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Sir Sean Connery dies

Also in The Longest Day was Curt Jurgens playing General Blumentritt and who would later play Karl Stromberg in The Spy Who Loved Me. So in the one film you get James Bond and two of his enemies (ish). Good for a pub quiz question

IIRC, Frobe is riding a donkey down the street. A French Resistance member watches him go past and sarcastically remarks,

"There he goes; the Master Race!" :)
 

Goatman

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Good documentary on Beeb2 on Sir Sean in place of the usual nonsense. The man made a lot of great movies, ones that people were happy to watch.

Lot of commentators in that documentary rating two films that so far haven't had much profile in this thread:

' The Hill ' with Harry Andrews and Ian Hendry - The Hill (1965) - IMDb


' The Offence ' with Trevor Howard and Ian Bannen - The Offence (1973) - IMDb
 

sirfinthenet

Clanker
1957 film he played Jonny Kates in Hell drivers
 

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Yes. Whale Island was Excellent, RN Gunnery School.
I recall seeing a notice on the NAAFI wall banning persons of the same sex from dancing with each other.
Funny what you remember.

IIRC the original Excellent was a Nelsonian era ship of the line. and was the floating gunnery training ship. The name transferred to the shore establishment on Whale Island, which was artificial, formed from the dredgings of the harbour, much of the labour being provided by French PoWs.

I may be talking rowlocks, but the bit about the NAAFI notice is jonnick.
As a baby sailor at Raleigh, me and another Jock could not believe 2 or more blokes dancing with each other. I then transferred to RM so I could wear my LLB( those stilettos killed my feet)
He was blacked up-- an extra.
 
According to the rumours his mum lived round the corner from us, but that was never confirmed. I always loved "The man who would be king" as Sir Sean and Sir Michael just seemed to be having such a good time...

Regardless of the role he played the accent never changed but somehow you could just believe that was the way it was meant to be. Off to dig out a few movies and have a dram or two along the way.

There could be only one (highlander or ping, your choice), rest easy big Tam.
 
I heard a tale that he was on HMS Hood but illness had him hospitalised before she sailed to find the Bismarck. True or false?
"In 1946, at the age of 16, Connery enlisted in His Majesty’s Royal Navy. He received training at the naval gunnery school in Portsmouth and was assigned to an anti-aircraft artillery crew. His first and only ship assignment was the Illustrious-class aircraft carrier HMS Formidable. After three years of naval service, Connery was medically discharged due to a duodenal ulcer."
 
"In 1946, at the age of 16, Connery enlisted in His Majesty’s Royal Navy. He received training at the naval gunnery school in Portsmouth and was assigned to an anti-aircraft artillery crew. His first and only ship assignment was the Illustrious-class aircraft carrier HMS Formidable. After three years of naval service, Connery was medically discharged due to a duodenal ulcer."
Many thanks, that tale can go in the same bin where Jack Palance's face was c/o German flak over Berlin.
 

syrup

LE
Billy Connolly recalls of being at an awards ceremony and Connery is doing his acceptance speech when he suddenly spies the Big Yin in the audience , stops midstream and comes up wth :- "Ah Connolly, now there's a shite for shore eyesh "
Maybe embellished a bit but never the less , RIP Big Tam the Milkman.

Decent tribute here from BAFTA when he was still alive with Billy Connolly

 
IIRC, Frobe is riding a donkey down the street. A French Resistance member watches him go past and sarcastically remarks,

"There he goes; the Master Race!" :)
I’ve said before, he always reminds me of Grandad (German). I can tell you now he would have agreed with the sentiment. But then he wasn’t in France by then.
 

AlienFTM

MIA
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I heard a tale that he was on HMS Hood but illness had him hospitalised before she sailed to find the Bismarck. True or false?
That was Jon Pertwee. And it was a cover story. He was taken off to work in some sort of special work (military intelligence?) which, if I could be arsed, I'd look up.​

Edit. Intrigued by intervening posts read subsequently, Naval Intelligence. I think according to his obituary, appendicitis was Pertwee's personal cover story,
  1. to keep his classified work quiet, and
  2. because he felt bad that all his friends sailed into oblivion and he didn't.
 
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