Sean Connery on being Bond
More than 50 years after suave British spy James Bond first appeared in the novel Casino Royale, the deadly secret agent remains among the most popular characters in fiction. Bond books were bestsellers and the movie franchise has grossed over US $4 billion. 2008 marks the 100th anniversary of Bond creator Ian Fleming's birth and, in celebration of his inimitable creation, the CBC Digital Archives explores the Canadian connections to the British spy and looks back on the early days of Bond ... James Bond.
• Connery already had almost 30 television and movie appearances to his credit before Dr. No, but his career didn't take off until he became Bond. After Dr. No, he typically had starring roles, and in many big films; he starred in Alfred Hitchcock's Marnie two years after Dr. No. • Thunderball, the film that Connery is starring in at the time of this interview, typically ranks as one of the best Bond films, according to movie magazines and critics. Entertainment Weekly ranked it fourth on its 2006 list, with Goldfinger taking top honours. • Thunderball was the fourth James Bond film released, and it had a bigger budget than the first three combined. It was also the first and, as of 2008, only Bond movie to win an Academy Award, taking the prize for special visual effects.
Program: Take 30
Broadcast Date: Nov. 15, 1965
Guest(s): Sean Connery
Interviewer: Rita Greer
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Last updated: October 11, 2012
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