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Born for Bond, James Bond!
A sex symbol, and an iconic film star for more than four decades, Sean Connery receives the highest honour for a career in film - the AFI Life Achievement Award tonight at 9 PM only on STAR World.
He's The Bond, James Bond. He's the one who made a thick Irish brogue a thing for women to swoon over. Ian Fleming's fictional novel in 1953 'James Bond' about the British spy grew to be more than just a novel, it was more to do with Connery and his swift moves!
The man has been in history and will continue to, indya.com takes a peak at his mammoth accomplishments, here.
Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Sean Connery grew up in a two-room flat, working odd jobs from a young age to earn extra money for his family. After three years in the navy he played football (soccer) semi-professionally, but it was his hobby of weightlifting that pushed him into the spotlight. Connery represented Scotland in the Mr. Universe pageant and shortly thereafter began to model. He finally caught the acting bug and entered the theater, touring with South Pacific.
The Suave Entry
Connery first hit the big screen in Lilacs In The Spring in 1954. He arrived to screens in America with Tarzan's Greatest Adventure and Darby O' Gill And The Little People, both in 1959.
With a bit part in the 1962 World War II epic The Longest Day, he could have been lost amongst the film's star-studded cast, but of course he wasn't, and 'James Bond' was found. Harry Saltzman may have recognised Connery's refined disposition, but it was Cubby Broccoli that glanced out the window and noticed this man slinking down a street in London, "Like a panther!" It was then that he knew he had found Bond. And, though Ian Fleming's image of James Bond may not resemble Sean Connery, to the world he soon would be the iconic Bond of the big screen.
Bond, James Bond - Agent Double Oh, Seven!
Cast as Agent 007 in Dr. No, Connery inaugurated one of the longest-running series in film history. He starred as Bond in From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, Diamonds Are Forever and Never Say Never Again. His salary from Diamonds Are Forever went to kick-start the Scottish International Education Trust, which helps many young Scottish students fund their education. The trust also funds a drama chair at Glasgow's Strathclyde University.
On the Other Hand
Connery later starred in Alfred Hitchcock's Marnie, as well as in such films as Woman Of Straw, The Hill, A Fine Madness, Shalako, The Molly Maguires, The Anderson Tapes, The Red Tent, Murder On The Orient Express, The Wind And The Lion, The Man Who Would Be King, Robin And Marian, A Bridge Too Far, Outland, Zardoz, Five Days One Summer, Meteor, The Name Of The Rose, Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade, The Russia House, The Hunt For Red October, Medicine Man, Rising Sun, Just Cause, First Knight and The Avengers.
Ever Green Sean
Connery headlined opposite Nicholas Cage in the 1996 summer blockbuster hit The Rock, and provided the voice and personality for the animated dragon in Dragonheart. He also led an all-star cast in Miramax's Playing By Heart, working alongside Gena Rowlands, Angelina Jolie, Gillian Anderson and Dennis Quaid.
Following, Connery produced Twentieth Century Fox's thriller Entrapment, in which he starred opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones and then produced and starred in Finding Forrester which was directed by Gus Van Sant and co-starred newcomer Rob Brown. Connery next starred in The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, which was released in July 2003 by Twentieth Century Fox.
In addition to receiving both the Best Supporting Actor Oscar and the Golden Globe Award in 1987 for his performance in The Untouchables, Connery has received numerous other accolades. They include, among others, the Legion d'Honneur and Commandeur Des Arts Et Des Lettres (the highest honours given in France), and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Best Actor award for The Name Of The Rose in 1987, as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award-a special BAFTA silver mask presented by H.R.H. Princess Anne to a British actor or actress who has made an outstanding contribution to world cinema -presented in 1990.
In 1995, he was presented with the Cecil B DeMille Award for "outstanding contribution to the entertainment field" given by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association at its annual Golden Globe Awards. In 1997, Connery was honoured with a Gala Tribute by the Film Society of Lincoln Center for his lifetime career and, in April 1998, BAFTA honoured him with their highest award, The British Academy Fellowship.
In 1999, Connery was a Kennedy Center Honours recipient and in 2000 he was appointed a Knight Bachelor in the Queen's New Year's Honours List. Connery's proudest moment, and in his mind, his greatest honour to date, came when he received the Freedom of the City of Edinburgh in 1991.
Watch All of Him, Tonight!
Tonight, most of all, it'll be a joy to watch Sean Connery as he laughs, cries, and watches in quiet pride the sum of his achievements. With this, Sean Connery joins the ranks of film giants. Past recipients of the award include Orson Welles, Jack Lemmon, Alfred Hitchcock, Martin Scorsese, Dustin Hoffman, Greogory Peck, John Huston, Sidney Poitier, Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, and in more recent years, Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro, Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep and George Lucas.
Don't forget to catch the 34th Annual AFI Life Achievement Award by the American Film Institute's Board Of Trustees, to Sir Sean Connery tonight, Saturday at 9 PM only on Star World.
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