was born in Scotland on August 25, 1930. He grew up the
poor son of a truck driver, and after being released from the
Royal Navy due to ulcers, he held a variety of jobs. In
1953 he was selected to represent Scotland in the Mr. Universe
contest, finishing third. This led to a job in the chorous
with the touring company of South Pacific, which led to several
other stage productions. He made his television debut in
1956, and signed a movie deal with MGM in the late 50's.
the success of Dr.
No, Connery made three more Bond films in the next
five years. Tired of being identified as Bond, he quit the
role after You
Only Live Twice in order
to spend more time with his family and on the golf course.
He was replaced in On
Her Majesty's Secret Service
by model and commercial actor George Lazenby. When Lazenby
announced he would not do any more Bond films (taking what he
admits today was bad advice), Connery was lured back for Diamonds
Are Forever in 1971.
falling out with producer Albert "Cubby" Broccoli led Connery
to hang up the Bond role again, until 1983 when a 52-year old
Connery decided to make Never
Say Never Again--the only
"unofficial" Bond movie. The non-Broccoli produced film
was released to compete with Roger Moore's Octopussy--a
competition it is generally regarded to have lost.
addition to playing Bond, Connery has acted in numerous other
movies and received several prestigious awards, including winning
an Oscar and a Golden Globe for his role in the 1987 movie The
Untouchables, being named People's Sexiest Man Alive in 1989 and
Sexiest Man of the Century in 1999, and being knighted by Queen
Elizabeth in July, 2000, despite being denied two years earlier
for political reasons.
Connery lives in Marbella, Spain, with his wife Micheline Roquebrune,
whom he married in 1975. He has one son, Jason, from a previous
marriage to Diane Cilento. Ironically, Jason Connery starred
Fleming in Spymaker, a film about the life of the creator
of Agent 007.