Sean Connery Forever Altered James Bond History With 1 Iconic Ad-Lib He Made Up On the Fly

Sean Connery Forever Altered James Bond History With 1 Iconic Ad-Lib He Made Up On the Fly

The late Sean Connery played the iconic character of James Bond in seven Bond films including Dr. No (1962),  From Russia with Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), and Diamonds Are Forever (1971). Connery made his final appearance as Bond in Never Say Never Again (1983).  Dr. No would be the most successful and critically acclaimed film of his tenure as Bond and would mark the beginning of what James Bond and his character would embody in the cinematic format. This included the character’s signature introductory catchphrase “Bond, James Bond”. Fans would be ecstatic to know that Connery himself played a big part in the origin of the phrase and making it a staple for future Bond films and for the character itself.

Sean Connery Improvised the Famous Introductory Catchphrase

Sean Connery as James Bond in Dr. No
Sean Connery as James Bond in Dr. No

Sean Connery made his debut as James Bond in Dr. No in 1962. The film had a scene where James Bond introduces himself to the character of Sylvia Trench played by Eunice Gayson. Connery introduces himself saying the famous trademark introduction of the character “Bond, James Bond”. According to Express UK, this was not the line that was written in the script and Connery made an improvisation and made up the now iconic catchphrase of the character.

In the script, the line that was written was “I am James Bond”. However, Connery felt that the line lacked a certain punch and decided to improvise and change the lines to put more charisma and charm into it. He even improvised the bit where the character pauses after saying his last name and again revealing his full name. This small improvisation would create history as it became a significant signature introductory catchphrase for every Bond movie that came after it.

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The Legacy of Sean Connery’s Portrayal of James Bond

Sean Connery
Sean Connery

Sean Connery laid the foundation of the mannerisms and the charisma with which the character of James Bond embodied on screen. The suave nature and the confidence with which the character spoke and carried himself impressed the general public and fans who were aware of Ian Fleming’s books from where the story and character are adapted.

His portrayal of James Bond would make the character an iconic pop culture phenomenon across the globe. Many actors including David Niven, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, and Daniel Craig would follow in his footsteps and carry the legacy of Bond forward while also bringing their version of the character.

Also read: “He didn’t think I was right for the part”: Steven Spielberg Exacted Revenge on James Bond Producers by Casting Sean Connery in $474M Indiana Jones Sequel With Harrison Ford

The Future of James Bond

Daniel Craig as James Bond in No Time to Die
Daniel Craig as James Bond in No Time to Die

No Time To Die (2021) ended Daniel Craig’s tenure as James Bond. He previously played the part in four films including Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008), Skyfall (2012), and Spectre (2015). Since then, there has been no official news about the future of the franchise and who would be replacing Craig in the role.

Fans can only hope that news and official casting announcement of their favorite super-spy come as soon as possible so that they can enjoy another action-packed globe-trotting adventure in addition to a new face embodying the role.

Also read: “It’s with me until I go to the box”: James Bond Actor Sean Connery Confessed His True Feelings for Daniel Craig Taking Over as Next 007 After Facing Severe Backlash

Source: Express UK

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