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■ For me, there is only one James Bond and that is Sean Connery. I have just watched Goldfinger and I remember seeing it at a drive in back in 1965. Sean was the best actor to play James Bond by far and he was such a cool handsome man. Thomas Sean Connery was born in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, in 1930 to a working class family. His brother Neil also became an actor. Sean was a small boy at school but "shot up" from the age of 12 to be 6’2”. He worked at a variety of jobs as a teenager before enlisting in the navy and served for three years. As a result of an interest in body building Sean entered the local Mr Universe contest in 1950 and achieved third place. This led to modelling jobs and a role in the chorus of the stage musical South Pacific. Sean became interested in dramatic acting and was cast in professional stage plays. He played the lead role in the BBC television production of Requiem for a Heavyweight. In 1959 Sean was cast in the title role in the Walt Disney film Darby O'Gill and the Little People. I met and interviewed the late Diane Cilento who was married to Sean from 1962 till 1973. Sean and Diane discussed if he should accept the role of James Bond in Dr No. Diane told me that Sean had to be trained in matters of
Whatever Happened To ... Sean Connery
By Kevin Trask of 3AW and 96.5 Inner FM
etiquette and taught how to behave in a sophisticated manner. Diane also suggested that they should add the humour for James Bond and as a result the script featured those famous one liners. Sean also took dancing lessons from the Swedish dancer Yat Malmgren for 11 years. Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, was not happy when Sean was chosen to play his famous character but became a huge fan when he saw him onscreen in Dr No. Diane and Sean had one son Jason Connery who also became an actor. Dr No was the first in the series of Bond films and was a fantastic success at the box office.
Sean was in five more Bond films: From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice and Diamonds Are Forever. Sean was a good business man and negotiated a percentage of the profits from each of his Bond films. As the years went by he became tired of playing James Bond and wanted to play other roles in films. My favourite Sean Connery films include, The Man Who Would Be King in 1975 when he teamed with his old friend Michael Caine;In the Name of the Rose (for which he won a BAFTA award); and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade playing the father of Harrison Ford. Sean donated his fee from the film Robin and Marian to charity. His other films included: Marnie, The Molly Maguires, The Wind and the Lion, The Hunt for Red October, Finding Forrester and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Sean won the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for The Untouchables in 1987. In 1975 Sean married his second wife Micheline Roquebrune and these days they live in Europe. Sean became a grandfather in 1997 when his son Jason and his ex-wife, actress Mia Sara, had a son, Dashiell Quinn Connery. There is an official Sean Connery website at www.seanconnery.com which is worth a look.
Sean was made a Knight Bachelor in the 2000 Queen's Millennium Honors List for his services to film drama. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in an hour-long investiture ceremony at Edinburgh's Holyrood Palace in Scotland. His wife Micheline and his younger brother Neil were by his side. When Roger Moore passed away Sean made the following comment: "I was very sad to hear of Roger's passing. We had an unusually long relationship, by Hollywood standards, that was filled with jokes and laughter. I will miss him." Roger Moore was my second favourite James Bond but Sean Connery was my absolute favourite. Only last week the presence of Sir Sean Connery was announced to the audience at the US Open in New York . He looked fantastic and as the James Bond theme boomed around the stadium, the proud Scot was given a standing ovation while watching the tennis tournament. Kevin Trask Kevin can be heard on radio The Time Tunnel - on Remember When Sundays at 9.10pm on 3AW That's Entertainment - 96.5FM Sundays at 12 Noon 96.5FM is streaming on the internet. To listen, go to www.innerfm.org.au and follow the prompts.
Jane Harper wins crime book awards
■ Melbourne author Jane Harper’s novel The Dry took out two awards for best crime books by women in the Sisters of Crime 17th Davitt Awards, winning Best Adult Novel and Readers’ Choice awards. It tops off a top award-winning run for Harper, a former Herald Sun journalist. The novel, which first won the 2015 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, has gone on to scoop the 2017 IndieAward Book of the Year and the 2017 Australian Book Industry Awards Australian Book of the Year Award. Rights have been sold in 27 territories worldwide, and film rights optioned to US actor and producer Reese Witherspoon and her Australian co-producer Bruna Papandrea. Jacqui Horwood, the Davitt Judges’ wrangler, said, “The Dry is an atmospheric and claustrophobic read that explores the complexities of life in a rural community through the lens of a devastating crime. “The judges were impressed with Harper’s tight control of the narrative and her well-realised characters. A well-crafted and delivered crime novel.” Harper told the crowd,” No-one knows crime quite like the Sisters in Crime, so I’m thrilled that my novel has been singled out by such a discerning group. “The Dry has been embraced in a way I never could have imagined when I started writing it, and I’m so grateful to the Sisters in Crime for championing not only this novel but all crime writing by Australian women writers.” Hilary Bonney, a barrister, truecrime writer and television producer, presented the awards before a crowd of nearly 100. She talked first about her ‘life in crime’, with Professor Sue Turnbull, who was appointed Sisters in Crime’s ambassador at its 25th anniversary convention last year. The major sponsor for the 2017 Davittswas Swinburne University of Technology’s Dr Carolyn Beasley, the acting department chair of Media and Communication Department, who said: “For us, it’s a bit of a no brainer. As flagship members of a diversity organisation called Athena Swan,
OK. With John O’Keefe Instant ticket sales
■ To prove John Farnham is as popular as ever, 5000 tickets to his Brisbane concert sold within the first hour of release. A promoters dream means a second concert has been added on February 18.
Can you spare a buck, Ellen?
■ Talk show host Ellen Degeneres is one wealthy chic. Her take home-pay is $ 60 million a year. And you thought ex-Australia Post boss Ahmed Fahour was laughing all the way to the bank?
Where is Seb?
■ Certain mystery surrounds the disappearance on screen of Nine News reporter Seb Costello , based in London. Most reliable rumour is Seb is taking a break after covering some pretty grizzly scenes in Europe. Seb is a polished reporter and we hope he overcomes his demons and is back on telly in near future.. ● Jane Harper gender diversity and support for the (Penguin Random House Australia). careers and cultural presence of The Davitt (Best Children’s Book) women is critical for Swinburne, just went to Melbourne author and illusas it is for the crime writing scene. So trator, Judith Rossell, for Wormwood we are perfect partners in crime, or Mire: A Stella Montgomery intrigue ‘coies’ as we’d be called in the slang (HarperCollins Australia). of criminal culture.” Cath Ferla was awarded the Davitt This year, 99 crime books by Aus- for best debut book for Ghost Girls tralian women were in contention, a (Bonnier Publishing Australia). 14-fold increase from when the Davitt Thirty books in all for categories comAwards were first presented in 2001. peted for the award. Ferla is a “Every year the books get better Melbourne-based multi-platform and better,” Horwood said. “The self- writer with experience in journalism, assuredness of the debut writers – 30 television screenwriting and educain total – was a joy to behold. The tional publishing, and has taught in judges loved that there were lots of Melbourne, Sydney and Beijing. She brilliant crime and mystery books for is currently undertaking a Graduate children and young people, ensuring Diploma of Mandarin Chinese. the next generation of crime readers. The Davitts, named after Ellen I truly believe we are in a new Golden Davitt, the author of Australia’s first Era for Australian women crime writ- mystery novel, Force and Fraud, in ers.” 1865, cost publishers nothing to enter. Megan Norris, a journalist with 35 The awards are handsome carved years in news and six true crime books polished wooded trophies featuring the under her belt, won the Davitt (Non- front cover of the winning novel unFiction) for Look What You Made Me der perspex. No prize money is atDo: Fathers who kill (Bonnier Publish- tached. The judging panel for 2017 ing Australia), through seven cases, comprises Sisters in Crime national involving 13 innocent children who co-convenor, Michaela Lobb; former died at the hands of their fathers who convenors Jacqui Horwood, Maggie were seeking to punish their mothers. Baron and Sylvia Loader; forensic Geelong-based writer and editor, specialist Debbie Stephen; and ReadShivaun Plozza, took out the Davitt ings Bookshop bookseller and writer, (Best Young Adult Novel) for Frankie Deborah Crabtree.
Filling Laurie’s shoes
■ With the retirement of political doyen Laurie Oakes, his position at Nine has been filled by former ABC News and Current Affairs reporter Chris Uhlmann. Chris has been with ABC-TV for 19 years and starts with Nine in October. Expect a big political news scoop to lauch his arrival. National Nine Chief of Current Affairs and News, Darren Wicks, described Uhlmann as a man of ''integrity, talent, with a hunger for news”.
They said it wouldn’t work
■ Studio 10 had its fair share of detractors when it laumched way back when on Ten. Having just celebrated their 1000 th show Studio 10 threw a party live to air. The program has been extended , allowing for extra interviews, and those minutes long advertorials that pay the bills
Toyota Star Maker
■ Entry is now open for the 39th Toyota Star Maker – Australia’s longest running search for a new country music star. Star Maker has been a crucial launching pad for some of Australia’s biggest country music stars including Keith Urban, Lee Kernaghan, James Blundell, Travis Collins, Kylie Sackley, Beccy Cole, Sam McClymont, Darren Coggan, Lyn Bowtell, Kirsty Lee Akers, and Kaylee Bell. Australia’s Star Maker platform sets out to find a new country music star and all the aforementioned winners are leading the way with strong careers both internationally and locally. In 2018, competition will be as tough as ever with former winners setting strong examples of what is possible when committed to a career in the country music industry.
Published on Sep 6, 2017