I’m taking a break from my month-long Halloween programming to remember Sean Connery who died today at age 90. If you’ve been following my writing adventures over the last 15-years or so you will know that I’m a longtime Connery fan and enjoyed writing about the man and his films when time and opportunity allowed.
The James Bond films hold a special place in my movie loving heart but I was also fond of many other films Connery appeared in. He was especially good as the burned-out British police detective in The Offence (1973) and in The Hill (1965) playing a British officer accused of assaulting his commanding officer. Both films were directed by Sidney Lumet who was able to get some really intimate and complex character studies out of Connery. I also love him in many of the big budget adventure films he made such as The Man Who Would Be King (1975), The Great Train Robbery (1978) and The Wind and the Lion (1975). Connery often seemed bigger than life so these types of grand productions suited him well.
Other favorite Connery films include The Molly Mcguires (1970) where he plays the leader of a secret society of Irish coal miners trying to fight back against oppressive mine owners. He’s also very good as an aging Robin Hood in Robin and Marion (1978). Connery also appeared in one of the best science fiction films made in the 1970s, John Borman’s Zardoz (1974) which is a psychedelic and experimental look into the far off future.
What endured Connery to so many is that he kept on working right into the 1980s appearing in some really wonderful films such as Time Bandits (1981), Outlander (1981), Highlander (1986), The Name of the Rose (1986) and The Untouchables (1987). And while I didn’t find much to like about the overproduced, underwritten and cliché-filled Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), Connery was the film’s bright spot and he made a great father figure for Harrison Ford.
Rest in Peace Sir Sean. Few film figures have made such a powerful and lasting impression on viewer’s imaginations. He truly was one of the greatest screen icons to emerge in the 1960s and his presence will be felt for a long time to come.
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by Kimberly Lindbergs