Sean Connery: From 007 to Hollywood Icon
Sean Connery rose from the slums of Edinburgh, Scotland, to become, in mythic rags-to-riches fashion, one of the screen's most enduring and respected luminaries. This work is the most complete and up-to-date assessment of the actor's life and career, as well as a fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of the business in which he has excelled. Beginning with his humble origins in Depression Era Scotland, the author, an established motion-picture historian, takes the reader through Connery's years in British theater and television to his present-day super-celebrity status. Connery's breakthrough as James Bond established him as a potent "sex symbol", but his determination to shake the Bondian typecasting led him to hits as diverse as The Anderson Tapes and The Man Who Would Be King. Well-regarded but unsuccessful ventures in the late 1970s and early 1980s left him broke, but when it seemed his career had run its course, Connery was back, larger than ever, with an Oscar-winning performance in The Untouchables, and roles in such successes as Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and The Hunt for Red October. Sean Connery emerges here, the author suggests, as a minefield of contradictions: happily married, with a legendary history of conquests; easy-going, yet remarkably unforgiving. Interviews with Connery's friends, foes and the women he has known - as well as with directors of some of his most memorable films, including Sidney Lumet, Terry Gilliam, Richard Lester and Fred Zinnemann - result in a wonderfully frank, unflinching portrait of one of the world's most formidable, skilled and complex superstars.
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SEAN CONNERY: From 007 to Hollywood IconUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
A life of Connery that's given its richness as much by the whimsically outspoken star himself as by Yule. Yule combines the detail of his David Puttnam bio (Fast Fade, 1988) with the focus on acting ... Read full review
Sean ConneryUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Author Yule ( Life on the Wire: The Life and Art of Al Pacino , LJ 10/1/91; Losing the Light: Terry Gilliam and the Munchausen Saga , LJ 10/15/91) has put together a thoroughly researched piece of ... Read full review