Saturday 31 October 2020 by Davywavy

He lived twice. Once for himself, and once for everybody’s dreams


sean connery

Sean Connery has hit the ejection seat for the last time, we are sad to report.

Best known for defining James Bond to a degree that his successors would always be in his shadow, Connery played immortals in more than one sense. His Bond was a shark in a dinner jacket, a combination of killers eyes and cool.

Connery had only one accent, which he applied liberally to British, Spanish, Irish and Russian characters, but it didn’t matter. With the presence of a pillar of rock, he brought a centre to films which often did not deserve him.

Although his critics accused him of being limited in range, they were wrong; he portrayed everything from an inquisitive monk to a rebellious soldier to a two-fisted cop and never once did viewers feel short-changed. Instead, he always gave more than expected with unexpected subtlety and nuance.

With a weight of effortless cool, he combined gravitas with a twinkle that brought the audience into his world and made them feel involved beyond the screen.

The Kurgan couldn’t do it, Blofeld couldn’t do it, Professor Moriarity couldn’t do it; Connery always cheated death.

As Q once advised him, always make sure you’ve got an escape plan.

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