"More than anything else, I'd like to be an old man with a good face."
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Call it nostalgia. But as soon as I finished my review of You Only Live Twice (1967) and realized I only have one more Sean Connery style Bond in the Blogalongabond schedule, I felt a twinge of sadness. It's time for me to grit my teeth and bear George Lazenby with the lingering presence of the greatness that is Sean Connery. It didn't help that I'm late to the party and realized Sean Connery officially retired a couple years ago. So what's his legacy going to be? The man who invented the iconic figure of James Bond as we know him? Indiana Jones' wise, smart-assed father? That Scott with the accent a blind man could pick out of a line up? The thing is, Sean Connery is just such an undeniable badass, it's hard to pin down what exactly is so awesome about him. He's attractive as hell, and like wine and Beanie Babies only gets better with age. He's witty and sarcastic, but in a charming way Americans can't quite seem to pull off, and whenever they try it only comes off pretentious. And he commands the attention of the screen, no matter who he's billed beside. Dude just breaths badassitry. Cary Grant once said: "Everyone wants to be Cary Grant. Even I want to be Cary Grant." I have a feeling Sean Connery can sympathize. The good news? I skipped out on reviewing From Russia With Love (1963), so technically I've got two more Connerys to review. Who ever said procrastination doesn't pay?
Best films: Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade (1989), The Untouchables (1987), Every Bond.
Worst films: Let's face it, he's had a couple shitty ones. I've never see The Avengers (1999), but it has a 15% tomatometer rating, so it sounds like I'm not missing much. I would put The League Of Extraordinary Gentleman (2003) on here, but I'm not going to lie, if its on TV, its enough of a guilty pleasure that I will find myself watching it.
Best moments: Bond. James Bond. Not to mention, telling Indy to sit down and relax and accidentally tipping open a chair-spring activated trap door.