January 10, 2011
Sean Connery Connery grew up in Scotland near the Bruntsfield Links golf course but had no desire to play. But that changed when he was taught golf to look good enough to beat Gert Fröbe in a match in 1964's "Goldfinger. " "I got the bug," Connery later said. "Soon it would nearly take over my life. " Alice Cooper Cooper, who came to fame in the 1970s, battled booze before giving up drinking for the golf course. In fact, he wrote a book about it, "Alice Cooper, Golf Monster: A Rock 'n' Roller's Life and 12 Steps to Becoming a Golf Addict.
May 12, 2010 |
The legend of Robin Hood is firmly entrenched in British folklore — an archer and swordsman who, with his band of merry men, robbed from the rich and gave to the poor during the early 12th century in Nottinghamshire's Sherwood Forest. Originally portrayed as a commoner, Robin's image changed so that he was later thought of as a nobleman who lost his lands and was cast out as an outlaw. The earliest surviving ballads telling his story are dated to the 15th century or early 16th century.
May 8, 2010
SERIES America's Worst Driver: The two-part season finale recognizes one motorist with a dubious title (10 and 11 p.m. Travel). Saturday Night Live: Betty White hosts this new episode with musical guest Jay-Z (11:29 p.m. NBC). SPECIALS Rescued: Soledad O'Brien hosts this special that chronicles the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake through the eyes of two orphans, Cendy and Marc Kenson, who were abandoned years ago by their parents but later taken in at the orphanage of an American missionary family (5 and 8 p.m. CNN)
December 31, 2009 |
The American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre blasts into the new year with "The Best of James Bond: 007," which features four Sean Connery classics and a double bill of the best -- or is that an oxymoron? -- of the Roger Moore Bond flicks. The martinis begin to shake Friday with 1962's "Dr. No," which made Connery a superstar. Ursula Andress, Joseph Wiseman and Jack Lord also star. Rounding out the evening is the fifth of the Connery Bonds, 1967's "You Only Live Twice," which is set in Japan and features a script by Roald Dahl.
November 7, 2009
Re "Unshakable Bond," by Susan King, Nov. 4: Albert "Cubby" Broccoli's comment that "Bond was bigger than the actor who played him" might be a little self-righteous, since the statement implies that the producers who created Bond on the screen are solely responsible for his success. Sean Connery sitting at the chemin de fer table and introducing himself as James Bond, and introducing Bond to moviegoers, is arguably the most magnetic introduction of any character in motion picture history.
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October 21, 2009 |
Joseph Wiseman, a stage and screen actor who played the sinister title character in "Dr. No," the 1962 film that introduced Sean Connery as James Bond, has died. He was 91. Wiseman, who had been in declining health in the last few years, died Monday at his home in Manhattan, said his daughter, Martha Graham Wiseman. The Canadian-born Wiseman already had appeared on Broadway numerous times and in films such as "Detective Story" and "Viva Zapata!" when he was cast as the mysterious villain opposite Connery's 007. The diabolical Dr. No was a formidable foe. As Los Angeles Times movie critic Philip K. Scheuer put it: "Out pfui-ing Fu Manchu, Dr. No reveals himself to be the head of a vast underworld organization called SPECTER and dedicated to the destruction and domination of mankind.