Sean Connery is an enigma. Among European actors his achievements are unparalleled. He was the backbone of one of the most lucrative movie series in history, handcrafting his big screen James Bond alongside Ian Fleming, Cubby Brocolli and Harry Saltzman, and he extended his career from theatre successes in London through every genre of film, from screwball comedies to high drama.
Respected for his political savvy (the “Scotland Forever” tattooed on his arm defines his loyalties), he is also among the most argumentative and litigious of public figures – a fact that doesn’t reduce his colossal fan base. Now in his seventies, he continues to display powerful sex appeal, as compelling today as it was forty years ago alongside Ursula Andress in Dr No.
Connery family members, friends and co-stars have contributed to this celebrated, intimate biography, the first and most distinguished work on the actor, which has now been brought fully up to date to include The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Recognised by students of cinema as the definitive book on Connery, Callan’s was the source work referred to and quoted from by Cubby Broccoli in his own published memoir, When the Snow Melts.
“A necessity for Connery and Bond fans” – the Los Angeles Times
“Timely and fascinating” – Booklist
“Remarkably well documented … admirable” – Screen International
“Easily the best … The book’s real strength is the author’s impressive grasp of the ambience of the movie business, the deft, assured way he handles his vast knowledge … every line reveals the love for the subject of the true aficionado” -Ray Comiskey, the Irish Times