A movie star can be a powerful presence in our lives, their image and persona literally larger than life as they move across the movie screen, and yet they can also make that vital connection with us. It’s a connection that can last a lifetime.
By the time Sean Connery took up the mantle of portraying James Bond, Ian Fleming’s literary creation was already popular. Connery’s embodiment of Bond immediately imprinted itself on so many peoples’ imaginations. In the process, Connery’s realization of the character played a key part in the evolution of the “event movie” phenomenon that we so readily associate with certain genre movies today. Event movies have always been a staple of cinema but Connery-as-Bond perhaps marked a moment when it became all the more a part of pop culture.