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British Legends: The Life and Legacy of Sean Connery [Paperback]

Charles River Editors
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12 Sep 2013
*Includes pictures.
*Includes Connery's own quotes about his life and career.
*Includes a Bibliography for further reading.
A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history’s most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors’ British Legends series, readers can get caught up to speed on the lives of Britain’s most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known.
Perhaps no actor has been able to retain their popularity into old age as well as Sean Connery. Despite retiring in 2006, Connery remains a venerable figure who continued to receive accolades for his handsome virility and status within the Hollywood elite. After all, in 1989, just shy of his 60th birthday, Connery was feted by People magazine as the Sexiest Man Alive, and in the years that followed, Connery was awarded with even more lifetime achievement awards, including being named Sexiest Man of the Century by People magazine in 1999. As an actor, Connery won an Academy Award for his performance in The Untouchables (1989), and he has also been awarded Golden Globes and BAFTA awards as well. Based on these designations, one can reasonably place Connery among the ranks of the most acclaimed Hollywood actors of all time, a figure whose critical reputation only grew as he matured.
Considering his personal acclaim as an actor, it is perhaps surprising that despite his status, most of the films in which Connery has appeared are not particularly acclaimed. Indeed, scanning his filmography, viewers finds very few films that have been showered with any significant awards, and even the role that brought Connery to fame, the James Bond franchise, initially received a largely lukewarm critical reception. On occasion, Connery has worked with directors of great critical standing, most notably Alfred Hitchcock in Marnie (1963), and yet even these films were not greeted with great praise. While Connery’s skills as an actor remain unquestioned, his films themselves have not been canonized as outstanding, nor do they populate the curricula of film courses.
Given the gulf between Connery’s own reputation and those of his films, it is natural to conclude that Connery’s fame has arisen despite appearing in films that were generally unworthy of his talents as an actor. One of the prevailing questions surrounding Connery, therefore, is how he was able to attain such fame and acclaim despite appearing in films that have continually been deemed less than outstanding. To answer that question, it is necessary to consider not only his film appearances but also the personal background that shaped his career decisions and contributed to the development of his star persona. In fact, the legend of Sean Connery is inseparable from his upbringing, as well as the precarious period of his young adulthood. Connery came from an impoverished background, and his willingness later in his career to accept roles that were seemingly beneath him can be attributed to a blue collar ethos that respects the value and importance of hard work. In light of his difficult upbringing, Connery’s rise to stardom is an unlikely one, as Connery managed to progress from the poorest regions of Edinburgh, Scotland to the heights of Hollywood fame, becoming famous for his signature mix of suave, debonair comportment and virile masculinity. At the same time, Connery’s eccentric behavior in later years, which might be criticized if other people acted that way, are often considered part of the unique Connery charm.
British Legends: The Life and Legend of Sean Connery looks at the life of the iconic Bond actor on and off the silver screen. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about Sean Connery like you never have before, in no time at all.

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  • Paperback: 34 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (12 Sep 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1492392855
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492392859
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 14.8 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,591,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The life & legacy of Sean Connery 28 May 2014
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4.0 out of 5 stars Who don't love this man 8 Aug 2014
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Who don't love this man ?every man and a woman in this planet admired him,this book make me to understand him,show us he is very smart ,he make his way to USA and start making movies with very famous people,and he ended to be a big star and to be loved from everyone,he keeps his life privacy with no scandals,that is a man ,I wish the young generation who wants to be famous read this book,he can be you teacher,they think more scandals they have people have something to talk about them,that is sad , Sean is one of the kind.Thelma
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a must read for anyone who wants to know more about him. 24 May 2014
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This gives the reader some insight into what his life was like before he entered the entertainment industry.
I as the reader learned a lot about Sean Connery the man as well as him in the movies.
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor read 17 Feb 2014
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I was disappointed with this book. It not only read like a school
Term paper, it was as short as one. There was not enough information about the subject. I could of read Wikipedia instead.
2.0 out of 5 stars Not enough about Sean. 11 Feb 2014
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This book was not very thorough. It just barely mentioned, in passing, that he had a son and did not tell much aout his family life and about his movies.
2.0 out of 5 stars Of passing interest 1 Feb 2014
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I learned a few facts about Sean Connery but the book itself is very lightweight and one that I wouldn't bother re-reading.
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