From James Bond to 'Untouchables': 13 of Sean Connery's Most Memorable Roles

8:30 AM 10/31/2020

by Kara Haar

The actor played Agent 007 in a total of seven films and later went on to earn an Oscar.

Sean Connery - Goldfinger (1964) - Photofest- H 2017
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Fans around the world are mourning the death of Sean Connery.

The actor's son Jason told the Associated Press on Saturday that his father died peacefully in his sleep overnight in the Bahamas where he lived. He added that Connery had been "unwell for some time."

The actor was born as Thomas Sean Connery on Aug. 25, 1930, in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, Scotland. He decided to become an actor after being discharged from the Royal Navy because of medical problems.

Connery was the first James Bond, playing the role of the suave British superspy in a total of seven films. He won an Oscar in 1988 for his performance in The Untouchables as well as two BAFTA Awards and three Golden Globe Awards.

Read on for more of Connery's most memorable roles.

  • 'Dr. No' (1962)

    Connery played James Bond in the first five 007 films: Dr. No (1962), From Russia With Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965) and You Only Live Twice (1967). He returned for Diamonds Are Forever (1971) and Never Say Never Again (1983).

    The films follow the adventure of James Bond, Britain’s top secret agent known for his expensive suits and fancy cars. Bond travels the world, meets beautiful women and takes down the bad guys all while solving mysterious crimes.

     

     

  • 'Marnie' (1964)

    Mark Rutland (Connery) marries Marnie Edgar (Tippi Hedren), who he doesn’t know is a thief and a liar. After looking into her past with a private detective, he tries to help her solve her psychological problems and mental issues.

  • 'The Hill' (1965)

    Set during World War II, the movie centers on five prisoners who are new to a military prison camp in a Libyan desert who struggle to survive in the face of brutal punishment and sadistic guards.

  • 'Murder on the Orient Express' (1974)

    In December 1935, a train is stopped in deep snow. A detective, Hercule Poirot (Albert Finney), is called to solve a murder that happened in his car the night before. Connery plays Col. Arbuthnot. The film was nominated for six Oscars and won for best supporting actress for Ingrid Bergman's performance. A 2017 adaptation stars Kenneth Branagh and Johnny Depp, with Leslie Odom Jr. taking on the role previously played by Connery.

  • 'A Bridge Too Far' (1977)

    In September 1944, Allies attempted to capture several strategically important bridges in the Netherlands in the hope of breaking German lines known as Operations Market Garden. However, the poor planning resulted in failure. The film was adapted from Cornelius Ryan's book of the same name.

  • 'The Name of the Rose' (1986)

    Set in 1327, monks are convinced the apocalypse is coming after the death of Benedictine Abbey. William Baskerville (Connery) and his young novice must race against time to prove the innocence of the unjustly accused and avoid the wrath of the Holy Inquisitor Bernardo Gui.

  • 'The Untouchables' (1987)

    During the 1920s prohibition in Chicago, Federal Agent Eliot Ness (Kevin Costner) sets out to stop Al Capone (Robert De Niro). He chooses four men to battle Capone and his empire. Connery won an Academy Award for best actor in a supporting role for his portrayal of a tough, Irish cop who mentors Ness. The film was nominated for three additional Academy Awards.

  • 'The Man Who Would Be King' (1988)

    The film follows Daniel Dravot (Connery) and Peachy Carnahan (Michael Caine), two ex-soldiers living in India under British rule who start to feel that the country is too small for them. They head off to Kafiristan and become kings in a land where no white man as set foot since Alexander. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards.

  • 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade' (1989)

    Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) learns that his father, Henry Jones Sr. (Connery), a Holy Grail scholar, has disappeared while on a quest to find the ancient artifact and sets out to find them both. The movie was nominated for three Oscars and won for best sound effects.

  • 'The Hunt for Red October' (1989)

    In November 1984, the Soviet Union creates a new nuclear submarine that runs silently underwater. The captain’s goal is to take the submarine to the United States to prevent the Russians from using it to start a war. Connery stars in the film as Marko Ramius alongside Alec Baldwin and Scott Glenn. The film was nominated for three Oscars, winning for best effects.

  • 'The Rock' (1996)

    Stanley Goodspeed (Nicolas Cage), a biochemist who works for the FBI, finds out that San Francisco’s Alcatraz Island has been taken hostage. He teams up with with the only person who can show him the inside of the prison, a prisoner named John Patrick Mason (Connery) who escaped from Alcatraz three decades earlier. The film won an Oscar for best sound.

  • 'The Avengers' (1998)

    Two British agents team up to stop Sir August de Wynter (Connery) from destroying the world with a weather-changing machine. The movie was adapted from a British television series and is unrelated to the Marvel film franchise of the same name.

  • 'The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen' (2003)

    In an alternate Victorian Age world, a group of literary characters team up on a secret mission. Allan Quatermain (Connery) leads the team, consisting of inventor Captain Nemo, vampiress Mina Harker, invisible-man Rodney Skinner, secret agent Tom Sawyer, ageless Dorian Gray and split personality Dr. Hyde. This marked Connery's last onscreen appearance before he retired from acting.