Sunday, November 01, 2020

All Saints shaken, not shtirred - Vale Sean Connery

Few were cooler, few more suave, few more effortless. He showed us all how it could be done and he thrilled and entertained us the entire time ... Even Soviet Communist Could not stop the smuggling of James Bond Movies or Ian Fleming’s stories ..

Given the amount that James Bond drinks in the works of Ian Fleming, it's a wonder he can find his car keys, let alone save the nation. 

Other celebrated Scots to place in the list included Mary Queen of Scots in second place with 9% of votes, Sir Alex Ferguson with 8%, and tennis star Andy Murray and poet Robert Burns both at 5%.

First Minister Alex Salmond came in last place with 3% of votes – a tie with Britain’s Got Talent singer Susan Boyle.

“I suppose he could be compared to a fine single malt – sophisticated, full of flavour, very rich and distinctly Scottish,” commented James Campbell, Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival chairman.

“Sir Sean may be more accustomed to picking up awards and being recognised for his acting, but I hope that he will be delighted with his slightly more unusual honour.

I suppose more than anything else I'd like to be an old man with a good face, like Hitchcock or Picasso. They know that life is not just a popularity contest.
~ Interview in the Saturday Evening Post(6 June 1964)

Although Thomas Sean Connery was small in primary school, he grew rapidly around the age of 12, reaching his full adult height of 6 ft 2 in (188 cm) at 18.[18] He was known during his teen years as "Big Tam", and stated that he lost his virginity to an adult woman in an ATS uniform at the age of 14.[19][20]

Connery's first job was as a milkman in Edinburgh with St. Cuthbert's Co-operative Society.[21] In 2009, Connery recalled a conversation in a taxi:

When I took a taxi during a recent Edinburgh Film Festival, the driver was amazed that I could put a name to every street we passed. "How come?" he asked. "As a boy I used to deliver milk round here," I said. "So what do you do now?" That was rather harder to answer. wiki

Sean Connery, who has died at the age of 90, was known not only for movie roles including the British secret agent James Bond, but also for his support of Scottish independence from Britain.

I got my break — big break — when I was five years old. And it's taken me more than seventy years to realize it. You see, at five, I learnedto read. It's that simple, and it's that profound

The gun barrel view of 007 – the first 007 – as he faces the camera to fire a deadly shot is, along with Chaplin's tramp and Rhett carrying Scarlett up the staircase, one of the most iconic images in cinema. The announcement of Sean Connery's death on Saturday naturally brought out strong emotions on social media from movie lovers, and those who work in the entertainment industry.

GALLERY: Sean Connery: A remarkable life in pictures

Hollywood immediately started paying tribute to the silver screen legend, remembering him for Bond as well as his other iconic roles and effortless cool. 

Other James Bond actors, past and present, were among the first to share their tributes to Connery. Daniel Craig, the current iteration of the secret agent, said: "He defined an era and a style. The wit and charm he portrayed on screen could be measured in megawatts; he helped create the modern blockbuster... Wherever he is, I hope there is a golf course."

Pierce Brosnan, who played Bond from 1995-2005, called Connery the "greatest James Bond".

"You cast a long shadow of cinematic splendour that will live on forever," he wrote on Instagram. "You led the way for us all who followed in your iconic foot steps. Each man in his turn looked to you with reverence and admiration as we forged ahead with our own interpretations of the role."

Tributes flow

'He defined an era and a style': film world mourns Sean Connery

RIP SEAN CONNERY: Iconic James Bond Pioneer Actor Dies at 90.

Sean Connery, the most iconic James Bond actor, is now having drinks with the Man Upstairs. The acting giant passed away in his sleep overnight in the Bahamas. His loss is tragic, but he lived to the age of 90.

Before his iconic roles as James Bond, Indiana Jones’ father in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), The Hunt for Red October (1990), and more, Connery worked as a milkman, laborer, artist’s model, bodybuilder, and sailor in the British Royal Navy. At the age of 23, he chose acting over becoming a professional soccer player.

Connery pioneered the role of 007 in Dr. No (1962). He embodied the iconic British spy at the height of the Cold War, launching the James Bond series that continues to this day.

In his 1990 book Medium Cool: The Movies of the 1960s, Ethan Mordden wrote of Connery as Bond, “Once in an era there is perfectcasting. Greta Garbo as Ninotchka, Margaret O’Brien as Tootie Smith, Johnny Sheffield as Bomba the Jungle Boy—and Connery as 007.”

Sir Sean is seen alongside wife Micheline and brother Neil after being knighted during a ceremony at Holyrood palace

Sir Sean is seen alongside wife Micheline and brother Neil after being knighted during a ceremony at Holyrood palace

Sean Connery: from 007 to Indiana Jones – a career in pictures


Australia is a big country and it's filled with big things – though maybe not the big things you're picturing.

We're not talking about roadside bananas or pineapples or merinos here. We're talking about Australia's genuinely enormous things, its record setters, natural and manmade phenomena that are among the most gigantic in the world.

We're talking about rocks and reefs, about islands and beaches. We're talking about skyscrapers and fences that stretch on to eternity. We're talking about Australia itself, the world's sixth largest country, and by some definitions its largest island.

This is a big country, and it's about time we celebrated its sheer enormity, its incredible size, not through a few touristy attractions but by exploring those landmarks that are truly colossal. These are some of our favourites.


HOW BIG With a surface area of 9500 square kilometres, if Lake Eyre was filled with water it would be one of the largest lakes in the world.


Only a few months ago, the Silver City Highway between Broken Hill and Tibooburra remained one of the last two unsealed major roads in NSW. Now, with the final dirt sections of the highway bituminised, a new, safer and more reliable 332-kilometre NSW outback touring route for vehicles of all kinds has been opened up. The highway, named after Broken Hill's nom de plume, extends a further 296 kilometres south to the border of Victoria at Mildura, creating a new gateway to the outback through NSW and near to the Queensland border.