Everyone has a film that introduced them to the on-screen legend, Sir Thomas Sean Connery. Many know him as their first James Bond, while others consider him as Jimmy Malone from “The Untouchables” or even as Henry Jones Sr. in “Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade." He was always an actor that drew in crowds from a variety of tentpole type titles. As an actor, Connery gave of the charisma and “cool man” charm that classic actors are known for. The way he walked and talked hypnotized audiences on the screen, whereas he was a different man off. What no one could deny was that he had a truly undeniable talent and presence both on and off the screen.
In his recent passing, the outcry of love and mourning from those in his community showed just the kind of person he was. Most notably, the current James Bond (Daniel Craig) had nothing but fond memories of the type of person he was. “He defined an era and a style. The wit and charm he portrayed on screen could be measured in megawatts; he helped create the modern blockbuster.” Ever since his younger years, Connery had always considered becoming an actor. He had always toyed with the idea while also considering becoming a professional soccer player. Thankfully advice from fellow actor Robert Henderson steered him on the path that the world knows him for today. For someone who started from such humble beginnings, he really completed a dream had by so many.
Initially a B-Movie actor, he was someone who never expected the big break he got. What makes his breakthrough onto the man screen so absolutely fascinating is how he skipped one major step. Normally, when an actor goes out for a part, he completes what is commonly known as a screen test. This is where the actor tries out some dialogue (sometimes not being from the part he’s auditioning for) just for the creators to see his look on camera. Well for Connery, a producer on the film named Harry Saltzman saw his look and gave him the part without a screen test. This was definitely something out of the ordinary, which showed Hollywood that this was someone to watch.
Being known as the actor who starred in the most financially successful James Bond movies, he was picky with his choices. Known in the film world as being someone who only picked roles he was interested in, it allowed him to be more creative. After his last appearance as Bond in “Never Say Never Again,” he really came forward with choosing films that I came to know him from. He started in his 1988 award-winning performance in “The Untouchables” and continued his growth and maturity as an actor the more time went on. Playing in projects like “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” (1989), “The Hunt for Red October” (1990), and “The Rock” (1996) showed his range as an actor.
Winning a total of 17 awards, some of those included an Oscar for best supporting actor, a Cecil B. DeMille award (for outstanding contributions in the entertainment world) and even several British academy awards. For someone so well known in the entertainment world, he kept his social life incredibly private. One of the more surprising and interesting things about the screen legend was that he was only married twice. It’s never clear as to why he divorced from actress Diane Cilento, but he remained married to Micheline Roquebrune until his dying day. Known for being a severely private man, it was until his passing that his diagnosis of dementia was revealed. Connery was a true definition of a universal actor. His career covered a variety of different film roles which showed his massive talent. The range, likeability and general command of the film screen is something audiences will surely miss on the silver screen.