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There Will Never Be Another James Bond Like Sean Connery; Academy Award Winner Passed Away At The Age Of 90

As the iconic Sean Connery, who was synonymous with James Bond passed away today at the age of 90 we go down memory lane and tell you why there will never be another James Bond-like Connery

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There Will Never  Be  Another James Bond Like Sean Connery; Academy Award Winner Passed Away At The Age Of 90
“The  name  is Bond, James  Bond.”  No one said the iconic line quite like the Scottish superstar Sean  Connery. With due respect to Daniel Craig—and I  am sure he will agree with me—there never be another  Bond-like Sean,  a Bond who bonded with the audience like no other. Sean Connery first played  James Bond in 1962  in Dr. No. He went on to play the role in seven subsequent films all mega-hits. As dry as the martini  Bond enjoyed, Connery’s  007 was a tour de force of comic-book heroism replete with set pieces and choreographed stunts which he carried off with a Scottish virility.

The wenches were swooning. But Sean was sick of it. He confessed dealing with the popularity that  Bond got him was a bit of a nightmare.  He wanted out. In  1971  he did what he thought was going to be his last Bond film  Diamonds  Are Forever.  Thereafter he proceeded to do some of his most unforgettable roles and performances in films like  The Wind  & The  Lion, The Man  Who Would  Be King, and most notably Robin & Marian, a gentle elegiac reworking of the  Robinhood myth for which  Connery personally coaxed the mythic Audrey  Hepburn out of retirement.

Robin & Marian ranks as Connery’s career-best performance. A character in the film says, ‘He(Robin Hood) Has become a legend. Have you ever tried to fight a legend?’   Robin & Marian was like one legend playing another. It was more than that: it was one legend Sean Connery trapped in another legend James  Bond, playing a third (Robin Hood).

Several masterly performances in semi-classics like The Name  Of The  Rose (where Connery was magnificent as a  priest)  and the gangster epic  The Untouchables (which won him an Oscar for  Best Supporting Actor)  followed. But Connery was not done with Bond as yet. In  1983 he returned as  Bond for the last time in Never  Say Never Again.

The scars of being permanently typecast never left  Sean Connery’s career. Despite many magnificent performances outside Bond-age, Connery remained for all practical purposes, James Bond in the public mind. He hated being reminded of it. And why should he not? When he proved himself a  versatile actor many times over?

His last full-length feature film appearance was in 2003 in  Stephen Norrington’s  The League  Of  Extraordinary Gentleman,  an extraordinarily awful film where our own Naseeruddin Shah got to share screen space with Connery.  The film and its box office disaster left Sean deeply embittered. He never returned to a full-length role, moved to Spain to a life of amplified luxury with his second wife  Micheline Roquebrune. They were together till his death on October  30 at  90.

A  life well-lived,  a career that spanned generations and a role that made him a household name, Sean  Connery couldn’t have asked for more.

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