July 31, 2005

THE CELLBLOCK WEPT:

Never say never, but Connery ends career (TOBY MCDONALD AND JEREMY WATSON, 7/31/05, The Scotsman)

IT IS a decision that will horrify his legion of worldwide fans and leave grown women in tears.

Scottish screen legend Sir Sean Connery has almost drawn the curtain on his long and glittering career by revealing it would take a Mafia-style "offer he couldn't refuse" to tempt him to make another film.

At the age of 74, Connery still manages to be Britain's highest-paid actor, commanding up to £10m per movie. But his three-year absence from the industry has prompted questions about whether the Scots star has decided to retire after half a century in Hollywood and 77 films.

Now, Connery has provided the answer. In an interview with a New Zealand newspaper, the actor says he has no time for the "idiots" now making films in Hollywood.


Mr. Connery long ago retired the trophy for "Men whose bitch we could, without shame, imagine being if we were sent to prison," after winning the title an unprecedented 30 times.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 31, 2005 12:00 AM
Comments

That's what we call too much info, oj.

I guess League of Extraordinary Gentlemen really cheesed him off.

Posted by: Ali Choudhury at July 31, 2005 11:23 AM

check out Zardoz, for sean in a red diaper and thigh-high boots.

Posted by: cjm at July 31, 2005 12:01 PM

The Wind and the Lion
The Man Who Would Be King

The two Best Connerys Ever.

Posted by: Mike Morley at July 31, 2005 12:17 PM

I really liked him in the Rock.

Preferred Roger Moore as Bond.

Posted by: Ali Choudhury at July 31, 2005 1:45 PM

MM - Excellent choices. Like Gary Grant, Sean Connery looks better now than at 20.

Posted by: erp at July 31, 2005 1:46 PM

Retired the trophy before Hillary got a chance to win it? Bad form, that.

Posted by: joe shropshire at July 31, 2005 2:55 PM

Handsome, talented but always struck me as a bit of a hypocritical schmuck. He lived for years in the tax haven of the Canary Islands, while making movies which endorsed the world view of the tax and spend crowd.

He was by far the best Bond, for those who find that sort of thing interesting. It was too much of a stretch for me to imagine an Etonian British Navy Officer turned intelligence operative being heterosexual, just as it was too much of a stretch for me to imagine the notion of a British intelligence officer actually accomplishing anything, other than selling American secrets to the Soviets.

Posted by: bart at July 31, 2005 5:00 PM

bart, get with the time, the british intelligence services haven't betrayed us to the soviets for years, now they betray us to the islamicists.

Posted by: cjm at July 31, 2005 6:55 PM

Don't think I would ever vote in the Men Whose Bitch.... Award but I'm still laughing that you thought it up. Good one.

Posted by: Scott at July 31, 2005 7:11 PM

Scott:

You can't tell me that when you see Denzel Washington you don't say to yourself: "If I had to be someone's bitch to survive prison..."

Posted by: oj at July 31, 2005 8:22 PM

Most of us don't fantasize about going to prison, oj. You might try fantasizing about going to, say, Club Med, seeing as how you're married and all.

Posted by: joe shropshire at July 31, 2005 9:33 PM

joe:

Repression will get you nowhere.

Posted by: oj at July 31, 2005 10:08 PM

I've been annoyed with Connery ever since he made that stupid spy movie with Michelle Pfeifer, the moral of which seemed to be "It's good to sell out the free world to thet Soviets if you do it for luuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuv." What an a**hole.

PS: Brosnan in Goldeneye beat the life out of any other Bond, ever.

OJ: Eeewwwwwwwwww!

Posted by: Tom at August 1, 2005 8:57 AM

Tom:

So, Brosnan tops your cellmate list.

Posted by: oj at August 1, 2005 9:11 AM

Michael Dean Clark. It ain't even close.

Posted by: ratbert at August 1, 2005 9:49 AM

Like Connery and Mel Gibson, Denzel has really aged well.

Compare '93's Much Ado About Nothing to '04's Man on Fire (which is an excellent movie, BTW).

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at August 1, 2005 4:07 PM

Orrin:

Chow Yun-Fat wants a word with you, concerning your recently declared allegiance to Sean Connery for prison protector.

He's not happy that you dumped him.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at August 1, 2005 4:15 PM

OJ: To say I liked a movie he was in hardly implies anything in the nature of your unmentionable speculation.

PS: The lame Connery movie was the Russia House, which I highly anti-recommend.

Posted by: Tom at August 1, 2005 4:49 PM

Tom:

Your secret's safe with us.

Posted by: oj at August 1, 2005 5:11 PM

Michael:

He's top 10, for sure.

Posted by: oj at August 1, 2005 5:13 PM

So basically you're sneaking around on Sean Connery with some fresh-cheeked young thing in a Mountie getup. What a strumpet.

Posted by: joe shropshire at August 1, 2005 5:51 PM

joe:

He never cracked the top 5, so to speak. But he's undeniably dreamy.

Posted by: oj at August 1, 2005 8:56 PM
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