To many he is still the quintessential Bond... James Bond. Born in Edinburgh Scotland in 1930, Sean Connery's early working life hardly hinted at his future glamorous life as he took jobs ranging from milkman to lifeguard. His first taste of success came when he placed 3rd in the 1953 Mr. Universe contest. When another competitor suggested he try out for a part in the stage production of South Pacific, Connery found himself hooked on a new profession--acting. His role as James Bond was almost accidental; initially Carey Grant was asked to play the part but demanded too much money. Since landing his breakthrough role, the actor has gone on to leave an indelible mark on the film industry playing a wide range of no-nonsense tough guys. One of those roles, Jimmy Malone in The Untouchables, was recognized with an Oscar in 1987.
- Tuesday April 29 at 9:00AM EDT
Video from this Episode
Sean Connery - Dr. No (2:57)
Sean Connery - Legacy (2:03)
Sean Connery - Indiana Jones (2:10)
After producer Albert Broccoli bought the rights to Ian Flemings’ novel" Dr. No," budgets led them to search for an unknown to play the part of James Bond.
Sean Connery has become one of the most recognized and sought after actors in Hollywood and around the world.
In 1987, Sean Connery received an Academy Award for his portrayal of a hard-nosed cop in Brian De Palma’s film, "The Untouchables." His performance would gain him not one, but two standing ovations at the Oscars.
Determined to distance himself from the Bond franchise, Sean Connery began to explore new content, including the historical epic "The Man Who Would Be King."
Sean Connery was able to return to the world of 007 and produce his own Bond film alongside director Irvin Kershner.
Stephen Spielberg and George Lucas cast Sean Connery as Harrison Ford’s father in "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade."