Sean Connery’s big breakthrough came when he was cast as the British secret agent James Bond. Initially, the character’s creator, Ian Flaming, expressed his doubts on the casting, stressing that Connery was “not what I envisioned of James Bond looks” and he was “looking for Commander Bond and not an overgrown stunt-man,” but later changed his mind as he was greatly impressed after the success of the first film of Connery’s 007 series, Dr. No (1962). Throughout this decade Connery would play four more Bond films: From Russia with Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), and You Only Live Twice (1967).
Enjoying a game of bar billiards at his basement flat in London’s NW8, 1962. (Chris Ware)
Even though the Bond franchise brought the actor tremendous successes and benefits, Connery grew weary of the role and the pressure that came along with it. He was “particularly upsetting” as people only recognized him as James Bond and not any other roles, according to Michael Caine. Connery also starred in other non-Bond films, notably Alfred Hitchcock’s Marnie (1964) and Sidney Lumet’s The Hill (1965).
Take a look back at the handsome actor during the 1960s through 30 gorgeous vintage photographs below:
Relaxing in his ground-floor basement flat in NW5, 1962. (Keystone)
As James Bond in a scene from the film ‘Dr. No’ at Pinewood Studios in England, 1962. (Popperfoto)
Preparing for a game of golf at his basement flat in London’s NW8, 1962. (Chris Ware)
Setting off for a game of golf, 1962. (Chris Ware)