September 3, 2009


Sean Connery is the focus of a new edition in Taschen's movie icon series. Famous for illustrated books, Taschen does a great job laying out a filmography with some behind-the-scenes info. I have the Truffaut and Woody Allen books and find that I enjoy browsing through them to get reaquainted with various projects from their careers. I'm sure that fans of Connery and of 007 will enjoy the new entry in the publisher's small-bound editions. From Amazon: Why is the only non-American winner of the AFI's prestigious Life Achievement Award a Scotsman? Perhaps because Sean Connery's career, though international in scope and global in appeal, made him a "genuine movie star" without any pretensions or pandering to fashion. Indisputably, Connery's incarnation of James Bond catapulted him to stardom and lay the foundation for the most successful franchise in motion picture history. Together Bond and Connery became larger-than-life; but it was Connery, not Bond, whose powerful presence went on to permeate scores of other roles. Connery can be as cool and charismatic as Steve McQueen, as elegant as Cary Grant, or as generous as Frank Sinatra. Said Audrey Hepburn: "There are only two great stars in my recollection who have not been changed by massive success: Lassie and Sean Connery."

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