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

Early acting work



Sean Connery in Darby O'Gill and the Little People (© Rex Features/Everett Collection)
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After picking up minor roles in various films and TV shows, Connery finally gained a lead when he was cast as Michael McBride in Walt Disney's Darby O'Gill and the Little People - a 1959 film about a wily Irishman engaged in a battle of wits with some mischievous leprechauns.

Two years later, he co-starred with Claire Bloom in a BBC television production of Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina.

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