Sean Connery who played the famous James Bond role died at the age of 90 on 31st October 2020. Let’s have a look at the iconic career of Sean and how his James Bond role left an impact on the silver screen.
Crux of the Matter
Who Was Sean Connery?
Sir Thomas Sean Connery, a Scottish actor, served in the Royal Navy of UK (1946-1949) and received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II at Holyrood Palace in 2000.
He won an Oscar in 1988 for his role in the movie, The Untouchables.
He was famously known for the role of British Secret agent, James Bond 007. He starred in the first seven Bond movies from 1962 to 1983 and was considered the 20th-century icon of the silver screen. He celebrated his 90th birthday in August and died on 31st October 2020.
James Bond Novels
Ian Fleming is the creator of the character, James Bond. He wrote the initial 12 novels and 2 short story collections. The first novel to be published was Casino Royale in 1953. After Fleming’s death in 1964, several authors like, John Pearson, Christopher Wood, John Gardner, etc. continued the story till 1996. Thereafter, Raymond Benson carried it forward till 2002, and many more authors have continued to write since.
The latest novel published was Forever and a Day by Anthony Horowitz in May 2018.
There are currently 40 officially licensed James Bond books authored by six writers.
James Bond Movies in 2020
Bond movies are considered timeless due to his dynamic character. Spectre was the last movie released in 2015. No Time To Die was scheduled to be released in April 2020, but due to Covid-19, the date was postponed.
Now, it is set to release in April 2021. Daniel Craig will be reprising the role of Bond and the movie will also feature a titular song by Billie Eilish.
Here are some iconic and timeless dialogues of Bond:
Criticism On Bond
Despite his charm, the character of Bond has been deemed toxic and misogynistic by many critics.
The sadism of a schoolboy bully, the mechanical two-dimensional sex-longings of a frustrated adolescent, and the crude, snob-cravings of a suburban adult.The New Statesmen while reviewing Dr. No in 1958
A sexist, misogynist dinosaur, a relic of the Cold War, whose boorish charm [is] wasted on me.Judi Dench, who played the role of M (1995-2015) describing Bond
- James Bond Books became widely popular after John F. Kennedy named ‘From Russia with Love’ on his list of favourite books in 1961. This was also the last movie he saw before he was assassinated.
- Daniel Craig, who plays the current James Bond in the franchise, has the right to take any Aston Martin from the manufacturer which is a lifetime privilege from the company. Goldfinger was the first Bond film to feature Bond driving an Aston Martin.
- The gun made popular by James Bond, the Walther PPK, is the same model that Hitler used to kill himself.
- The existence of MI6, the agency with which James Bond works for in the movies, wasn’t officially acknowledged by the British government until 1994.