Bond......James Bond Essay

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Sir Thomas Sean Connery (born August 25, 1930 in Edinburgh, Scotland) is an Oscar-winning Scottish film and stage actor and producer who is also well-known for his portrayal of James Bond. His character's catch phrase "Bond, James Bond," has become particularly famous.He began his theatrical career as an extra in the chorus, playing bit parts, and modeling. From those modest beginnings, he has become an international film icon. Many fans and critics believe that his talent and appeal continued to improve with time.Connery is known for his trademark Scottish accent and saturnine good looks.Connery was born in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, to a Christian mixed-denomination couple. His father, Joseph Connery, was a Catholic of Irish descent with roots in County Wexford, Ireland and his mother, Euphamia "Effie" Maclean, was Protestant. He claims he was called by his middle name Sean long before he became an actor, explaining that he had an Irish friend named Seamus and those who knew them both decided to call him by his middle name whenever he was with Seamus, and it stuck.His first job was as a milkman with St. Cuthbert's Co-operative Society. He then joined the Royal Navy, and after being discharged on medical grounds he briefly returned to the Co-op then went on to a succession of jobs, including truck driver, labourer, artist's model for the Edinburgh College of Art[2] and lifeguard. He competed (under the name Thom Connery) in the 1953 Mr. Universe contest won by Bill Pearl, coming third in the tall man's division. Another competitor, Johnny Isaacs, suggested that he try out for a stage production of South Pacific, which led to work on the stage, TV, and eventually film. As a weight lifter, his nickname was "Big Tam".He was married to the Australian-born actress Diane Cilento from 1962 until 1973 (he was her second husband). They have one son, Jason Connery (born January 11, 1963), who was educated at Millfield School in Somerset, England, and the rigorous Gordonstoun boarding school in Scotland, before going on to become an actor. According to Jason, his parents' divorce was an extremely bitter and painful affair (Diane Cilento has reportedly just written an autobiography that paints an unflattering portrait of her ex-husband). Since 1975, Sean Connery has been married to French-Tunisian artist Michelle Roquebrune Connery.Connery, best known to audiences around the world for his role as James Bond, has appeared as Bond in seven films, beginning with Dr. No in 1962, and concluding with Never Say Never Again in 1983. In all, the Connery-Bond films are:Dr. No (1962)From Russia with Love (1963)Goldfinger (1964)Thunderball (1965)You Only Live Twice (1967)Diamonds Are Forever (1971)Never Say Never Again (1983 'unofficial')The hulking yet light-footed Connery was discovered by Harry Saltzman after numerous names as possible contenders for Bond were ruled out or unavailable, including most notably David Niven, who later played Bond in the 1967 spoof...

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