Tonight’s double feature of The Hunt for Red October and The Longest Day spotlights the incomparable Sean Connery via roles from the early and latter part of his career. But this particular pairing only hints at the Scottish actor’s unflagging charisma. (For a crash course in Connery’s career, check out our latest photo essay Beyond Bond).
Much to the dismay of his 007 fans worldwide, Connery left Bond behind for good in the 1980s yet his performances from then on were hardly any less entertaining. Take his portrayal of Ramis in The Hunt for Red October. Cast as a last minute replacement, Connery gave a definitive performance in what has become a modern-day classic.
As for The Longest Day, this war film detailing the events of D-Day was ironically a breeding ground for Bond film stars: Aside from Connery, the cast includes Gert Fröbe who became the title character in The Spy Who Loved Me . If those names don’t do much for you how about Richard Burton, Robert Mitchum, Henry Fonda, Red Buttons, Peter Lawford, John Wayne, and Robert Wagner? Now you’ll be tuning in!
The Hunt for Red October plays tonight, January 12 at 8 p.m. | 7C followed by The Longest Day at 11 p.m. | 10C.Read More