Sean Connery Turns 80, Reiterates His Permanent Retirement
In the past seven years there has been a lot of talk about whether or not the legendary Sir Sean Connery could be coaxed out of retirement. His last work on the big screen was the disappointing adaptation of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and while the Scottish actor has lent his voice to other projects like that James Bond video game From Russia with Love and an animated film called Sir Billi, it seems like his acting days really are behind him. As Connery turns 80 years old today, he told The Scotsman (via Screen Crave): "I don't think I'll ever act again. I have so many wonderful memories but these days are over."
This is to be expected considering even the reprisal of one of his most iconic roles, Professor Henry Jones, couldn't even bring get back to work (some people think he made the right decision). Since Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull placed his fictional character in the grave once and for all, there's no chance of him coming back in that franchise anymore. It really is a bit sad that his last movie wasn't exactly the most well-received, but Connery still leaves behind a legacy of great performances in many unforgettable films like The Rock, The Untouchables, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and of course his many turns for Her Majesty's Secret Service throughout the 60s and early 70s as the infamous Agent 007, James Bond.
Connery once stated, "Perhaps I'm not a good actor, but I would be even worse at doing anything else." I'm certain he'll do just fine at enjoying the rest of his life. It's sad that we'll never see him on screen again, but he will never be forgotten. Thanks for all your great work and cheers to you on your birthday, Mr. Connery!