The secret Jewish history of Sean Connery, the James Bond who died today at the age of 90

Connery received many awards during his long acting career and is considered by many to be the best of the actors who portrayed the character of James Bond.

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“MY NAME is Bond, James Bond”: Sean Connery in “Goldfinger”.
(photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Scottish film legend Sean Connery, who rose to international stardom as the suave, sexy and sophisticated British agent James Bond and went on to grace the big screen for four decades, has died at the age of 90, the media reported. BBC Y SkyNews on Saturday, as published Jerusalem Post.

Connery grew up in near poverty in suburban Edinburgh and worked as a coffin polisher, milkman and lifeguard before his love of bodybuilding helped launch an acting career that made him one of the biggest stars in the world.

“The world’s greatest Scotsman, the last of the true Hollywood stars, the ultimate Bond,” said Alex Salmond, a former First Minister of Scotland. “He was also a staunch patriot, a deep thinker and an exceptional human being.”

Connery will first be remembered as British agent 007, the character created by novelist Ian Fleming and immortalized by Connery in films beginning with “Dr. Not” in 1962.

As Bond, his elegant manner and wry humor in thwarting outlandish villains and cavorting with beautiful women belied a darker, more violent edge, and created a depth of character that set the standard for those who followed him in the role.

It was featured in movies with the signature line, “Bond – James Bond”. But Connery wasn’t happy about being defined by the role, once saying he “hated fucking James Bond.”

Tall and handsome, with a throaty voice to match a sometimes gruff personality, Connery played a number of notable roles in addition to Bond and won an Academy Award for his portrayal of a tough Chicago cop in “The Untouchables” (1987). .

He was 59 years old when People magazine declared him the “Sexiest Man Alive” in 1989.

Connery was an ardent supporter of Scottish independence and had the words “Scotland Forever” tattooed on his arm while serving in the Royal Navy. When he was knighted at the age of 69 by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth in 2000 at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, he wore full Scottish costume including the green and black kilt of his mother’s clan MacLeod. .

Connery retired from movies after disputes with the director of his last outing, the forgettable “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” in 2003.

“I’m sick of dealing with idiots,” he said.

The Bond franchise was still going strong more than five decades after Connery started it. The lavishly produced films, packed with high-tech gizmos and spectacular effects, broke box office records and grossed hundreds of millions of dollars.

After the great success of “Dr. No,” Connery followed up with more Bond movies in quick succession: “From Russia With Love” (1963), “Goldfinger” (1964), “Thunderball” (1965) and “You Only Live Twice” (1967).

Connery then became concerned about being typecast and decided to part ways. Australian actor George Lazenby succeeded him as Bond in “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” in 1969.

But without Connery he lacked what the public wanted and he was lured back in 1971 for “Diamonds Are Forever” with enticements that included a cut of the profits, which he said would go to a Scottish educational trust. He insisted that it would be his last time as Bond.

Twelve years later, Connery returned as 007 in “Never Say Never” (1983), an independent production that angered his former mentor, producer Albert “Cubby” Broccoli.

Connery was a very different type of Fleming’s Bond character with his impeccable social background, preferring beer to Bond’s vodka martini cocktails that were “shaken, not stirred.”

But Connery’s influence helped shape the character in both the books and the movies. He never tried to disguise his Scottish accent, which led Fleming to give Bond Scottish heritage in the books that were published after Connery’s debut.

Last August 25, Seth Rogovoyin his Editor’s Note at forwardcelebrated Sir Sean Connery’s 90th birthday and in honor of his most famous role as James Bond, referenced his secret Jewish history.

It’s hard to imagine anyone less Jewish – or more goy – , he said, than James Bond: the one with the shaken-not-stirred martinis; the one who serially sleeps with the buxom blonde “Bond girls”; the one driving the latest, fastest, gadget-equipped sports car. He may be the hero, but he is not a mensch*. the british newspaper DailyMirror He recently called him “as enduring a British icon as the Royal Family and the Rolling Stones.”

The secret Jewish history of Sean Connery the James Bond
Quantum of Prejudice: Quantum of Prejudice: Ian Fleming might be surprised by the Jews who have made an icon of James Bond.

Ian Fleming might be surprised by the Jews who have made an icon of James Bond.

Indeed, Bond was the literary brainchild of novelist Ian Fleming, a notorious right-winger who, like many Englishmen of his generation, wore his anti-Semitism on his sleeve. Fleming’s books, unlike the much more popular movies they spawned, occasionally trade vulgar and hateful Jewish stereotypes, and whenever a character appears Jewish, they’re always a villain.

Since its inception more than half a century ago, since 1962 “Dr. No” through the 2012 film “Skyfall”, Jews have played an essentially creative role in the James Bond film series. The series develops a Jewish-inspired gem business theme, with titles including “Goldfinger” and “Diamonds Are Forever.” Fleming based the main character of “Goldfinger,” who is Bond’s nemesis, on Ernö Goldfinger, the real-life Hungarian-born modernist architect and leftist who was Fleming’s neighbor in Hampstead. Fleming inverted the Goldfinger of his, renamed Auric (meaning “gold” in Latin), with an obsession for power. The film “Goldfinger” avoids the character’s Jewish origins, which in Fleming’s original are given some consideration. Ironically, the German actor Gert Fröbe, who played Goldfinger in the film, had been a member of the Nazi Party during World War II.

Hollywood, a friendlier place more conducive to Jewish involvement than Fleming’s universe, fictional or not, has had many contributions from Jews, or people who were in fact Jewish, to the character of James Bond.

Ken Adam, also known as Sir Kenneth Adam, OBE, was the production designer for all the classic Bond films of the 1960s and 1970s, from “Dr. No” in 1962 to “Moonraker” in 1979. Adam was born in Berlin in 1921; his father and his uncles were successful haute couture clothiers, prominent in the city since the late 19th century. Adam and his family left for England in 1934 after Nazi harassment forced them to close the business. Adam was one of only two German citizens to fly aircraft for the Royal Air Force during wartime; if the Germans had captured him, he could have been executed as a traitor rather than held as a prisoner of war.

Irvin Kershner, whose directing credits include “The Empire Strikes Back” and the TV movie “Raid on Entebbe” (for which he received an Emmy nomination), and who played the role of Zebedee, the father of the apostles James and John , in Martin Scorsese’s “The Last Temptation of Christ,” directed the 1983 Bond film “Never Say Never,” which marked Sean Connery’s return to the title role and made Kershner the only person to direct both a “Star Wars” movie as one of James Bond, two of the most successful franchises in Hollywood. (The Bond films are second only to the Harry Potter films in total revenue.)

Harry Saltzman, born Herschel Saltzman in Quebec, was the proverbial rebel who at age 15 ran away from home and joined the circus. During World War II he served in the Canadian Army in France, where he met his future wife, Jacqui, a Romanian immigrant, and began his career as a headhunter. He ended up working as a stage and then film producer in England in the mid-1950s, and after reading Fleming’s “Goldfinger” in 1961, he acquired the film rights to the Bond stories.

Saltzman’s friend, screenwriter Wolf Mankowitz, introduced him to American Albert R. Broccoli, who also wanted to make James Bond movies. Together, Saltzman and Broccoli formed Eon Productions, the company that to this day, still owned by the Broccoli estate (Broccoli bought Saltzman in 1975), produces the official Bond films. A native of London’s East End, which was the heart of the Jewish community at the time, Mankowitz was an incredibly prolific and successful writer whose mediums included musical theatre, novels and screenplays, one of which is the first draft of the first film. by Bond for Eon, “Dr. Nope”. Mankowitz reportedly asked that his name be removed from the credits, fearing that the film would be a flop and damage his reputation. Ironically, the release of security files in 2010 showed that MI5, the British security service, suspected Mankowitz of being a Soviet spy.

The 1967 film version of “Casino Royale,” based on Fleming’s first Bond novel, is one of the only ones not produced by Eon, although Mankowitz was involved in writing the screenplay, as were fellow Jewish writers Ben Hecht, Joseph Heller and Billy Wilder (along with Terry Southern, John Huston, and Val Guest). The skit featured actors Woody Allen and Peter Sellers.

New York-born screenwriter Richard Maibaum, who worked for Broccoli before he began producing the Bond series, wrote most of the classic Bond films. Maibaum began his writing career in New York as a playwright, and his work included the anti-lynching play “The Tree” and “Birthright,” an anti-Nazi drama. Maibaum contributed to all but three of the Bond films, beginning with “Dr. No” and passing through “Licence to kill”, in 1989. More than anyone, perhaps even Fleming, Maibaum can be said to have created and sustained the mythical icon of Bond. Mensch or not, Bond has proven to be an enduring figure over the last 50 years, an image that has been shaped, pushed and refined, largely by Jews, far beyond what Fleming could have imagined or, indeed, have. Dear.

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