5 reasons Connery should act again 0
Sean Connery is seen in a 1968 publicity photo.
Sean Connery, where the blazes are you?
With this year marking the 50th anniversary of James Bond's cinematic debut, we can't help but wonder what it would take to coax the man who gave us the original (and by many estimations, the best) 007 out of his self-imposed retirement and back onto the silver screen.
We realize that Connery, 81, is not the swaggering, sculpted rogue who introduced the moviegoing world to Bond in 1962's Dr. No. And just to be clear, we're not asking Connery to come back and play a geriatric Bond. It was painful enough watching Harrison Ford don the fedora again for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, a movie for which Connery politely and perhaps wisely declined to reprise his role as Indy's dad.
Still, the world of film and of celebrity in general is a poorer place without Connery in it. Here's why we need him to come back.
His last movie was terrible
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen wasn't just a bad movie, it was the bad movie that convinced Connery he was through with Hollywood -- his experience working on the film was so awful he hasn't made another since. But just as Raul Julia's final film role was that terrible Street Fighter movie, we don't want 2003's superhero slopfest to be Connery's last screen credit.
He's turned down too many fun roles
Legend has it Connery did The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen because he felt he missed the boat by saying no the part of Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings. According to Hollywood scuttlebutt, Connery also passed on the role of Simon Gruber in Die Hard: With a Vengeance, the Architect in The Matrix sequels and John Hammond in Jurassic Park. (How awesome would it have been to hear Connery say, "Welcome... to Jurasshic Park!") We need Connery to round out his career with a "yes" or three.
He's a bona fide troublemaker
From his controversial comments about it being OK to slap women sometimes to his support for Scotland's independence, Connery has always been a rabble-rouser. But unlike Mel Gibson, he always seemed to bounce back from off-colour comments or public outbursts. We could use more of his roguish behaviour to counteract the Kardashians of the world.
He's a damn fine actor
We love to make fun of the accent and some of the cheesier roles (sorry, Christopher Lambert, but there can be only one Highlander in our hearts), but the truth is Connery has a rare presence and charisma on screen. He's also the only Bond actor ever to win an Oscar, for 1987's The Untouchables.
If he returns to making movies, maybe Saturday Night Live will feature him in sketches again
Imagine it -- Connery returns to the public eye, and SNL gets Darrell Hammond and Will Ferrell to come back for a one-off Celebrity Jeopardy! sketch. And suddenly, all is right in the world. "You think you're pretty shmart, don't you Trebek?"