The best

The perfect male hero must be strong, sexy, and quick-witted. In the 1960s, Sean Connery was the man every other man wanted to be:

From Russia With Love and The Man Who Would Be King are good places to begin.



20 Responses to “The best”

  1. Gravatar of marcus nunes marcus nunes
    31. October 2020 at 09:02

    …and Finding Forrester is beautiful…
    Great tribute to S Connery:
    As “Dr. No” director Terence Young once said, “There are only two great stars in my recollection who have not been changed by great massive success: Sean Connery and Lassie, and both of them Scottish.”

  2. Gravatar of Justin Justin
    31. October 2020 at 09:15

    He lived a good long life

  3. Gravatar of jayne jayne
    31. October 2020 at 11:51

    The reason Sean Connery was so loved was because he embodied rugged individualism. Remember that concept when you are in the polling booth and your choice is an entrepreneur who actually built something, or a corrupt globalist who is in bed with Klaus Schwab and the great reset: a reset that seeks to control your movement, remove the concept of private property, mobilize left wing advocates to burn cities, and replace your freedoms with a UBI. All his words. Not mine.

  4. Gravatar of anon/portly anon/portly
    31. October 2020 at 12:08

    Is Never Say Never Again still the most “meta” film title of all time or what? If they did that nowadays it would have to be part of the ad campaign. (I’m guessing it wasn’t then).

    And naturally this blog would recommend TMWWBK, given that Borges was a big Kipling fan….

    Not to mention that Kipling and Conrad have some affinities, although you have to conclude that Kipling was better because Conrad never made any killer LP’s in the 1970’s, like Kipling did.

  5. Gravatar of Ralph Musgrave Ralph Musgrave
    31. October 2020 at 12:46

    “The perfect male hero must be strong, sexy…”. Crikey: you’ll be crucified by feminists for saying that….:-)

  6. Gravatar of ssumner ssumner
    31. October 2020 at 15:35

    Jayne, You said:

    “Remember that concept when you are in the polling booth and your choice is an entrepreneur who actually built something,”

    I thought Trump inherited $40 million from his dad way back in the 1970s, went bankrupt multiple times, cheated in his taxes, didn’t pay his debts, ripped off his family members, and bilked students in a phony “university” he created.

    That doesn’t sound like Sean Connery.

    Anon, AFAIK, Connery didn’t make very many good films. What did I miss?

    Speaking of Kipling, I wonder if “Kim” has ever been made into a good film.

    Ralph, Feminists like weak and ugly men?

  7. Gravatar of Benjamin Cole Benjamin Cole
    31. October 2020 at 17:13

    There should have been a James Bond movie in which Sean Connery had Barney Fife as his ubiquitous sidekick.

  8. Gravatar of Benjamin Cole Benjamin Cole
    31. October 2020 at 17:28

    OT but timely:

    Interesting story. If the polls are as wrong as they were in 2016, Trump could actually squeak through, although votes are likely to be bitterly contested in four Battleground States.

    Imagine Florida 2000 times 4, but with the hysteria that seems to define Americans today.

    Bananarama Boom Boom!

    Hey Mister Banana-Man, come tally my bananas!

    Yes, we have no bananas!

  9. Gravatar of copans copans
    31. October 2020 at 22:55

    Scott wrote: “I thought Trump inherited $40 million from his dad way back in the 1970s”

    I believe the estimate from Mary Trump is closer to 400 million. But he did actually build things and create jobs, even as he put his vendors and lenders in dire financial circumstances.

  10. Gravatar of Asher Asher
    1. November 2020 at 00:32

    Connery was so definitive in the role that subsequent to the 1962 film Dr. No, Ian Fleming changed some details in the biography of Bond to make Bond better match Connery. In particular, in “You Only Live Twice” (1964) he gave Bond Scottish ancestry.

  11. Gravatar of Brent Buckner Brent Buckner
    1. November 2020 at 05:34

    Dr. Sumner, you wrote:
    “Speaking of Kipling, I wonder if “Kim” has ever been made into a good film.”

    I suppose that depends upon what you think of the 1950 version….

  12. Gravatar of Merited Slap Merited Slap
    1. November 2020 at 05:35

    The perfect male hero with a little physical assault thrown in. Hot. But Daniel Craig is hotter.

  13. Gravatar of Michael Rulle Michael Rulle
    1. November 2020 at 06:47

    I think I can honestly say there was never a Sean Connery movie I did not enjoy——even as I never explicitly watched a movie because he was in it. It was a bit shocking that he was 90. No rational reason. Particularly with actors—-who we see perpetually at different ages in their lives——I tend to forget time goes by for them too. I liked Connery—although I know nothing about his personal life—-he just seemed like someone who almost everyone would like. I feel bad as I often do when someone we all “know” die.

    One of the most amazing memories of my life was when Marilyn Monroe died. She was 36, and I was not yet in my teens in 1962. I thought of her as far past her prime! (One advancement in film is we have 40 year old actresses who play 29 year olds and look and act great). The memory is seared because my father cried. In front of me. I only saw him cry two other times, when his mother died and during a crisis in his life.

    I don’t know why. My mother seemed to understand. I doubt he knew her! The point is, some public figures can touch us. My sister cried when Buddy Holly died——-I thought she must have gone to HS with him—she was 17!


    Scott—-did you actually write that DJT “inherited” 40 million in the 70s from his father?That must have been quite a trick, given that Fred Trump died in 1999. It is likely he did inherit 40million——in 1999. He did have a $1million trust fund set up in 1976. Does it make you wonder what else you know about Trump that is wrong? Everything else we read about how he got his money and squandered it is from the hack media.


    Trump ——who has 4 siblings ——most certainly did not inherit “400 million”. That is ludicrous. There is zero probability that Fred Trump was worth 2billion in 1999 when he died. Also, all of Trumps bad real estate deals occurred prior to his fathers death. At the time of his death Fred was reported to be worth 200-250 million—-almost 90% of it in physical real estate. This concept that Scott supports, that Trump blew his inherited fortune, is as true as “Trump is a Putin asset”—-which Scott may believe too for all I know.

    The last four years has been worse than Scott’s banana republic concept, and worse than my “we hate ourselves” concept. We have a gargantuan corrupt media. The only good news I suppose is we all know this. But imagine if the media actually tried to know and tell the truth rather than being operatives for one party primarily, but both parties too.

    Imagine if a smart guy like Jake Tapper devoted himself to trying to discern the truth. We were likely never like this completely——but we were far more so than today. There are 4 or 5 authors I take seriously—-and yes, some are Democrats. I feel fortunate they exist.

  14. Gravatar of anon/portly anon/portly
    1. November 2020 at 08:24

    “Anon, AFAIK, Connery didn’t make very many good films. What did I miss?”

    When I looked through his IMDB page, the only thing that struck me was coming back to make Never Say Never, which I had completely forgotten about. Some people actually claim to like Zardoz, I think.

    David Thomson, in the _Biographical Dictionary of Film_, essentially dismisses his early non-Bond career, and then:

    “The turning point came in the 1975 and 1976 with a trio of flamboyant, romantic roles that needed costumes and epic perspectives. In the process Connery picked up humor, flourish, and a depth of humanity not much evident before. He had come from lowly stock, and in England he may have been advised to mask his Scottishness. Now he let the accent roar, he showed how little hair he owned, and he grasped nobility….”

    Referring to The Wind and the Lion, TMWWBK and Robin & Marian.

  15. Gravatar of ssumner ssumner
    1. November 2020 at 08:25

    Michael, He was given $40 million in 1974.

  16. Gravatar of Michael Sandifer Michael Sandifer
    1. November 2020 at 14:06

    According to the New York Times, Trump actually inherited a total of more than $400 million over many years, much of it passed in possibly questionablr ways from a tax perspective.

  17. Gravatar of Christian List Christian List
    1. November 2020 at 16:38

    Sean Connery was a great actor.

    How he was in private, I can’t judge conclusively. I just found out that he was married to Diane Cilento, a memorable supporting actress in one of my absolute favorite movies.

    In the articles I read about their marriage, she doesn’t have much positive to say about him. She had to give up her career and basically be a caterer for him and his golf friends.

    Also Connery’s extreme nationalism and his fight for Scottish independence seems to be rather childish.

    So I guess, once again, one has to make a strict distinction between the person and the actor. The person Sean Connery has now died, the actor Sean Connery will live on forever.

  18. Gravatar of Jg Jg
    1. November 2020 at 20:22

    Sean Connery was great. A big trump supporter too!

  19. Gravatar of Michael Rulle Michael Rulle
    2. November 2020 at 08:59


    the 40 million number is really suspect. That comes from a story by SV Date in Huffington post. Trump was made president of the family real estate company in 1974—there is no evidence that he owned it—not even sure how that would work. Date says “by one estimate the company was worth 200 million”. he divided that by 5 for his siblings to get 40 million. How likely was that in 1974? Forbes estimates that by 1982 Trump was worth 200 million. It is nonsense.

  20. Gravatar of ssumner ssumner
    2. November 2020 at 15:06

    Michael, 1982 was the bottom of the worst recession since the 1930s.

Leave a Reply