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ISBN-13: 978-1605983455 ISBN-10: 1605983454 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Pegasus; 1 edition (June 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605983454
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605983455
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 0.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,090,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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“Bray carefully charts the evolution of Connery, working-class lad, Edinburgh scion of a family of Irish tinkers, sailor, body-builder, underwear model, footballer, chorus boy, into the archetype of devil-may-care throwaway masculinity.” (The Guardian)

“Any biography of Sean Connery is better for not being, strictly speaking, a biography. Bray clears that hurdle right out of the gate. Instead of recycling old scandal sheets and puff pieces, he gives us the only book that could matter: a bristling and learned meditation on that other Connery—the one that dreams are made of.” (Louis Bayard - The Washington Post)

About the Author

Christopher Bray has written on movies, books, music, and art for the Daily Telegraph, the Times Literary Supplement, the Literary Review, The New York Times, and The New Statesman. Also the author of Michael Caine: A Class Act, Christopher lives and works in southeast London.

Customer Reviews

This book is boring, imparts little information and is poorly written at best.
weetamoe
Alas, Bray comes out up-front with the likelihood that Connery doesn't warm up to fans or adulation, and would probably just be a jerk.
Tom Hockman
There is no sense of what is was like to work with Connery on-set and behind the scenes.
Richard Masloski

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Richard Masloski on July 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Christopher Bray's unconventional biography is less an examination of its subject's life and times than it is a long critique of the career of Sean Connery, the actor. And it is not so much an analysis of Connery's films as it is an overview with the main focus being Connery's part in each film. Whilst Connery is a very fortressed personage, I still find it deplorable that more of Connery's off-screen life could not have been presented herein. We learn that he had/has a son - Jason - with his first wife Diane Cilento in 1963 and never hear another word about the lad. Mention is briefly made of Connery's brother, Neil, but omitted is the very interesting fact that Neil pursued a film career of his own - and starred in a film as, yes, a secret agent! Much ado is made of Connery's "monobrow" of his early years in film. Indeed, the first photo in the photo section of the book is a publicity still from an early Connery film and is captioned thusly: "Fearsome monobrow aside, Connery already looks very much the matinee idol." The trouble is, whilst Connery has extremely thick eyebrows - plural - they are not (at least in the picture supplied as evidence) an actual "monobrow" in the true definition of the word. But Mr. Bray somehow apparently receives some ticklish, devilish fun in bringing up the "monobrow" theme several times in the early part of his book. Yet later - on page 245 - the issue is raised yet again in relation to Connery's final go at James Bond in "Never Say Never Again." In some quoted comments his second wife Micheline incorrectly takes the credit for Connery's looking so good after so many years between Bonds - "You know why?" she is quoted as rhetorically asking. "It's the eyebrows. I'm a painter. I notice these things. Ten years ago he had these dark overhanging brows.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By weetamoe on April 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Christopher Bray could write ten pages about a mudpuddle. This book is boring, imparts little information and is poorly written at best. This imbeciles unsupported opinions and blowhard style reveal almost nothing of Sean Connery- a man I am sure he has only viewed from afar, if he has ever been near him. Pompous, overthought drivel just keeps pouring out page after page. Save your money!
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Format: Paperback
This Sean Connery biography was a page-turner for me, maybe for the lack of an autobiography by the man, himself. Short of that, we must settle for what we have in the way of insight into this man. Christopher Bray is no Sean Connery sycophant. He doesn't try to make the man out to be more than he is: a lifelong successful actor and movie icon for one of the most successful series in movie history. But Bray has no special access to Connery or the people he has worked with for the past 60 years, so the bio focuses largely on his movies and previously published interviews for its basis. I believe this type of long-form essay can still yield a lot of insight, but it doesn't give the whole picture that input from his co-stars, producers, directors, family, and Connery would have provided. What can't Connery just write the darn book, already?
The introduction starts right off by saying that Bray doesn't idolize Sean Connery; rather, he is a big fan of Connery on-screen to the point he is fascinated by what makes the man so captivating to fans, all the while his private life and personality are so hidden. I, too, am a fan of that type. I've always enjoyed watching him in movies no matter what the part, and have wondered what he is like in person. Alas, Bray comes out up-front with the likelihood that Connery doesn't warm up to fans or adulation, and would probably just be a jerk. There are a few stories in the book that support that idea, if you believe them.
So, as Bray covers some of Connery's childhood highlights, many of which have been revealed before in other interviews or bios, it collects some insight into his formative years and direction toward acting.
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though he never interviewed Mr. Connery, the author has a love for him and some new and interesting facts. fun to read
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