Celebrity Then And Now
Sean Connery
Name: Sean Connery
Birthdate: August 25, 1930
Famous Years: 1955-2012
Currently Known For: Retired Actor
Networth: $370 MillionFamous For: James Bond Series, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Rock
Sean Connery
Name Sean Connery
Birthdate August 25, 1930
Famous Years 1955-2012
Currently Known For Retired Actor
Networth $370 Million
Famous For James Bond Series, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Rock

Hollywood likely wouldn’t be still making James Bond films to this day if they didn’t get it right on the first try. Thankfully, Sean Connery was selected as the first man to portray Bond on the big screen in the early 1960s. Unlike many of the others that have played the role, Connery has had a long lasting legacy in film as one of the highest grossing actors of all-time and an Oscar to his name.

Connery was born on August 25, 1930 in Edinburgh, Scotland to a working class family where he took part in many different jobs while growing up. His initial interest was in the world of bodybuilding and athletics overall. Connery didn’t grow up wanting to be an actor, but was simply looking to make ends meet when he was in his early 20s.

Connery was working at a theater for some cash when he decided to give a shot at acting, landing his first on-stage role. He would act for several years throughout the 1950s, but wasn’t being featured on screen much. For several years, his only big screen role was as an extra in the 1954 film “Lilacs in the Spring”. It wasn’t until 1957 that he received a speaking role, playing Spike in “No Road Back”.

That same year, Connery would appear in three more movies, and started to pick up some more significant work before the decade came to a close, becoming the lead for the first time in 1959’s “Darby O’Gill and the Little People”. Then, in the early 1960s, Connery would end up landing the role of a lifetime.

Producer Alfred Broccoli was looking for someone to portray the film version of James Bond, and his wife had suggested that Connery would be right for the role. James Bond creator Ian Fleming wasn’t convinced at first, but decided to give him a shot. It was a big commitment for Connery who would have to sign on for several films, but it would be the right choice in the long run.

Connery made his debut as James Bond in 1962 with the film “Dr. No” that helped to put the franchise on the map. The film had a budget of just over $1 million, and nearly pulled in $60 million at the box office. All of the Connery-led Bond films would end up making large profits for the studio, as he followed up the initial success with “From Russia with Love”, “Goldfinger”, “Thunderball” and “You Only Live Twice” in the 1960s. Connery also starred in 1971’s “Diamonds are Forever” and left the franchise before coming back one more time in 1983 with “Never Say Never Again”.

Connery seems to go back and forth regarding how he feels about being so synonymous with James Bond for so many years. Much of Connery wanted to put the role behind him forever, but he knows he wouldn’t be where he is today without it. “I’m grateful to the film (franchise) for giving my career a lift like this, but I must be careful not to get too (typecast). I hope to make a completely different type of film,” he said. Connery ended up leaving the franchise, saying that “I never disliked Bond, as some have thought. Creating a character like that does take a certain craft. It’s simply natural to seek other roles.”

Connery would star in films outside of the James Bond series during his time in the role in films such as “The Hill” and “Shalako”, but was able to free up more time in the 1970s when he no longer had to worry about carrying a franchise for a new film almost every year. In the 70s, Connery starred in “Murder on the Orient Express”, “Robin and Marian” and “A Bridge too Far” to name a few.

The 1980s would prove to be even more beneficial for Connery as he starred in several successful films that earned him plenty of award nominations. Films such as “The Name of the Rose” and “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” were hugely successful, while “The Untouchables” in 1987 earned him his first Oscar nomination and win as Best Supporting Actor.

Turning to the next decade, Connery would star in films such as “The Hunt for Red October” and “The Rock”, but he only had two roles in the 2000s. Connery starred in the 2000 film “Finding Forrester” and then in 2003’s flop “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”. Shortly afterward, Connery announced that he would be retiring from acting, but he did have one more role. That came in 2012 with the animated “Sir Billi” that bombed with critics and audiences.

Connery has been firm that he’s finished acting now, and has ruled out any return to another Indiana Jones or James Bond film. In his words, what caused Connery to walk away was that “I was fed up of dealing with (expletive) idiots. For years there has been a widening gap between people who can make films and people who can’t...They get in and out quick and too many don’t know what they are doing,” and has said that retirement is just “too much (expletive) fun.”