[1st post for today]
Yesterday was a very sad day.
Legendary Sir Sean Connery passed away on the Bahamas, aged 90.
I have quite a lot of his movies in my collection and he played a part in many fantastic movies like the James Bond movies, A Bridge too far, Indiana Jones and the last Crusade, the Untouchables and many more.
I could write a lot more about his other movies, but after all this blog is named Frogwoman, so why am I posting about him?
Well, the answer is quite simple:
(the french Thunderball poster – click to enlarge)
The movie Thunderball influenced a LOT of people to get into scuba diving.
Sadly there was only one short scene were a woman actually scuba dives (Claudine Auger, who passed away in December last year).
But the movie offers over 30 minutes of underwater scenes and still -after over 50 years- the best scuba fight scenes in history!
I can’t possible tell how often I watched the movie and certain scenes of it.
Again I could write here endlessly about certain scenes…..but as a matter of fact…I already did.
You are welcome to check out my detailed Thunderball section here on the blog!
R.I.P. Sir Sean Connery!
Thank you for everything!
You will be missed, but you will live on in all of these great movies 🙂
(click to enlarge to full size)
P.S.: As I wrote he died on his house on the Bahamas.
And that is were they filmed most of the scenes of Thunderball.
7 thoughts on “R.I.P. Sir Sean Connery”
Sad news. Not only the first (and maybe the best) James Bond. He was the best Indiana Jones father possible.
Seeing the French poster, as an anecdote I contribute the title in Spanish: “Operacion trueno”. Literally: “Operation Thunder”.
RIP Sean, I was a big fan of Red October .
He was the best bond
Without Sean Connery James Bond might not have been the success it was and without Sean as James Bond Thunderball might not have been as memorable with a different lead. It is also for this reason many of us have fantasies about Bond and in Particular any thing involving underwater action. It doesn’t matter whether our fantases involve men or women in the underwater action if it wasn’t for Sir Ian Fleming writing these books and Sir Sean Connery bringing the man to life we would not be talking about this 60 years later.
Yeah, Ian Fleming started it all with the books.
But besides that, with the slightest little change all could have turned out completeley different.
What would have happened if they started making the movies a little earlier or some years later?
What would have happened if they used different books for the first movies?
What would have happened with a different actor for the role?
How would Thunderball be different if they had produced it before Goldfinger like it was planned?
The script was changed quite a lot, many things are different to the book. IN this case the final script is much better than the book.
But I really can’t imagine anyone doing a better job than Connery. With the different actor the whole hype might not have developed.
Ian Fleming originally wanted actor David Niven to play James Bond in the first film, he really wasn’t a fan of Sean’s . Niven was a good actor but that would have been a very different film.
Yeah, I heard that. Well, Sean Connery was the MUCH better choice 🙂