Happy Birthday, Sir Sean Connery
By The CBn Team on 2010-08-25
CommanderBond.net would like to wish Sir Sean Connery a happy and joyous Birthday…
80 years old and still attracting the ladies! Keep it up, Sir Sean!
- 1930: On August 25th Thomas Sean Connery was born into a working class family in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, UK. As the oldest of two boys he spent much of his youth working at menial jobs just to get by. He left school at and early age so he could work fulltime.
- 1946: At age 16, Connery enlisted in the Royal Navy. During his time in the Navy he got a couple of tattoos — one tattoo is a tribute to his parents: a bird with a scroll in its mouth that says “Mum and Dad” and the other is self explanatory: heart with a dagger through it saying “Scotland Forever.” His Naval career ended after three years because of a stomach ulcer and he returned to Edinburgh to work as a bricklayer, lifeguard, and coffin polisher.
- 1949: At the age of 19 Connery was a nude model for the Edinburgh Art College.
- 1950: Connery started up in modeling, bit theatrical parts, and chorus appearances. His stardom was no over night success story.
- 1953: Bodybuilding had become one of Sean Connery’s hobbies after leaving the Navy. He placed 3rd in the Mr. Universe competition this year.
- 1959: Connery caught the eyes of Bond producer Albert R. Broccoli and his wife, Dana Broccoli, when they saw him in Darby O’Gill and the Little People. Dana said, “Cubby, he’s fabulous.”
- 1962: “Bond, James Bond.” Connery first starred as Ian Fleming’s James Bond, 007, in Dr. No which skyrockered him to international fame. He also married his first wife, Diane Cilento, on December 6th.
- 1963: Connery continued as 007 in From Russia, With Love. Then on January 11th Sean’s son, Jason Connery, was born on (in 1990 Jason stared as Ian Fleming in Spymaker: The Secret Life of Ian Fleming).
- 1964: Sean Connery starred in his third outing as 007 in Goldfinger, the greatest film in his James Bond career. He also starred along side Tippi Hedren in Alfred Hitchcock’s Marnie.
- 1965: Connery starred as 007 in Thunderball.
- 1967: Connery starred as 007 in You Only Live Twice, after which he announced his retirement from the role. Connery’s wife, Diane, was the a stunt swimming double in this film.
- 1971: Connery returns to the role of 007 in Diamonds are Forever for the record salary of 1.3 Million dollars.
- 1973: Connery was divorced from wife, Diane Cilento.
- 1974: Connery starred as Colonel Arbuthno in Murder on the Orient Express.
- 1975: Connery starred in John Huston’s adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s adventure, The Man Who Would be King. And married his second wife, Micheline Roquebrune.
- 1976: Connery starred as Robin Hood alongside Audrey Hepburn in Robin and Marian. (His son Jason also played Robin Hood in the 1984 tv series Robin of Sherwood).
- 1979: Connery co-starred with Donald Sutherland in The First Great Train Robbery.
- 1979: Connery co-starred with John Cleese in Michael Crichton’s Time Bandits.
- 1983: In Connery’s final outing as James Bond, he starred in the unofficial Thunderball remake, Never Say Never Again (this title was suggested by his wife, Micheline, in reference to Connery’s repeated vows to never play the role of 007 again).
- 1986: Connery co-starred as Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez in Highlander.
- 1987: Connery caused an uproar in a December interview with Barbara Walters when she brought up a November 1965 Playboy interview where he mentioned it was OK to slap a woman.
- 1988: Sean Connery won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in The Untouchables (1987) at the 60th Annual Accadamy Awards. John Gardner’s 7th Bond novel, Scorpius, was published – in which Bond indirectly names Connery as one of his favorite actors while watching The Untouchables.
- 1989: Connery starred alongside Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. In the same year he was voted People Magazine’s Sexiest man Alive, to which he responded “Well there aren’t many sexy dead men, are there.”
- 1990: Connery co-starred with Alec Baldwin in The Hunt for Red October.
- 1991: Connery reprised his role as Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez in Highlander II: The Quickening.
- 1996: Connery co-starred with Nicolas Cage in The Rock. In the mid-90s Connery did some advertisements for Japan TV.
- 1997: Connery’s grandson, Dashiell Quinn, was born.
- 1999: Connery produced (via Fountainbridge Films) and starred in Entrapment. He was also voted People Magazine’s Sexiest Man of the Century. And on New Years Eve he received Knighthood from Britain’s Queen Elizabeth.
- 2003: Connery helped bring The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen comic-book to life by starring as Allan Quatermain.
- 2005: Sean Connery is back as James Bond! He provides his voice for EA’s video game From Russia with Love.
- 2008: Sean Connery releases his book, Being A Scot, which is labeled a ‘frank account of Connery’s life with an esoteric take on Scotland’s history and culture’.
- 2009: The paperback edition of Being A Scot is published in the UK.