Sean Connery IS James Bond
The film: Dr. No (1962)
The actor: The star of Darby O’Gill And The Little People. Scot. Bodybuilder.
The character: Super-spy with a taste for the finer things in life. Englishman.
It’s another author throwing a hissy fit over the treatment of their cherished character. Ian Fleming was initially against the casting of Sean Connery as Bond; he was appalled at the idea of casting a working-class Scot as the English spy. After all, you can’t have the Celts storming in and pretending to be English! That would be like casting a man with a patently Scottish accent as a Russian submarine commander, or an English king, or an Egyptian immortal!
Flemyng preferred: A young up-and-comer called Christopher Lee, who also happened to be his cousin.
The result: Fleming was completely won over by Connery’s portrayal – as was everyone, ever – and even introduced a Scottish ancestry for his spy in the next book he wrote, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
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