If everything had gone according to plan, this weekend Americans would’ve been flocking to cinemas to see Daniel Craig’s final performance as Bond, James Bond, secret agent 007, in No Time to Die (us Brits would’ve all been to see it last weekend, of course). As that’s not to be, here’s something both entirely similar and entirely different: my reviews of Sean Connery’s final performance in the role — both of them.
This concludes my coverage of Connery’s time as Bond, the previous instalment of which I posted in, er, 2013. (And you thought No Time to Die had a long delay.) That covered his first stint as James Bond — the five films he starred in from 1962 to 1967. Now, here are his two remaining performances:
- his brief return to the official series in 1971 after The Lazenby Debacle;
- his unofficial return another 12 years after that, in the film that taught him to never say never — which perhaps explains how he ended up starring in the likes of Highlander II, The Avengers, and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
Neither of these films is Connery’s finest hour as Bond — they’re his worst hours, in fact — but, I must say, they were both better than I had remembered.
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That may be it for Connery, but — as always — James Bond will return… in Daniel Craig’s case, in November (fingers crossed!)