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

Casting as James Bond and Dr. No

Sean Connery in Dr. No (© Rex Features)
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As well as his marriage, 1962 gave Connery another reason to celebrate: he was cast in the role that made him famous - that of British secret agent James Bond in the first big screen adaptation of Ian Fleming's novels. Connery was plucked from obscurity by producer Harry Saltzman, after the likes of Cary Grant, James Mason and David Niven all turned down the role.

Bond creator Fleming initially considered Connery too "unrefined" to play the sophisticated spy, prompting the film's director Terence Young to teach the Scot how to walk, talk and eat like a 'gentleman'. Fleming was eventually won over by his leading man's performance, and for many Connery's is still the definitive portrayal of James Bond.