12 Things You Dont Know About the Greatest 007 Ever
To millions, he’s the only true James Bond. To many, he will forever be Indiana Jones’ gruff, mumbling, fearless archeologist dad. But who can ever forget him as the intense, freedom-yearning commander of the Soviet submarine Red October? Or as the “Man Who Would Be King”? But did you know he also appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's 1964 masterpiece “Marnie,” Monty Python’s silly “Time Bandits,” and Agatha Christie’s classic “Murder on the Orient Express”? A case can be made he was at his greatest as a strutting Arab chieftain who defied Theodore Roosevelt and the U.S. Marines while wooing Candice Bergman in 1981’s “The Wind and the Lion.” But for true believers, his most compelling role will always be as reclusive author William Forrester – based on the Catcher in the Rye’s enigmatic J. D. Salinger – in 2000’s “Finding Forrester.”
Who are we talking about?
Oscar-winning actor Sean Connery, of course. Believe it or not, he comes from the humblest of beginnings. Thomas “Tommy” Sean Connery was born on August 25, 1930, in Fountainbridge, a low-income neighborhood of Edinburgh, Scotland. His mom, Euphamia “Effie” Maclean McBain Connery, was a cleaning lady. His dad, Joseph, was a truck driver. His little brother, Neil, became a wall plasterer. The two boys had the most modest of upbringings in a tenement on "the street of a thousand smells" – a neighborhood permeated with the fragrance of local breweries and a rubber mill. Joe brought home only a few shillings a week – which he often squandered on scotch and cards.