Fri, 05 Oct 2012 14:00:00 GMT | By Francis Whittaker
Sean Connery: the first Bond in profile

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Connery had been a bodybuilder since the age of 18, and - armed only with a pair of swimming trunks and some body oils - placed third in the tall men's division of the 1953 Mr. Universe compeition. The event turned into a something of a crossroads for Connery. Another competitor, Johnny Isaacs, suggested that Connery should attend a casting for a stage production of South Pacific, and at that point his acting career was born.

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