition.”Mark Harmon

“I’m highly competitive. Anybody who plays golf or tennis or poker with me knows that. But I don’t consider myself competitive when I’m acting. I’m perfectly happy to give a scene to somebody who can take it.”Sean Connery

Source: Bruce R. Miller (1988)

Photo: The Presidio (1988). With Mark Harmon.

 

"I'm playing Harrison Ford's father. So much for doing romantic leads." -- Sean Connery (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“I’m playing Harrison Ford’s father. So much for doing romantic leads.”Sean Connery

Source: Jamie Portman (1988)

Photo: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

 

"The Sexiest Man Alive? Well, there are very few sexy dead." -- Sean Connery (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“I don’t think, seriously, that it should be taken too seriously. But it is very flattering, very nice. In fact, I was at Paramount having lunch the other day and, on my way out, three men stood up and gave me applause. They were three rather overweight, balding guys around 60. I was obviously flattered by it. But The Sexiest Man Alive? Well, there are very few sexy dead.”Sean Connery

Source: Michael Cidoni (1990)

Photo: The Hunt for Red October (1990)

 

“It’s incredible. The Russians want to do a retrospective of all my films, right up The Russia House.”Sean Connery

Source: Jamie Portman (1990)

Photo: The Russia House (1990)

 

“I like working. If I didn’t like it, I’d stop. But I don’t have a sense of retiring or a sense of holidays. My idea of a holiday is going to St. Andrews and playing 36 holes a day, carrying my own golf clubs.”Sean Connery

Source: Luaine Lee (1991)

Photo: Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)

 

“The food was appalling. Everybody got sick. I wasn’t sick only because I drank too much vodka. There’s no relief factor. You couldn’t swim in the water…eat in the town. The noise of the insects and wildlife where I had this house was insanity – noises that were Neanderthal, primordial, noises that I’ve never heard anywhere else.”Sean Connery on making Medicine Man (1992)

 

“Audiences want to see more and more. They’re demanding bigger and better stunts – bungee jumping, water skiing through the air. I think it’s a big mistake to reveal how certain things are done on film. I won’t be a part of it. I think it’s very self-defeating.”Sean Connery

Source: Jamie Portman (1996)

Photo: The Rock (1996)

 

 

“You have to be very honest with yourself. It was in the script that my character was my age [28] and Sean‘s character was his age…and I thought, ‘Look, is this going to be feasible in any way?’ And within three minutes of meeting him, I went, ‘ Yeah, no problem.'”Catherine Zeta-Jones

Photo: Entrapment (1999)

 

"It was a nightmare. The director should never have been given $185 million." -- Sean Connery (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“It was a nightmare. The director should never have been given $185 million.”Sean Connery

 

 

 

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