Men Wanted to Be Him … Women Wanted To Be With Him.

Sean Connery
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November01/ 2020

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Nov 1, 2020

Sean Connery RIP

Men Wanted To Be Him / Women Wanted To Be With Him !!

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For all you BobLee Buddies: If I asked you … What person – living or dead – would you like to “be” (“have been”) ?  Your answers would be all over the place … athletes – entertainers – billionaires – astronauts – authors – religious leaders – politicians (??? Oops, YUCK. Lets forget that one) – rock stars – et al.

But if I gave you a list of ten names to stir your thoughts … and Sean Connery was on that list. Oh Yeah!  No More Calls … We Have Our Winner!

Similarly for all you BobLee Babes:  What famous person would you like to “be with”? … and Sean Connery was given as a possibility …. Yep!

Sean Connery died this past week at 90 … at his longtime home in Nassau The Bahamas.

His Wikipedia page goes into his early years as a milkman … a Scottish rugby player … a competitive bodybuilder … and a fledging actor on the British stage and films in the late 50s.  Not unlike the early years of many to-become-very-famous actors such as Kevin Costner and Harrison Ford.

It was 1962 that he was picked by film producer “Cubby” Broccoli’s wife as “he’s the one” for the film Dr. No … over the initial objections of author Ian Fleming.  Sean Connery was “too rugged” for Fleming’s vision of his British spy – James Bond – Fleming was overruled.   During the filming of Dr. No Fleming’s image of his creation changed to fit the man in the role.  In other words

… Was Sean Connery “James Bond” or was “James Bond” Sean Connery ?

Clark Gable WAS “Rhett Butler”Clint Eastwood WAS “Dirty Harry”.  It is impossible to imagine anyone else in those roles.  You might think of other actors / character matches.   Certainly 5-6 others have played James Bond over the 50+ years and each one has his fans … but Sean Connery WAS/IS “James Bond” assuming the history revisionists don’t get froggy.  There might never have been an enduring 20+ “Bond movies” in the franchise without an unknown Scottish actor named Sean Connery back in 1962.

P.Coleman Buck – longtime “of counsel” for BobLeeSays LLC – emailed me this AM to see if I remembered he and I seeing Dr.No at Kinston’s Park Theater on a summer afternoon.  Of course I do.  It was a Rite of Passage of sorts.

Men Wanted To Be Him

Sitting several rows behind us in the almost vacant theater (it was a weekday) were four members of the local minor league baseball team – The Kinston Eagles.  Tony Bartirome was one of the four.  (NOTE: Harper Cooper … might you have been one of’em?).  In “that scene” when Ursula Andress emerges from the Caribbean surf one of the ballplayers emitted “the F word”.  If it wasn’t the first time I heard it, it was the first time I recall hearing it. Ergo – “a rite of passage”.

It is easy to say NOW that it was obvious that a “Star” and “a Character”were born with Dr. No.  Back in 1962 it was simply a good action movie with a cool guy as the hero … a pretty damsel in distress … and a dastardly villain.  All the catch phrases – “Bond, James Bond” – “… shaken not stirred” – … and supporting cast – Moneypenny – M – Q – “Bond girls” – et al were not yet part of cinema history.

Blondie’s mother would not allow her or her brothers to go see “James Bond movies” as they were deemed “too racy”.   Blondie would be in college before she saw her first one … on TV in the mid 70s.

I’ve seen them all – hasn’t everyone?  Goldfinger is still my personal favorite.  Diamonds Are Forever is #2.  Honor Blackman (who also passed away this year -Coincidence ??) is my favorite “Bond girl”.  I have no clue what Quantum of Solace meant or was about ???  My 2nd favorite “Bond” is a tie between Daniel Craig – Pierce Brosnan and Timothy Dalton.  I was never a Roger Moore fan … and George Lazenby is a trivia question.

Going thru Sean Connery’s filmography, I think I’ve seen most if not all of them.  My personal “Not-Bonds” are The Man Who Would Be King – The Rock – and Entrapment.  

The afore-mentioned Kevin Costner and Harrison Ford along with Redford, Stallone, Pacino, DiNiro and beefcakes “Arnold” and “The Rock” all qualify as World Famous Movie Stars, but – for my generation of “Boomers” – any short-list of World Famous Movie Stars without Sean Connery is as bogus as a CNN Election Poll.

Connery was married several times but for over the past 25 years to his widow.  He was knighted – “Sir” Sean Connery – and received every “movie star” award including an Academy Award for The Untouchables.  All of the personal endearing qualities we love in “James Bond” were – IMO – put there thru Sean Connery.

He only did six Bonds… growing tired of the role and fearing type-casting.  He accepted the worldwide celebrity that came with his career but never “sought it”.  He was able to escape into a bit of tropical island reclusiveness in his final 15+ years.   Not a bad way to end an incredible life.

I am blessed with my Life as “an Internet Legend” with all you folks … and “in real life” with Blondie – Kid & Pastor Danny – and Scout, Ruthie and Baby Danny.  BUT …

Being Sean Connery would be a pretty cool  2nd Choice!

God Broke The Mold

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UPDATE:  My Most Unusual Dear Friend – ALBERT LONG – entered Heaven’s Pearly Gates at 9:41 Wednesday AM.  As predicted … Danny Lotz, Clyde King and Billy Graham were indeed on-hand to welcome Albert to his Eternal Reward.

Albert Long and Sean Connery leaving us in the same week at roughly the same age – 89 and 90.  What were those odds?

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Dr Wire
15 days ago

Sean Connery was one of those actors you trusted if he was in the cast it would be a good movie even if it did not work out that way a la The Hill and a Bridge Too Far. But my post-Bond best movie list goes beyond The Untouchables to include Indian Jones & the Last Crusade, The Presidio, Hunt for Red October, Finding Forrester, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. In each he owned the role. I do not remember seeing The Rock, The Man Who Would Be King or Entrapment, but will seek them out. Like you, Goldfinger is my… Read more »

Dr Wire
15 days ago
Reply to  BobLee

A mind is a terrible thing to lose. You are correct as I obviously got my Bond women in white bikinis confused.

Ruth
21 days ago

This is probably the 3rd time I have read this. BobLee is my escape when I don’t want to hear the rest of the world. This is the perfect article. Brings back fond memories. I was trying to recall all the Bond movies I have seen but the first to always come to mind is Gold Finger. Bud and I have revisited most of these starring Sean Connery as he was with doubt the best Bond, . I have not been in a theater to see any of these since about 1985. We watched the others on VHS, DVD, CD,… Read more »

iratepyrate
iratepyrate
22 days ago

I am MIGHTY fortunate to be married for 35 years to a cute Eastern NC Marine brat. Although we have our different interests, among the things we’ve shared a love for has been John Wayne westerns, Sinatra music and James Bond movies. I couldn’t imagine marrying a girl without those high standards! . Like your Kinston memories, I’ve seen many a Bond movie at the Turnage Theatre in little Washington as a kid. Although I grew up in the Roger Moore “Cartoon 007” era, the TV showed the old Sean Connery Bond films and I was hooked from then on.… Read more »

Jay Light
22 days ago

I remember seeing Dr. No, and Ursula Andress. Something in the story, plot grabbed me and I was addicted to James Bond after that. I believe I was in the 8th grade. Started buying the books. Read every Ian Fleming James Bond book. After Sir Sean Connery quit as James Bond, could not longer really get into it. Pierce Brosnan would have been ideal, but did not like the story. Only Sean Connery and the original Ian Fleming stories for me. Good to see so many in here from North Carolina (I now live in Florida), the same generation, the… Read more »

Harper Cooper
Harper Cooper
23 days ago

No, Bob. I was not there. I wish…………

JoCoFred
JoCoFred
23 days ago

I am reading Albert’s book, It was Just a Coincidence and it is well worth the time to read it. An amazing man with amazing coincidental meetings with equally amazing men/women. Thank you BobLee for the Pre-eulogy of Albert. It gave me a better understanding of this fine man. Condolences to you, and his family on this earthly loss. He has truly joined many of his friends.

Doug
Doug
23 days ago

One other guy comes to mind that might present a quandary to some BL Babes. Paul Newman. Other than that I got nothing.

DM Carpenter
DM Carpenter
23 days ago

A good, non-political read, just what I needed. Thanks, BobLer

DM Carpenter
DM Carpenter
23 days ago
Reply to  BobLee

Me too!

MPW.K
23 days ago

This one is Sooooooo good! I read it out loud to Bob, he laughed and said he remembered it so well with Ursula at the Park Theater! Great story about the Eagles Ball players! You always take us back to the 60s in Kinston!

leonard Black
leonard Black
23 days ago

Always good stuff Bob. Stay safe. Leonard

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