Thomas “Sean” Connery better known by his stage as Sir Sean Connery, was a Scottish actor. Between 1962 and 1983, he starred in seven Bond films as the first actor to play the fictitious British secret agent James Bond.
The role of James Bond was created by Sean Connery in Dr. No, and he played the spy in six Eon Productions films till his retirement in Never Say Never Again. Before he was cast as James Bond, Connery appeared in a number of minor theatre and television plays.
The success of the Bond films brought Connery offers from prominent filmmakers like Alfred Hitchcock, Sidney Lumet, and John Huston, despite the fact that he disliked the attention he received off-screen.
These included Marnie, The Hill, Murder on the Orient Express, and The Man Who Would Be King. The Untouchables, The Untouchables II: The Golden Circle, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Hunt for Red October, Dragonheart, The Rock, and Finding Forrester are just a few of his other film credits.
In 2006, Sean Connery announced his formal retirement from acting, however, he temporarily returned in 2012 for voice-over parts.
Sean Connery's Early Life
In Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, Scotland, on August 25, 1930, Sean Connery was born Thomas Sean Connery. In addition to being a truck driver and industrial worker, Joseph's father was a laundress.
When Neil was born, Sean became a big brother at the age of 8. As a youth, Connery was a fan of tag and soccer, and he excelled in math at Tollcross Elementary School in Glasgow.
As a 13-year-old, Connery quit school and enlisted in the Royal Navy; he was dismissed from duty at the age of 19 due to stomach ulcers. After completing his military duty, Sean returned to his hometown and worked in a variety of professions, including laying bricks and shoveling coal.
In 1953, he joined the Dunedin Weightlifting Club and competed in the tall men's division of the Mr. Universe pageant. The director of a London production of “South Pacific,” who happened to be in the audience, cast Connery. Sean made the decision to pursue a career in acting after just one practice.
Sean Connery's Career
Before making his television debut in a 1956 episode of “Dixon of Dock Green,” Connery had participated in various theatre shows. In 1957, he was cast in his debut film, “No Road Back,” and in the BBC's “Requiem For a Heavyweight,” he portrayed Mountain McLintock, his first leading part.
Following the success of “Another Time, Another Place”, Darby O'Gill and the Little People, “Macbeth”, and “James Bond,” Sean was cast in the part of the British secret agent in 1962's “The Spy Who Loved Me.” From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, “You Only Live Twice”, “Diamonds Are Forever”, and Never Say Never Again were all Connery's Bond roles .
To put it another way, his alleged compensation for “Dr. No,” “Diamonds Are Forever,” and “Never Say Never Again” amounts to $6,000, $1.25 million, and $3 million, respectively. The “From Russia with Love” video game featured Sean as James Bond in 2005 when he provided voiceovers.
Sean Connery's Net Worth
At the time of his death in 2020, Sir Sean Connery, a Scottish actor, and producer, was worth $350 million. While he is most remembered for his role as James Bond, Pierce Brosnan had a long and successful acting career that included an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and a British Academy Film Award.
More than 70 films have featured his acting talents, including “The Untouchables” (1987), “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”, and “The Hunt for Red October” (1993). Sean was in seven James Bond films.
A lot of people consider him to be “the greatest James Bond ever”. He was also known as “The Greatest Living Scotsman” during his lifetime. In July of 2000, Queen Elizabeth II knighted Sean Connery. At the age of 90, Sean Connery died on October 31, 2020.
Sean Connery's Personal Life
The couple welcomed a son, Jason (born in January 1963), before divorcing in 1971; Jason went on to become an actor and director. In 1962, Sean married actress Diane Cilento. In 1989, Connery had an affair with pop diva Lynsey de Paul, yet he was married to Micheline Roquebrune from 1975 till his death.
Connery was a big fan of the game. He held the Domaine de Terre Blanche in France for 20 years before selling it to millionaire Dietmar Hopp, who transformed it into a premium golf club. A black belt in Kyokushin karate was Sean's other hobby. Rangers F.C., a Scottish Premiership football team, drew him in.
Awards and Honors
For his part in “The Untouchables,” Sean Connery received an Academy Award and a Golden Globe in 1988. The Henrietta Award for World Film Favorite and the Cecil B. DeMille Award were his next two Golden Globes.
More than a dozen of his films have been nominated for Oscars, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Science Fiction & Fantasy. In addition, in 1999, he received the Kennedy Center Honors.
A 2011 EuroMillions survey dubbed Connery “Scotland's Greatest Living National Treasure,” and he was chosen “People's Sexiest Man Alive” in 1989 and “Sexiest Man of the Century” 10 years later.
Sean Connery's Real Estate
It sold for €6.4 million in Marbella, Spain, in 1999. A tax inquiry was launched after the sale of luxury flats erected on the site, which absolved Sean of any wrongdoing; nonetheless, Micheline was charged with tax property fraud.
Connery had properties in Greece and the Bahamas, where he lived next door to the Dutch king, Willem-Alexander. They were on the same chopper.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Was the Last Movie Sean Connery Made Before He Died?
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003), a disappointing cinematic adaptation of a smart comic book series about a bunch of Victorian heroes, was Mr. Connery's final film, and it was one of his poorer efforts.
What Is Sean Connery's Real Name?
Sir Sean Connery (born August 25, 1930, in Edinburgh, Scotland; died October 31, 2020, in Nassau, Bahamas) was a Scottish actor best known for his work as James Bond in the James Bond saga.