Sir Thomas Sean Connery (Sean Connery) born 25.8.1930
Sean Connery is a Scottish actor, best known for starring as the lead role in seven James Bond films. He was knighted in July 2000, by Queen Elizabeth II of England.
Childhood: Sean Connery was born in the Fountainbridge area of Edinburgh, to Euphamia and Joseph Connery. His father was Roman Catholic, whilst his mother was a Scottish Protestant.
Sean's first job was working as a milkman. He joined the Royal Navy but was honourably discharged on medical grounds. His other jobs included being a model for artists at the Edinburgh College of Art, a coffin polisher and a lorry driver.
Connery began to pursue acting work when a fellow contestant in the 1953 Mr. Universe competition suggested that he audition for a stage production of South Pacific.
Early Career: Connery landed the role in South Pacific and this soon led to a variety of film and television roles. One of his notable early appearances was in the 1961 BBC production of Anna Karenina, by Rudolph Cartier. His debut television appearance in the United States was on the Jack Benny Show.
The James Bond years: The seven James Bond films, in which Sean Connery appeared as the title character, were: Dr. No (1962), From Russia With Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), Diamonds Are Forever (1971) and Never Say Never Again (1983). He beat the likes of David Niven, Cary Grant and James Mason to the role, as the producers were forced to choose an unknown actor to suit the low budget of the film. Although initially doubtful of the casting, the author Ian Fleming went on to create a half-Scottish, half Swedish heritage for the character in his subsequent Bond novels.
Connery quit the Bond series in 1967, fearing that he would become typecast, though he made his last 007 appearance in Diamonds Are Forever, in 1971. He did, however, return to the Bond films in the 1980s, to star in Never Say Never Again, which reportedly earned its title after Connery had said "never again" when asked if he would play Bond again.
Life After Bond: Following his departure from the Bond franchise, Connery featured in films such as Murder On the Orient Express and A Bridge Too Far, whilst his role as Mulai Ahmed er Raisuli in The Wind and The Lion earned him substantial acclaim, silencing critics who felt that he was a one-dimensional actor.
Showing a capacity for humour and an ability to laugh at himself, Connery accepted the role of Agamemnon in Time Bandits. Michael Palin had described Agamemnon in the script as "Sean Connery (or someone of equal, but cheaper, stature)". Connery overlooked the joke and took the role.
In 1986, Sean Connery won a BAFTA for his role in The Name of The Rose. He followed this up by taking an equally credible role, in Highlander. The next year, he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor: this time for his role in The Untouchables.
Connery went on to appear in a number of box office hits, including Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), The Hunt for Red October (1990), The Rock (1996) and Entrapment (1999).
Following these commercial successes, Connery's career took something of a critical nosedive, with films such as First Knight (1995) and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003) proving to be something of a laughing subject for many critics.
Time Out: In August 2008, Sean Connery released his autobiography, Being A Scot, which he had taken time out from acting in order to write.
Personal Life: Sean Connery's first marriage, to Diane Cilento, lasted from 1962 to 1973. They had one son together, Jason Connery, who is also now an actor. Jason provided Sean with his first grandchild, Dashiell Quinn Connery, in 1997.
Sean's second marriage, in 1975, was to Micheline Roquebrune.
Steve Martin has been awarded the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award which he will receive in a special ceremony in June 2015.
Steve Martin will receive the "highest honour in film", the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award. The AFI announced the news on their website on Friday (3rd October).
Steve Martin has been awarded the AFI Life Achievement Award.
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Sir Sean Connery - Celebrities attend the Men's Singles semi-final match between Rafael Nadal and Richard Gasquet at the US Open Tennis Tournamnt at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center - New York City, NY, United States - Saturday 7th September 2013
Bill O'Reily and Sean Connery - Celebrities attend the 2013 US Open Tennis Championships game between Novak Djokovic and Mikhail Youzhny at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center - New York, United States - Thursday 5th September 2013
Sean Connery - Day 11, Andy Murray, GBR v Stanislas Wawrinka, SUI, match, the US Open Tennis Tournament, at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center, in Flushing, Queens, New York. - New York, NY, United States - Thursday 5th September 2013
The rapper couldn't have foreseen the storm he would cause by calling out every other hip-hop artist under the sun. But is he being hated or congratulated?
Big Sean's new track 'Control' was only released on Tuesday but already the rap world is up in arms over guest rapper Kendrick Lamar's 3 minute verse in which he boasts, disses and namechecks other artists in order to make it sound like he's the undisputed big dog.
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Jermaine Cole, Big KRIT, Pusha T, Drake, A$AP Rocky, Mac Miller, NaS, Eminem, Andre 3000 and Meek Millz are not even all the names spat out by Lamar as the rapper compares himself to a King, the Pope and Italian writer/politician Machiavelli. He also adds in Lindsay Lohan, Sir Paul McCartney and Sean Connery for good measure, just in case Hollywood or The Beatles' guitarist ever considers encroaching on his self-anointed rap lordship.
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It's less than two weeks until the most prestigious movie awards ceremony - the Academy Awards -takes place on February 24th 2013 and rumours are flying around everywhere about alleged appearances. One of the biggest is, in the wake of the 50th anniversary of the first James Bond movie 'Dr No', all six actors who have portrayed the British spy (from Sean Connery to Daniel Craig) will show up for one huge reunion on the Oscars stage. But just how likely is it happen?
Sean Connery has, according to the Daily Record, been invited to attend the so-called reunion, as sources reveal that they've 'not had a no from him'. 'Normally he is quick to turn things down', they said. 'Sean's relationship with the Oscars is good and we're hoping he'll appear.' The paper also went on to claim that Sean's 'issues' with the producers of James Bond may deter him from attending the event, although we've always thought of him as seeming rather proud of being the original 007 star so it would seem odd for him to refuse on that account. On the other hand, according to the Edinburgh Evening News, the Scottish actor didn't even know about the rumours, with his press agent claiming that no-one has yet asked him to get involved.
One who would be likely to attend is Sir Roger Moore; a man who was loved by so many that he played the role of Bond for 12 years, completing 7 movies between 1973 and 1985. He celebrated the 50th anniversary of the franchise last year by releasing his book 'Bond on Bond: The Ultimate Book On 50 Years Of Bond Movies' so it certainly seems like it's a part of his life he holds dear. He mentioned in an interview on the 'Today' show that it was like 'working with a family every 18 months' but regrets that he finished his book before he saw the latest 007 movie 'Skyfall'. 'I would write another chapter', he said. 'I think it is just the best Bond ever made.' However, as happy as he seems to be constantly associated with the fictional secret agent, he wasn't spotted at the 2013 BAFTAS on February 10th 2013 where 'Skyfall' won 'Best British Film'.
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George W. Bush's truck - a 2009 Ford F-150 King Ranch SuperCrew - has sold for $300,000 at auction, to raise money for a house charity that benefits U.S. military families. The white pickup truck was sold as part of the Barrett-Jackson auction house's sale of collectible cars in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The former President and his wife Laura Bush used the pickup at their ranch in Crawford, Texas, where they would frequently entertain guests, family and visiting dignitaries. "I haven't driven on a street in many, many years, but I have been able to drive this truck on my ranch," Bush said in a statement. To add value to the auction, President Bush signed the right airbag panel of the vehicle and the anonymous buyer also received a video of Bush driving the truck around his ranch, situated about 120 miles from his Dallas home. Proceeds from the sale benefit the Fisher House Foundation, a charity that provides free houses for families of military service members who are receiving medical treatment, according to MSN.com.
The question is, which vehicle would you rather own - George Bush's pickup truck, or the BATMOBILE? The latter - driven by Adam West in the original Batman TV series - was sold at the same auction for $4.6 million! It ties the record for the highest selling movie of TV car at auction, with Sean Connery's famous Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger going for the same amount in 2010.
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Daniel Craig, 44, is officially the highest earning Bond actor of all time and has now risen to become one of the top paid actors in the world. Though there had been murmurings that Craig would leave his post as 007, the Lancashire born actor has now signed a £31 million contract to pay the international spy twice more.
The pay-rise was inevitable following the phenomenal success of Skyfall, Sam Mendes' new Bond movie that took £57 million in 12 days in the UK. Craig is expected to appear in the next movie as early as 2014, though it's unclear whether his pal Mendes will be back behind the camera. For his first appearance as Bond in Casino Royale, Craig was paid £1.9 million before getting £4.4 million for the follow-up Quantum of Solace. His salary more than doubled to £10.7 million for Skyfall, which was £3 million more than Pierce Brosnan got for The World Is Not Enough in 1999. In today's money, Roger Moore was paid an average of £6.3 million per movie, while Timothy Dalton got £5.4 million. Craig has been lauded by critics as the best Bond since Sean Connery - who was paid just £10,000 for Dr No - and possibly the best Bond ever. His salary for the next two movies puts him firmly amongst Hollywood's elite earners, such as Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp. It is thought the latter commands around $20 million per instalment of the hugely successful Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Yesterday, Craig paid a visit to Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, where he introduced a special screening of Skyfall to 800 British servicemen and women.
The new deal could scupper Idris Elba's chances of landing the Bond role. Though he's met with producers regarding becoming 007, he would be 46-years-old in 2018, the likely year of the first post-Daniel Craig Bond.
James Bond star Daniel Craig has been warned that his hair loss is starting to become a major concern for network executives, who have warned the actor that he needs to curb his hair loss in order to keep his job as Her Majesty's finest agent.
Reports have emerged online that the actor is been told to get a hair transplant in order to maintain Bond's sex appeal and believability as his hair continues to recede back. It appears that Skyfall's massive success and appraisals may mean nothing to the films producers, as they are more concerned in having a Bond with a full head of hair as apposed to a Bond that is already been touted as the best there's been.
In other Bond news, it has emerged that Skyfall director Sam Mendes wanted the original 007, Sean Connery, to make a cameo appearance in the hit film, that is still performing strongly at the box office. Although he regularly likes to reiterate the fact that he is retired and has no plans to return in front of the camera anytime soon, Mendes was apparently desperate to sign up to veteran actor (who has long rocked the hairless look) when the film was in production, but the Scot would not budge.
Sam Mendes has been doing the U.S. promotional rounds for his James Bond movie Skyfall, ahead of its stateside release this week and gave one golden nugget of information away to the The Huffington Post. The Oscar winner has received unanimous praise for Skyfall though at one point he considered having not one, but two Bonds to star in the movie.
The filmmaker revealed that there was an idea to have Sean Connery - the first Bond - to appear in a cameo role! "There was a definite discussion about that - way, way early on. But I think that's problematic. Because, to me, it becomes too ... it would take you out of the movie," Mendes explained. We think he's right: Mendes and Daniel Craig have been applauded for moving Bond into a modern setting whilst still protecting the original idea - bringing Connery back would have been nostalgic and frankly unnecessary. "Connery is Bond and he's not going to come back as another character. It's like, he's been there. So, it was a very brief flirtation with that thought, but it was never going to happen, because I thought it would distract," added Mendes.
Connery has pretty much retired from acting now anyway, safe in the knowledge that he's generally considered the finest ever Bond. He's also distanced himself from the franchise, recently being the only Bond not to participate in the "Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007 documentary. Skyfall opens in theaters nationwide on November 9th.
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Next week sees the release of Bond film number 23, Skyfall; It's the third outing for Daniel Craig as the British spy, and the first to see him drop the shaken-not-stirred classic drink of the iconic character, in favour of Heineken.
The Mirror not only gave Skyfall 5/5 stars, it also said that “Daniel Craig gives Sean Connery a damn good run for his money as the best Bond actor”. If this really is true then what is it that makes Craig, and the film, so good? In an interview with MTV.com Craig said "I like to think [I have input]. Certainly, [the producers] let me talk; whether they listen to me, I don't know. The truth of it is that Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson, the producers, they allow me to get involved, and it means so much to me. I always said to them when I did 'Casino Royale,' 'I don't care about many things, but if you allowed me to be involved, I can pretend to be James Bond.'"
Sam Mendes as director can't go wrong really either. Although this is his first action movie, Mendes' portfolio is more than impressive, without a scar upon it. American Beauty, his first film, was rife with tensionm which is an attribute well suited to the action/thriller genre as well. Craig is also contracted for another two films, and the next film has been reported to already in the first stages of production, with a release date for sometime in 2014. With a four year gap between Skyfall and the last film, Quantum of Solace, Craig said "I think they'd like to [speed up the timetable], and I think that would be the plan. That was too long last time, although I quite enjoyed the gap, but it's too long. As long as we've got the script and we're ready to go, there's no reason why we can't start shooting."