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Sean Connery | Nível intermediário

O primeiro e mais memorável James Bond nos deixou em 2020. Leia abaixo um pouco da biografia deste grande ator.

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Sean Connery

Sean Connery, in full Sir Sean Connery (born August 25, 1930, Edinburgh, Scotland — died October 30/31, 2020, Nassau, The Bahamas), was a Scottish-born actor. He was best known for his roles in the James Bond franchise.

Connery grew up in a working-class family. He made his film debut in Let’s Make Up (1954). In 1962 he was cast in the role of James Bond, Agent 007 of the British Secret Intelligence Service, in the screen adaptation of Ian Fleming’s spy thriller Dr. No. The immense success of the film and its sequels, From Russia with Love (1963) and Goldfinger (1964), established the James Bond films as a worldwide phenomenon and Connery as an international celebrity.

Connery then acted in Alfred Hitchcock’s psychological thriller Marnie (1964). After completing the next two James Bond films, Thunderball (1965) and You Only Live Twice (1967), he finally renounced the role of Bond. Four years later, however, he was convinced to return to the role in Diamonds Are Forever (1971), which he declared was his last movie as Bond.

He spent the 1970s playing mostly in period dramas and science-fiction films. In 1981 he made a memorable appearance as King Agamemnon in Terry Gilliam’s time-travel fantasy Time Bandits, and two years later he delighted Bond fans by returning to the role of 007 in Never Say Never Again (1983).

Two films in the mid-1980s reestablished him as a major star. He won a British Academy Film Award for his portrayal of a monk turned detective in the film adaptation of Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose (1986) and a best supporting actor Academy Award for his role as a veteran Chicago cop in pursuit of Al Capone in The Untouchables (1987). In Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) Connery played the title figure’s father. Connery’s memorable films of the 1990s include Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), First Knight (1995), The Rock (1996), Dragonheart (1996), and Entrapment (1999). Connery officially retired from acting after the film adaptation (2003) of the comic-book series The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, though he still performed various voice roles after that.

Connery received a Kennedy Center Honor for lifetime achievement in 1999 and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2000. In addition to his film work, Connery was an outspoken advocate of Scottish independence, strongly supporting the Scottish National Party.

He died peacefully in his sleep on the night of October 30/31, 2020, aged 90, at his home in the Lyford Cay community of Nassau, in The Bahamas.

(Text adapted from the Britannica website, available here)


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