Sean Connery (1962-1967)
Sean Connery had a legendary acting career that spanned over 50 films and included appearances in some of Hollywood’s most famous films such as 1964’s “Marnie”, 1989’s “Indiana Jones and the Last Campaign” and 1987’s “The Untouchables” for which he won an award Best Oscar Support. But when he passed away last year, he was best remembered as the first 007.
According to Connery, his interpretation of 007 managed to charm everyone except for original Bond novelist Ian Fleming.
He said, “I never really got to know Fleming until I got into the movie well, but I know he wasn’t happy with me as an option”, On the “South Bank Show” in 2008.
Despite Fleming’s reservations, Connery played the Secret Agent in seven films spanning from 1962 to 1983, and his version of Secret Agent is remembered not only as the finest in the series, but one of the finest in cinema history.
Connery’s powers as 007 came from his own gravity. As Barbara Walters best described in a 1987 interview, the Scotsman was Someone who didn’t try to be sexy-It’s simply oozing class. Connery could also claim to be the only Bond actor to actually pull off the famous phrase, “Martini, shake, don’t stir” and make it look cool.