Many James Bond fans make a strong case that Sean Connery is the best 007 ever. But the Scottish actor has also succeeded in a variety of other roles.
Sean Connery is one of the most legendary movie stars of all time. He rose to fame thanks to his iconic role as James Bond, and many still consider him to be the best actor to have ever played the role. While Connery is synonymous with the famous spy, he has plenty of other great movies over his long career.
Some of his great movies were:
From Russia With Love (1963)
FromRussia With Love was Connery’s second turn as Bond, and is still regarded as one of the best entries into the long-running franchise. The film finds Bond the target of a deadly Russian assassin (played by Robert Shaw). Bond willingly puts himself in the crosshairs of the killer in order to retrieve a valuable encryption device.
Connery seemed to become more comfortable with the role, and really made it his own. He adds charm, swagger, and humor to 007. Shaw makes for a great foe to our hero, and their showdown is genuinely thrilling.
The Rock (1996)
Even in his later years, Connery proved to be a formidable action star. The Rock is a Michael Bay action film about a group of rogue special forces soldiers who take hostages on the island of Alcatraz while threatening to release a deadly biological weapon. Connery plays a former inmate of the prison who must team with a scientist (Nicolas Cage) to stop the evil plot.
The Hunt For Red October (1990)
Connery uses his natural gravitas to great use with this spy thriller The Hunt for Red October. Alec Baldwin originates the role of Jack Ryan, the young CIA analyst who is brought in when the captain (Connery) of a Soviet nuclear submarine goes rogue and head towards America with unknown intentions.
The movie is a gripping thriller with a stellar cast that also includes Sam Neill, Scott Glenn, and James Earl Jones. Baldwin makes for a great reluctant hero while Connery is commanding in the central role.
The Name Of The Rose (1986)
The Name of the Rose is an underrated film in Connery’s career worth seeking out. The 1986 medieval story stars Connery as a friar who is a man of reason in a land led by blind fate. He visits an isolated abbey where several monks have died under mysterious circumstances.
This is a unique and compelling take on a mystery crime story, told in a gripping manner. Connery is excellent as the intellectual hero, and he is joined by some great actors, especially F. Murray Abraham in a villainous role.
Connery cemented his iconic status as Bond with this classic entry into the genre. Bond’s latest adventure finds him investigating a gold magnate who is behind smuggling operations. As he digs deeper, Bond uncovers a plot to rob Fort Knox.
The Man Who Would Be King (1975)
Connery teamed with another acting legend, Michael Caine, for this fantastic adventure film directed by John Huston. The Man Who Would Be King follows Connery and Caine as two British officers in the late 1800s who seek fortune in the Middle East and accidentally get mistaken for gods.
The two leads have wonderful chemistry together, which makes this rollicking story all the more enjoyable. It is an intriguing and entertaining adventure filled with action and humor as the tale gets more complex.
The Longest Day (1962)
The same year that he starred in his first Bond film, Connery was part of a massive ensemble in this stunning war epic. The Longest Day depicts the events of the D-Day invasion as seen from a variety of different points from the Allied forces. Connery plays a bold member of the British army.
Along with Connery, the film stars the likes of Henry Fonda, John Wayne, and Robert Mitchum to name only a few. The massive scope of the movie and the recreation of the battles are stunning. The Longest Day is an entertaining and breathtaking war World War II film.
The Hill (1965)
In The Hill, Connery starred in another World War II film, though this time he was the lead. Set in North Africa during the war, the film focuses on a group of prisoners at a military prison who are subjected to constant brutality from the power-hungry guards.
Connery gives one of his best performances as the defiant prisoner attempting to start a revolution. Sidney Lumet directed the film, and it remains one of the hidden gems of his legendary filmography.
The Untouchables (1987)
Connery won the only Oscar of his career for his scene-stealing performance in the Brian De Palma crime epic, The Untouchables. Set during the Prohibition era of the 1920s, Kevin Costner stars as Elliott Ness, an ambitious FBI agent who teams with a rough Irish cop (Connery) to take on Al Capone (Robert De Niro) and his bootlegging business.
Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade (1989)
Connery lent his legendary status to another popular series as he joined the third Indiana Jones film. The Last Crusade follows Indy as he searches for the legendary Holy Grail along with his estranged father, played by Connery.
The movie is another highly entertaining entry into this franchise, with Spielberg delivering show-stopping set pieces. Harrison Ford is as perfect as ever as the titular protagonist, while Connery fits perfectly into the adventure in a different kind of role than we’re used to seeing from him.
The Scottish actor, best known for his portrayal of James Bond, was 90.