Some actors just fill a screen, they don’t even have to speak to be present. Sean Connery was the quintessential example of this. “Bond, James Bond,” the first time that he pronounces those words in “Dr. No” you knew this was THE actor for the role, a legend was born. Even though he was most famous for playing Bond, Connery was much more than that. “Marnie” (Alfred Hitchcock), “The Hill” (Sidney Lumet), “The Molly Maguires” (Martin Ritt) were made at the same time as his James Bond roles and were proof of his phenomenal talents as an actor. But his greatest role was unequivocally « The Man Who Would Be King » (John Huston) with his friends Michael Caine and Christopher Plummer. Witty, delightful and a pure example of the action star, he shines like never before.
Sadly, he only won one Oscar, for his role in the Untouchables (Brian de Palma).
Sean Connery is no more and with him disappears a certain type of action star. He has left us, however, with a never ending list of great performances. From “Indiana Jones” and “In the Name of the Rose”, to “Entrapment” and “Finding Forrester” in his ultimate’s years.