Sean Connery

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Sean Connery at the 2008 Edinburgh International Film Festival

Sir Thomas Sean Connery (born August 25, 1930) is a Scottish actor and film producer who is perhaps best known as the first actor to portray James Bond in cinema, starring in seven Bond films. He is a campaigner for Scottish independence.


  • I suppose more than anything else I'd like to be an old man with a good face, like Hitchcock or Picasso. They know that life is not just a popularity contest.
    • Interview in the Saturday Evening Post (June 6, 1964).
  • An open-handed slap is justified – if all other alternatives fail and there has been plenty of warning. If a woman is a bitch, or hysterical, or bloody-minded continually, then I'd do it.
    • Playboy magazine, 1965.
  • There are women who take it to the wire. That's what they are looking for, the ultimate confrontation. They want a smack.
  • When I spoke about Bond with Fleming, he said that when the character was conceived, Bond was a very simple, straightforward, blunt instrument of the police force, a functionary who would carry out his job rather doggedly. But he also had a lot of idiosyncrasies that were considered snobbish -- such as a taste for special wines, et cetera. But if you take Bond in the situations that he is constantly involved with, you see that it is a very hard, high, unusual league that he plays in. Therefore he is quite right in having all his senses satisfied -- be it sex, wine, food or clothes -- because the job, and he with it, may terminate at any minute. But the virtues that Amis mentions -- loyalty, honesty -- are there, too.
    • PLAYBOY interview November 1965.

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