Sean Connery - Rotten Tomatoes

Sean Connery

Highest Rated:   100% The Red Tent (1971)
Lowest Rated:   0% Sir Billi (2013)
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Birthplace:   Edinburgh, Scotland
One of the few movie "superstars" truly worthy of the designation, actor Sean Connery was born to a middle-class Scottish family in the first year of the worldwide Depression. Dissatisfied with his austere surroundings, Connery quit school at 15 to join the navy (he still bears his requisite tattoos, one reading "Scotland Forever" and the other "Mum and Dad"). Holding down several minor jobs, not the least of which was as a coffin polisher, Connery became interested in bodybuilding, which led to several advertising modeling jobs and a bid at Scotland's "Mr. Universe" title. Mildly intrigued by acting, Connery joined the singing-sailor chorus of the London roduction of South Pacific in 1951, which whetted his appetite for stage work. Connery worked for a while in repertory theater, then moved to television, where he scored a success in the BBC's re-staging of the American teledrama Requiem for a Heavyweight. The actor moved on to films, playing bit parts (he'd been an extra in the 1954 Anna Neagle musical Lilacs in the Spring) and working up to supporting roles. Connery's first important movie role was as Lana Turner's romantic interest in Another Time, Another Place (1958) -- although he was killed off 15 minutes into the picture. After several more years in increasingly larger film and TV roles, Connery was cast as James Bond in 1962's Dr. No; he was far from the first choice, but the producers were impressed by Connery's refusal to kowtow to them when he came in to read for the part. The actor played the secret agent again in From Russia With Love (1963), but it wasn't until the third Bond picture, Goldfinger (1964), that both Connery and his secret-agent alter ego became a major box-office attraction. While the money steadily improved, Connery was already weary of Bond at the time of the fourth 007 flick Thunderball (1965). He tried to prove to audiences and critics that there was more to his talents than James Bond by playing a villain in Woman of Straw (1964), an enigmatic Hitchcock hero in Marnie (1964), a cockney POW in The Hill (1965), and a loony Greenwich Village poet in A Fine Madness (1966). Despite the excellence of his characterizations, audiences preferred the Bond films, while critics always qualified their comments with references to the secret agent. With You Only Live Twice (1967), Connery swore he was through with James Bond; with Diamonds Are Forever (1971), he really meant what he said. Rather than coast on his celebrity, the actor sought out the most challenging movie assignments possible, including La Tenda Rossa/The Red Tent (1969), The Molly Maguires (1970), and Zardoz (1973). This time audiences were more responsive, though Connery was still most successful with action films like The Wind and the Lion (1974), The Man Who Would Be King (1975), and The Great Train Robbery (1979). With his patented glamorous worldliness, Connery was also ideal in films about international political intrigue like The Next Man (1976), Cuba (1979), The Hunt for Red October (1990), and The Russia House (1990). One of Connery's personal favorite performances was also one of his least typical: In The Offence (1973), he played a troubled police detective whose emotions -- and hidden demons -- are agitated by his pursuit of a child molester. In 1981, Connery briefly returned to the Bond fold with Never Say Never Again, but his difficulties with the production staff turned what should have been a fond throwback to his salad days into a nightmarish experience for the actor. At this point, he hardly needed Bond to sustain his career; Connery had not only the affection of his fans but the respect of his industry peers, who honored him with the British Film Academy award for The Name of the Rose (1986) and an American Oscar for The Untouchables (1987) (which also helped make a star of Kevin Costner, who repaid the favor by casting Connery as Richard the Lionhearted in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves [1991] -- t

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RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
0% Sir Billi
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Ever to Excel
  • Actor
2012
17% The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
  • Executive Producer
  • Allan Quatermain
$66.4M 2003
74% Finding Forrester
  • William Forrester
  • Producer
$51.4M 2000
No Score Yet The James Bond Story
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Hollywood Screen Tests
  • Actor
2000
38% Entrapment
  • Producer
  • Robert `Mac' MacDougal
1999
60% Playing by Heart
  • Paul
1998
5% The Avengers
  • Sir August de Wynter
1998
66% The Rock
  • John Patrick Mason
  • Executive Producer
1996
50% Dragonheart
  • Draco
1996
47% First Knight
  • King Arthur
1995
25% Just Cause
  • Executive Producer
  • Paul Armstrong
1995
11% A Good Man in Africa
  • Dr. Alex Murray
1994
35% Rising Sun
  • John Connor
  • Executive Producer
1993
20% Medicine Man
  • Executive Producer
  • Dr. Robert Campbell
1992
0% Highlander 2: The Quickening
  • Juan Ramirez
1991
50% Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
  • King Richard
1991
No Score Yet Great Golf Courses of the World - Scotland
  • Himself
1991
75% The Russia House
  • Barley Blair
1990
86% The Hunt for Red October
  • Marko Ramius
1990
38% Family Business
  • Jessie
1989
88% Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  • Dr. Henry Jones
1989
53% The Presidio
  • Lt. Col. Alan Caldwell
1988
No Score Yet Memories of Me
  • Sean Connery
1988
80% The Untouchables
  • Jim Malone
1987
No Score Yet Happy Anniversary 007 - 25 Years of James Bond
  • Actor
1987
74% The Name of the Rose (Der Name der Rose)
  • William of Baskerville
1986
70% Highlander
  • Ramirez
1986
No Score Yet Sword of the Valiant
  • The Green Knight
1984
No Score Yet James Bond 007: Coming Attractions
  • Actor
1984
63% Never Say Never Again
  • James Bond
1983
17% Five Days One Summer
  • Douglas
1983
38% Wrong Is Right
  • Patrick Hale
1982
91% Time Bandits
  • King Agamemnon
1981
58% Outland
  • Marshal Willian O'Neil
1981
50% Cuba
  • Major Robert Dapes
1979
5% Meteor
  • Dr. Paul Bradley
1979
No Score Yet The AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Actor
1979
73% A Bridge Too Far
  • Maj. Gen. Roy Urquhart
1977
No Score Yet The Next Man
  • Khalil Abdul-Muhsen
1976
76% Robin and Marian
  • Robin Hood
1976
No Score Yet Arab Conspiracy
  • Actor
1976
75% The Wind and the Lion
  • Mulay el-Raisuli
1975
96% The Man Who Would Be King
  • Daniel Dravot
1975
95% Murder on the Orient Express
  • Col. Arbuthnot
1974
No Score Yet Ransom (The Terrorists)
  • Nils Tahlvik
1974
42% Zardoz
  • Zed
1974
71% The Offence
  • Det. Sgt. Johnson
1973
67% Diamonds Are Forever
  • James Bond
1971
100% The Red Tent
  • Roald Amundsen
1971
80% The Anderson Tapes
  • John Anderson
1971
89% The Molly Maguires
  • Jack Kehoe
1970
No Score Yet Shalako
  • Shalako
1968
72% You Only Live Twice
  • James Bond
1967
No Score Yet The Bowler And The Bunnet
  • Director
1967
No Score Yet A Fine Madness
  • Samson Shillitoe
1966
No Score Yet Un monde nouveau
  • Actor
1966
86% Thunderball
  • James Bond
1965
100% The Hill
  • Joe Roberts
1965
96% Goldfinger
  • James Bond
1964
No Score Yet Woman of Straw
  • Anthony Richmond
1964
82% Marnie
  • Mark Rutland
1964
96% From Russia With Love
  • James Bond
1964
96% Dr. No
  • James Bond
1962
No Score Yet The Frightened City
  • Paddy Damion
1962
92% The Longest Day
  • Private Flanagan
1962
No Score Yet Macbeth
  • Actor
1961
No Score Yet Anna Karenina
  • Actor
1961
No Score Yet On the Fiddle
  • Pedlar Pascoe
1961
No Score Yet Hard Drivers
  • Actor
1960
No Score Yet Shakespeare's An Age of Kings
  • Actor
1960
No Score Yet Tarzan's Greatest Adventure
  • O'Bannion
1959
100% Darby O'Gill and the Little People
  • Michael McBride
1959
100% A Night to Remember
  • Titanic Deck Hand
1958
No Score Yet Another Time Another Place
  • Mark Trevor
1958
No Score Yet Time Lock
  • Actor
1957
No Score Yet Action of the Tiger
  • Mike
1957
No Score Yet Hell Drivers
  • Johnny
1957
No Score Yet No Road Back
  • Spike
1957
No Score Yet Lilacs in the Spring (Let's Make Up)
  • Actor
1954

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