Welcome to another installment of Movies, Movies, Movies! This week will be a special installment listing and lightly commenting on my favorite Sean Connery movies. Most of you have heard that Sir Connery passed away on October 31 at the age of 90 in the Bahamas. He was credited as an actor in 94 productions and won 38 awards and was nominated for 29 more, which is truly impressive.
Lifted directly from imdb:
Thomas Sean Connery was born on August 25, 1930 in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh. His mother, Euphamia C. Maclean, was a cleaning lady, and his father, Joseph Connery, was a factory worker and truck driver. He also has a brother named Neil Connery, who works as a plasterer in Edinburgh. He is of Irish and Scottish descent. Before going into acting, Sean had many different jobs, such as a milkman, lorry driver, a laborer, artist’s model for the Edinburgh College of Art, coffin polisher and bodybuilder. He also joined the Royal Navy, but was later discharged because of medical problems. At the age of 23, he had a choice between becoming a professional footballer or an actor, and even though he showed much promise in the sport, he chose acting and said it was one of his more intelligent moves.
Although there are many movies I love that he was in, today’s list is limited to 5, and they will be listed in chronological order from earliest to latest.
Darby O’Gill & the Little People (1959)
Back in the day of when we had cable TV and VCR’s this movie was probably on The Disney Channel or some equivalent and we taped it on the VCR. It means we were able to watch it over and over again. The delightful tale begins with an older groundskeeper, Darby O’Gill, on a fine estate who lives with his young, pretty daughter in the groundskeeper cottage. The owner of the estate is unhappy with Darby’s performance and is looking to replace Darby. Enter a very young and handsome Sean Connery. When the pretty daughter learns Sean’s character wants her father’s job and their cozy cottage, the sparks fly. Sean’s character is the easy-going stranger looking to win the heart of the feisty Irish lass. Sean even sings in here and he’s not half bad! Darby looks to the Little People for assistance, and all sorts of adventure ensues. This story is truly heartwarming and has an innocence that has been lost to a large extent in modern cinema.
James Bond (1962-1983)
OK OK James Bond isn’t a movie, but the character is an iconic figure created by Ian Fleming and brought to life by Sean Connery. I think one other actor did one movie before Sean but he’s THE Bond, James Bond, Agent 007.
I’d hazard a guess that not many reading this have seen Zardoz. I learned about it from my kids and was able to find a DVD to watch it. It’s Sean like you’ve never seen him before. I liken his role in this mind-bending science fiction thriller as equivalent to Charlton Heston in Planet of the Apes. For those who haven’t seen it, try to picture the god-like physique of a young Sean Connery in a red skimpy outfit as a “brute” that kills as part of his nature. Then picture him clashing with a group of “civilized” humans that have risen above the pettiness of violence. This film is a sleeper that stayed with me long after the chaos of the surface was gone.
Sean plays Marshal William T. O’Niel, a space cop who is sent to a mining operation on Jupiter’s moon, IO, after several suspicious deaths of miners, to investigate. The more he learns in his investigation the more threatening he becomes to certain interested parties. It’s a crime thriller that has you on the edge of your seat as you watch. Connery plays the role just right. It’s another one that was recorded on VHS and watched many times.
Highlander, the story of the time-traveling, immortal Connor McLeod of the Clan McLeod (played by a dashing Christopher Lambert) is the story about dueling immortals. You see, “There can be only one” Highlander. I’m not sure how it is that Sean Connery’s character, Ramirez, doesn’t duel it out with Connor but instead acts as his teacher but it’s fine by me. Connor has to duel it out with others though with their mighty swords. Ramirez is a handsome pirate-looking gentleman. There have been at least a few Highlander sequels and at least one series based on them, but Connery is only in the first one.
In my search for the clips I found the following one. A fitting conclusion to this post.
There you have it, my favorite Sean Connery movies. Thanks for the memories!