MCM: Sean Connery

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Sean Connery passed away on October 31, 2020, and while he’s best-known for his iconic portrayal of James Bond, he also popped up in frock flicks over the years and thus deserves a look-back. He was a proud Scotsman, having supported Scottish independence, but he also had a questionable history of misogyny. Still, his work lives on, and we thank him for these performances.

 

 

Harry Percy, surnamed Hotspur, in An Age of Kings (1960)

Sean Connery, An Age of Kings (1960)

Essentially Shakespeare’s Richard II & Henry IV for an early TV serial.

 

Macbeth in Macbeth (1961)

Sean Connery, Macbeth (1961)

More Shakespeare on TV.

 

Alexander, King of Macedonia, in Adventure Story (1961)

Sean Connery, Adventure Story (1961)

Lots of history on the BBC!

 

Count Alexis Vronsky in Anna Karenina (1961)

Sean Connery, Anna Karenina (1961)

And classic literature on the Beeb!

 

Pvt. Flanagan in The Longest Day (1962)

Sean Connery, The Longest Day (1962)

The famous WWII film.

 

Shalako in Shalako (1968)

Sean Connery, Shalako (1968)

Gotta love a ’60s western starring a Scotsman & Brigitte Bardot :D

 

Roald Amundsen in The Red Tent (1969)

Sean Connery, The Red Tent (1969)

About the 1928 Arctic expedition that resulted in this famed explorer’s disappearance & death.

 

Jack Kehoe in The Molly Maguires (1970)

Sean Connery, The Molly Maguires (1970)

Irish miners fight for better working conditions in Pennsylvanian coal mines of 1876.

 

Col. Arbuthnot in Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

Sean Connery, Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

The Agatha Christie classic!

 

Daniel Dravot in The Man Who Would Be King (1975)

Sean Connery, The Man Who Would Be King (1975)

Based on a Rudyard Kipling story and set in the 1880s.

 

Robin Hood in Robin and Marian (1976)

Sean Connery, Robin and Marian (1976)

Set 20 years after the events of the well-known Robin Hood tale.

 

Pierce in The Great Train Robbery (1978)

Sean Connery, The Great Train Robbery (1978)

A wild caper set in 1855.

 

Don Juan Sánchez-Villalobos Ramírez in Highlander (1986)

Sean Connery, Highlander (1986)

There can be only one!

 

William von Baskerville in The Name of the Rose (1986)

Sean Connery, The Name of the Rose (1986)

Mystery with medieval monks.

 

Jim Malone in The Untouchables (1987)

Sean Connery, The Untouchables (1987)

Mob mayhem during Prohibition.

 

Professor Henry Jones in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

Anthony Powell, Indiana Jones and the LastCrusade (1989) - Sean Connery

We named the dog Indiana!

 

King Richard in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)

Sean Connery, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)

The only reason to hang around till the end (after Alan Rickman).

 

King Arthur in First Knight (1995)

Sean Connery, First Knight (1995)

A take on the King Arthur story.

 

Allan Quatermain in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)

Sean Connery, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)

Part of that whole steampunk thing!

 

 

 

What’s your favorite historical costume role played by Sean Connery?

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33 Responses

  1. Orian Hutton

    Toss up for me between ‘The Man Who Would Be King’ and ‘ Robin and Marion’. Loved having an old Robin Hood; that sword fight was wonderful.

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    • M.E. Lawrence

      “She talks in her sleep.” Sean always had a wonderful poker face. (And Ford’s double take on hearing this observation…) Am not crazy about the series, but the casting here was perfect.

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  2. Nzie

    Yeah, I have to go with Dr. Jones, too. It’s just too fun of a movie, and he hit all the right notes between serious and not taking it too seriously.

    Also, I never remember he’s in The Longest Day, which has TONS of big names in small parts, probably because he really looks quite different without the beard. I think the beard (and facial hair generally) suited him well, and the man looks good in a hat (all sorts of hats, in fact).

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  3. andie

    I’ve always been fond of The Wind and the Lion. He and Candice Bergen have excellent chemistry and Brian Keith as Roosevelt is a real treat.

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    • M.E. Lawrence

      I also enjoy the fact that he can’t really manage a non-Gaelic-type accent, but is still obviously having a wonderful time. Joy in performing is not that common.

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  4. Boxermom

    Does Time Bandits count? He played Agamemnon- a minor role I know, but still effective. :)

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  5. ctrent29

    Strange, I have never really associated him with period drama, despite him being in a number of them. And despite Jimmy Malone being my favorite Connery role.

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  6. Roxana

    The sexiest man in film. The only reason to watch Highlander or First Knight. Adorable as Dr. Jones sr. and a memorable aging Robin Hood. So sorry he’s gone.

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    • Andrew.

      Agreed. An intense drama, (rather like Tunes of Glory). Brutal and not for the light of heart. Also, not a frock in sight.

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  7. Charity

    I absolutely adore him as King Arthur in First Knight. He was so splendid and majestic, I never understood why Guinevere would look at that goober Lancelot. :P

    His death saddened me, but I thank him for so many great cinematic memories.

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    • M.E. Lawrence

      OMG, I remember seeing DO’G back when I was a rug rat. That was Sean?! Just Googled it; Sean is faux-adorable and the songs are revolting. Misogyny and all, I’m glad he became Mr. Bond.

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  8. Thora Sharptooth

    Darby O’Gill was my first encounter, as a small child back before the first Bond movie was made. But my favorite will always be Robin & Marian (“he was my king”). Also Indiana Jones, Time Bandits (fabulous Minoan-Mycenaean moment!), The Name of the Rose, and The Wind and the Lion.

    It was very amusing to see him play so many Anglo-Saxon icons with that accent. I do wish he hadn’t been such a pig, though.

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  9. Lily Lotus Rose

    My fave role is a tie between Jim Malone in The Untouchables and Dr. Jones in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. That said, I loved him as King Arthur in First Knight and as Allan Quatermain in The League of Extraordinary Gentleman–those movies weren’t great, but he was excellent in his roles. And, yes, he totally brightens up the ending Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves! He will be missed!!

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  10. Jennifer Quail

    Funny how I don’t think of Indy as period movies, but they really are.

    Of the rest…gotta love “The Name of the Rose.” The story goes that the director had ZERO thought of casting Connery as William of Baskerville and Connery basically bulled his way into his office and said “Let me read you ONE LINE.” And he delivered one line and had the role. They never said what line it was. I’d love to know.

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  11. Monabel

    I fell in love with Connery as Hotspur on the telly when I was a teenager in England. Also saw him on stage as Holofernes, costumed in what was essentially a g-string. Seared into my memory.

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  12. Maya

    I gotta admit, given the way FF usually leans feminist, I’m surprised there’s no mention if the fact that he endorsed beating women and abused his wife.

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    • Roxana

      I’m sorry to hear that but it doesn’t change my opinion of his work. It’s the actor I admired, not the man.

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    • MoHub

      That was his first wife. I believe he grew up after that and had a good, long second marriage.

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