Over the weekend, Scottish actor Sir Sean Connery died in his sleep at the age of 90 at his Lyford Cay home in Nassau in the Bahamas. Connery is known for being the first actor to portray James Bond in film and he starred in seven Bond films between 1962 and 1983.
Connery was born in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, Scotland on August 25, 1930. Connery’s first job was a milkman in Edinburgh with St. Cuthbert’s Co-operative Society. At the age of 16, Connery joined the Royal Navy and he trained in Portsmouth at the naval gunnery school and in an anti-aircraft crew. Later he was assigned as an Able Seaman on HMS Formidable. Later, he was discharged from the navy at age 19 on medical grounds, due to a duodenal ulcer.
After turning from the co-op, Connery worked in a wide range of jobs like a lorry driver, a lifeguard, a laborer, an artist’s model, and a coffin polisher. Connery started bodybuilding at age 18 and he ranked in the Mr. Universe contest in the 1950s. And even though he was offered a contract by Manchester United, Connery had decided to pursue acting.
In 1951, Connery worked backstage at the King’s Theatre. Eventually, he started receiving more prominent production roles. Several years later, Connery hired agent Richard Hatton, who helped Connery land his first role as Spike in No Road Back. In 1962, Connery acted in his first James Bond film. At first, James Bond creator Ian Fleming doubted Connery’s casting, but his girlfriend Blanche Blackwell persuaded him that it was the right choice. After the successful premiere of Dr. No, Fleming wrote Connery’s heritage into the James Bond character.
Connery also starred in films like Marnie (1964), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), Highlander (1986), The Untouchables (1987), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), The Hunt for Red October (1990), Dragonheart (1996), The Rock, (1996), Entrapment (1999), and Finding Forrester (2000). And Connery retired from acting in 2006. Connery was offered the role of Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings and the Architect in The Matrix, but he turned down those roles. In July 2000, Connery was knighted by The Queen at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh.
Here are 9 of the best Sean Connery quotes you should know about:
“I’m an actor – it’s not brain surgery. If I do my job right, people won’t ask for their money back.”
“Laughter kills fear and without fear there can be no faith. For without fear of the devil there is no need for God.”
“Love may not make the world go round, but I must admit that it makes the ride worthwhile.”
“More than anything else, I’d like to be an old man with a good face, like Hitchcock or Picasso.”
“Perhaps I’m not a good actor, but I would be even worse at doing anything else.”
“Some age, others mature.”
“There is always a new challenge to keep you motivated.”
“There is nothing like a challenge to bring out the best in man.”
“There’s one major difference between James Bond and me. He is able to sort out problems!”