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Re: Connery's physical appearance in DAF

Somehow a 50-year-old Connery in Time Bandits looked 30 again. He hadn’t looked that good since Thunderball. It’s a shame he didn’t look that good in NSNA two years later.

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Re: Connery's physical appearance in DAF

Connery reportedly lost 20 lbs in preparation for NSNA. I doubt he did anything to prepare for DAF other than read the script and learn his lines.

It appears Connery just did DAF because they were willing to pay him whatever he wanted and he probably just considered it reparations to make up for his believing he was underpaid for his previous Bond films.

That being said, despite the bad hairpiece, bushy brows and paunch, Connery still brought the goods in that great elevator fight scene in DAF. Those scenes in Amsterdam were classic Bond and if the rest of the film could have matched that standard, DAF would have been a classic and we probably wouldn't be talking about Connery's appearance.

The reality is, Connery did not look his best in YOLT, but that was more from a weight standpoint (the hairpiece and brows were fine).

Last edited by HowardB (6th Dec 2020 06:09)

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Though not a fan of how Connery looked in DAF, it seemed like it was in keeping with the times when even sartorial elegance had a touch of the wild and woolly look of the late 60’s and early 70’s. Everyone in that movie looked that way, Leiter, Peter Franks, the SPECTRE henchmen, Whyte, etc. And the one who most noticeably looked refined was Blofeld, perhaps intentional since he was the main villain?

I think in OHMSS they upheld the “nice” look of Bond and his world to keep up standards, but IMO it was an artificial portrayal of the true culture of the day.

For LALD, I think they carried forward the “real” look and feel of culture as they did in DAF, except that time it was Bond and not the villain who looked artificially preened above the other characters, like how he looked while visiting Harlem and even in sequences in which he dressed down for the occasion like in the scenes in Louisiana in which he still looked neat and stood out in his environment.  In the end, it’s a decision in every Bond movie in how to strike a balance between portraying relevance in the real world vs. the fantasy elements of Bond.

"...the purposeful slant of his striding figure looked dangerous, as if he was making quickly for something bad that was happening further down the street." -SMERSH on 007 dossier photo, Ch. 6 FRWL.....