From Bond to Quartermain: Sean Connery’s Greatest and Weirdest Roles Remembered

Not content to be the first big-screen James Bond, the late Sean Connery showed his versatility by branching out into a plethora of roles in his long, if chequered, acting career. Here are a few of the most memorable.

Legendary Scottish actor Sir Sean Connery, who has passed away at the age of 90, was best known for playing secret agent James Bond, codenamed 007.

But Connery, determined not to be typecast after his swift rise to fame, played many other iconic parts during his 58-year career in the movie business.

Early Roles

Connery’s first notable appearance was in Hell Drivers (1957), directed by blacklisted US filmmaker Cy Endfield and starring Stanley Baker, who played the lead in Endfield’s most famous film Zulu. He plays one of the gang of half-crazed truckers, along wth Herbert Lom, Sid James (later of Carry On fame), Gordon Jackson, William Hartnell (the first Dr Who) and Patrick McGoohan as the villain.

Connery also appeared as an Irish soldier in war epic The Longest Day (1962), the same year he landed the Bond role in Dr No.

In the midst of his run as Bond, Connery starred in anti-war drama The Hill (1965), set in a WWII British army prison camp for court-martialled soldiers run by a sadistic officers. 

Forgotten Gems

Connery quit as Bond after 1967’s You Only Live Twice, fearing he would become typecast in the role that made him famous. Although he briefly returned as Bond in Diamonds are Forever (1971) and the tongue-in-cheek Never Say never Again (1983),…

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