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Sean Connery Turns 80, Reiterates His Permanent Retirement

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August 25, 2010
Source: The Scotsman

Sean Connery

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!

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Reader Feedback - 18 Comments

1

You expect me to talk?

Quaked2023 on Aug 25, 2010

2

He will always be James Bond to me. Happy 80th, Sean...

RPD on Aug 25, 2010

3

Connery once stated, "Perhaps I'm not a good actor, but I would be even worse at doing anything else." O how wrong you are Mr Connery, you will have legendary status long after death, Farewell Mr Bond, enjoy your well earned retirement.

Cody w on Aug 25, 2010

4

No Mr. Bond, I expect you to ACT!!

Raul on Aug 25, 2010

5

What other 80 year old can be as "hot" as Sean Connery? Who cares if his acting may not be on the level of Patrick Stewart or Kenneth Brannigan. Thank goodness for DVDs and Blu rays. I can enjoy Sean Connery all the time. Like Cary Grant's last movie, "Walk, Don't Run", Mr. Connery's last movie may be forgettable, but there are so many that were superior.

A. Bigler on Aug 25, 2010

6

well Sir Sean Connery... i bid farewell i wish he could keep acting, but im sure he made his decision for a good reason

Said on Aug 25, 2010

7

happy birthday mr connery, enjoy your retirement, and thanks for the great movies.

harrison on Aug 25, 2010

8

Connery is Hollywood Gold. He is irreplaceable. Nuff said.

Eli on Aug 25, 2010

9

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is in my top 5 ever and he is a huge part of that. Thank you not having to be a suave womanizer once in a movie

L on Aug 26, 2010

10

Is it gay that I'd let him fuck me?

that guy on Aug 26, 2010

11

"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..." TOTALLY AGREE!!! Happy Birthday Sir Sean Connery... my dad really loved his 007 movies!!!

Chucho on Aug 26, 2010

12

The Rock is unforgettable? lol.... Close to 90 films he has been in and u bring up The Rock.... I expect to see him in the next Indy Movie, as a ghost 🙂

David Banner on Aug 26, 2010

13

I'd love to see him on the next bond movie, may be Daniel Craig approaching to the Bar(Sean Being the Bartender) asking for a drink Daniel Craig: Maritini... Sean Connery: Shaken?

none134 on Aug 26, 2010

14

You have fun with the rest of your life, dear Connery. Nobody`s going to force you out of retirement since you earned it. Your legacy is complete and your retirement hasn`t been to early. Live well, young prince, and you will always be remembered as the man who created one of the most iconic characters ever to be put on screen.

Mr.Cookie on Aug 26, 2010

15

Connery is the man, period

ek on Aug 26, 2010

16

a most Happy Birthday wish to you Sean....thank you for being a class act in an often classless world...best retirement wishes as well...

blasphemer on Aug 26, 2010

17

I could be wrong, but isn't Sean Connery a Welshman, not a Scotsman?

Luke on Sep 9, 2010

18

I love Sean Connery. Love, Love Love Him!!!

Linda Locke01 on Sep 5, 2011

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