R.I.P., Sean Connery

James Bond finally retires for good.

For those of us of a certain age, there was only one James Bond.

Sean Connery has gone west after being unwell for some time, according to his family. He passed in his sleep, in the Bahamas, but no doubt Scotland was on his mind and in his heart; he had long been a staunch supporter of Scottish independence.

As a squirt in Texas I read every Ian Fleming Bond novel there was, and I always pictured Connery as 007. Everybody else was just play-acting.

Connery won his only Oscar for playing a Mick cop in the Kevin Costner-headlined remake of “The Untouchables.” But then he turned up in a lot of interesting places, as King Agamemnon and a fireman in Terry Gilliam’s “Time Bandits,” and as Daniel Dravot, an ex-soldier likewise bound for a crown in “The Man Who Would Be King,” a John Huston film based on a Rudyard Kipling story.

No matter who he was playing, or in what, you just knew he was having a whole lot more fun than you. Enjoy your work and the paychecks will keep coming, he seemed to say.

And it goes without saying that he was an inspiration to the rest of us handsome and charismatic bald fellas.

So fill to Sean the parting glass, and drink a health whate’er befalls. …

• Addendum: Here’s The New York Times obit, the one I always think of as official. Talk about your rags-to-riches story:

He was born Thomas Sean Connery on Aug. 25, 1930, and his crib was the bottom drawer of a dresser in a cold-water flat next door to a brewery. The two toilets in the hall were shared with three other families. His father, Joe, earned two pounds a week in a rubber factory. His mother, Effie, occasionally got work as a cleaning woman.

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7 Responses to “R.I.P., Sean Connery”

  1. khal spencer Says:

    Wow. Dropping like flies lately.

  2. Bill Matella Says:

    The King is dead. Long live The King!

  3. Dale Says:

    The Washington Post had a pretty good obit for him today. One of early jobs was “coffin polisher”.

  4. Pat O’Brien Says:

    Only 4 chords in that song, Patrick. You should give it a go.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I’ve been banging away at some Jerry Jeff Walker hits lately, Paddy me boyo. “¡Viva Terlingua!” is a fun album to start with. Played my way through the whole thing the other day, and my left bird finger was killing me for a while. Ow wow yow zow, etc.

  5. John A Levy Says:

    Damn it really sucks when your childhood heroes cross over the river bridge. A year ago I was in Scotland he was universally loved and respected in a country that despised Boris ” bad hair-“

  6. David McBride Says:

    Also being of a certain age, I agree Sean Connery was the real Bond, James Bond. RIP

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