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Sean Connery at 90: An Untouchable actor and the ultimate James Bond


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Sean Connery, who turns 90 on Tuesday, showed there was much more to him as an actor than Bond

Sean Connery, who turns 90 on Tuesday, showed there was much more to him as an actor than Bond

Sean Connery, who turns 90 on Tuesday, showed there was much more to him as an actor than Bond

On one of their various televised travelogues, Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan engaged in a testy duel of Sean Connery impressions. "I'll have a vodka Martini, shaken not stirred," they hissed at each other, their faces contorting into worried scowls as they tried to register the trademark rumbling rasp. They weren't bad either, but then again, everyone thinks they do a good Connery.

At one point in the mid-1980s, few nights out remained unpunctuated by a ham-fisted round of Connery impersonations, whether on the relatively safe ground of 007 - "Ah, Miss Moneypenny", "The name is Bond, James Bond", and so forth - or the more experimental territory of Brian de Palma's Untouchables, in which Sean played a Chicago-Irish beat cop. "They pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. That's the Chicago way."


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