Wednesday, January 24, 2007

The Man

Sean Connery. He was the quintessential Bond until Daniel Craig finally gave him a run for his money. And we love him don't we? It doesn't matter how many bad movies the man does (League of Extraordinary Gentlemen anyone?) this 76 year old still manages to make women love him and men want to be him. What gives him this power? This charm? Perhaps it's the Scottish brogue. Or maybe it's simply the fact that the man has managed to be in quite a few movies. I tried to find a full filmography on the actor and it was kind of hard. Some lists show 85 movies or so and others only went to 60-something. But if you think about it, he's been in a lot of movies, many of them big hits. Obviously we probably best remember him as Bond. The Goldfinger Bond with none other than Pussy Galore. Could any other actor of his time have managed to pull off using that name and make it sound anything other than pornographic? Somehow, I doubt it. And being a sci-fi site, I couldn't very well not mention films like Highlander or Time Bandits, but I also loved The Untouchables and The Hunt for Red October. And then of course, there's Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Yes, to many people, Sean Connery is THE MAN. I don't know many people who don't like him or his movies. And no matter how many bad movies he makes (The Avengers, - Zardoz) we'll still pay good money to see him in a movie. So here's to the original James Bond. Long may he make movies, good or bad.

19 comments:

DesLily said...

I'm one of "those" who will watch anything he's in! (and yes the voice has almost as much influence as the looks!)

and I am one of the weird ones here I guess.. I like League of Extrodinary Gentlemen..heh, go figure huh?

His list of credits is a long one and picking favorites would be hard but one I've watched as much as any of them is Medicine Man. and another Finding Forester.

Jon the Intergalactic Gladiator said...

Ahhh Sean, put on some pants!

I haven't seen one of his Bond movies in quite a while, but he's great. Last Crusade, Untouchables, and Highlander are some of my favorites.

Don't forget that he was also the voice of Draco in Dragonheart.

Additionally, he was in Outland, which wasn't a great movie, but it was pretty good. Shootout at the OK Corral in a space station.

Angela/SciFiChick said...

Nice tribute. Yes, he is The Man.
He's right up there with Cary Grant, in my book.

SGT DUB said...

Yes, he is a man's man. There no mistaking that he is who everyman wants to be and every woman wants to be with. If false idols were ok, I'd have a bobbin head Sean on my dash.

SQT said...

Angela--I love Carey Grant too, and Humphrey Bogart is another huge favorite of mine.

Desliliy-- I'll still watch Medicine Man, terrible rating for some reason, but I liked it.

Jon-- I forgot about Draco.

Sgt Dub--A Sean bobble head, now there's a marketable idea.

The Curmudgeon said...

My wife has been sweet on Sean Connery since forever... although that last picture there might cure her.

DesLily said...

Connery produced Medicine Man as well as acted in it. It was done mainly to bring attention to the declining rain forests.

to me it was a good movie of hope.

Asara said...

Yay! I'm with deslily (I thought I'd be alone), I liked League of Extraordinary Gentlemen too! I felt pretty special when I saw it in the theater and was the only one in the group that knew who Dorian Gray was. I don't get many moments like that, so it was nice! :)

jedimerc said...

The irony is that Sean Connery was the second choice for Bond... Roger Moore could not get out of 'The Saint'...

Still, I always wanted to be like him when I grew up... but I still have a few decades to hope :)

I thought he was one of the better King Arthur's in 'First Knight'. His performance was very soulful and was really the heart of an otherwise stiff film (though Julia Ormond looked great).

Oh, and how can I forget 'Robin and Marian'... Connery and Audrey Hepburn in the same movie *sigh*

jedimerc said...

I liked Medicne Man as well... and jon brought up Outland (also with the late Peter Boyle), another underrated film, not great, but pretty good.

'Here endeth the lesson'... (I can't believe it's been 20 years for The Untouchables now... )

Jean-Luc Picard said...

He always seems to have that Scottish accent nowadays!

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

yeah we love him. we really do..... bee

Stewart Sternberg said...

I remember seeing my father when he was in his seventies, and he allowed a beard to grow. He looked like Sean Connery. I remember thinking...GREAT. Good. That means maybe I have a chance of...maybe if I lose weight.

I love Connery. His role in The Untouchables was incredible.

I won't tell you how I practice an impression of him for class and would come in doing Connery reciting old Motown songs.

Steven Novak said...

It was teh rape scene in HItchcoks Marnie that makes the ladies love him. ;)

Steve~

Alex said...

It's just too bad he can't act.

SQT said...

Trust me Alex, we don't love him for his acting. ;)

ShadowFalcon said...

Ramerez was uber cool

Alex said...

Oh, I know. I have said it before: the man has charisma. I'm not sure why, but I like a lot of his bad movies.

Mother Jones RN said...

I love his accent. I melt every time I hear him speak.

MJ