Sir Sean Connery, the 'greatest living Scotsman' turns 80 today (25th August) and, while Sir Sean has a movie career spanning a whopping 56 years, it is his portrayal as James Bond 007 in seven Bond films that made his name.

Born in Edinburgh in 1930, Connery's early career choices included being a milkman, sailor, artist's model and coffin polisher until he discovered the joys of acting whilst working backstage at a theatre. After a few minor roles in films such as A Night to Remember and The Longest Day Connery hit the big time in the first 007 film, 1962's Dr. No.

His cocky, insouciant introduction ("The name's Bond... James Bond") and imposing frame made him the benchmark by which all subsequent Bonds have failed to measure up to. Can you imagine Connery wearing a girdle, as Roger Moore did? No.

Watch some classic Connery clips after the jump... Sir Sean Connery, the 'greatest living Scotsman' turns 80 today (25th August) and, while Sir Sean has a movie career spanning a whopping 56 years, it is his portrayal as James Bond 007 in seven Bond films that made his name.

Born in Edinburgh in 1930, Connery's early career choices included being a milkman, sailor, artist's model and coffin polisher until he discovered the joys of acting whilst working backstage at a theatre. After a few minor roles in films such as A Night to Remember and The Longest Day Connery hit the big time in the first 007 film, 1962's Dr. No.

His cocky, insouciant introduction ("The name's Bond... James Bond") and imposing frame made him the benchmark by which all subsequent Bonds have failed to measure up to. Can you imagine Connery wearing a girdle, as Roger Moore did? No.

A few less-remembered movies like Robin and Marion and the cult sci-fi Zardoz followed his stint as 007 until Connery resurfaced spectacularly in the mid-80s with the hat trick of Highlander, The Name of the Rose and The Untouchables, for which he won his only Oscar (for Best Supporting Actor).

After a couple of late career glitches (namely turning down the role of Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and agreeing to star in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) retirement now beckons for the man who recently declared "It would almost need a Mafia-like offer I couldn't refuse to do another movie."

Happy birthday, Sir Sean Connery: one of the old school great movie heroes and the man you'll always think of first when you hear the words "Bond... James Bond".

Check out a few of Sir Sean's best movie moments...

That introduction from Dr. No:



Robert Shaw takes a thrashing at the hands of our man in From Russia With Love:



Connery takes on action comedy in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade;:



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