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Sean Connery - The Quintessential James Bond
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21 December 2009

Sean Connery - The Quintessential James BondSir Thomas Sean Connery, or Sean Connery as most know him, was born on August 25th, 1930, in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, Scotland. As one of the world’s most celebrated actors, Connery has acted in numerous films over the years, including the James Bond series.

Though he is officially retired from acting now at the age of 77, Connery is often considered the best to ever don the title of 007. Connery has appeared in seven Bond films: Dr. No, From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, Diamonds Are Forever, and Never Say Never Again.

This daunting actor was discovered by Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli after other aspirants to the Bond role were eliminated. Cary Grant and James Mason, each a very popular actor respectively, refused to sign on to star in a series of films due to the studio’s low budget. Because of this, the producers were forced to hire an unknown.

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Top 5 James Bond Villains
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27 June 2008

Top 5 James Bond Villains

Throughout the history of cinema, few movies have had an impact quite like the James Bond series. 007's legacy is unwavering, and even in 2008, the Bond character is kept alive by Daniel Craig. The universe loves symmetry and always finds a way to pit hero against villain as a way to even things out.

For every great James Bond mission, there has been an impressive villain there attempting to stop Her Majesty's top agent from saving the day.

In no particular order, here are the top 5 James Bond villains of all time.

1 - Jaws. This 7-foot giant with the metal mouth was introduced first in The Spy Who Loved Me, and became an instant hit. The sheer size of this bad-guy made for an impressive showing on the silver screen. Able to chew through everything from bone to steel, Jaws was a worthy adversary for Bond, giving this super-spy all he could handle. Because of the popularity of Jaws, he made yet another appearance in Moonraker. But brawn did not prevail in the end. It was Jaws' lack of brainpower which always left him defeated. In the end, Jaws found love and abandoned his life of crime.

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James Bond Plays the Casinos - The Top Five Scenes
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18 June 2008

James Bond Plays the Casinos - The Top Five Scenes

Although Casino Royale is an obvious clue that the movie will feature gambling, gambling scenes and James Bond's predilection for the game of Baccarat, this James Bond movie is far from being the only movie that includes scenes of Bond enjoying one of his favorite pastimes.

The James Bond character reflects everything that is the ultimate gambler--coolness in the face of danger, calm when the opponents are obviously increasing to the boiling point, intelligent enough to know when to play a hand and how to make the best use of the hand he is dealt, and oozing with self-confidence.

Casino Royale was written by Ian Fleming, with the casino scene based on a visit to the Casino Estoril located in Lisbon. In history, the Casino in Portugal's capital was a popular gathering place for German agents during World War II.

The novel and earlier versions of the movie have Bond playing Baccarat, but the signature movie capitalized on the increasing popularity of a game called Texas Holdem--a form of poker.

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