After covering so many of Sean Connery’s suits for almost ten years, this blog has neglected one the 90-year-old legend’s most popular suits: his birthday suit! Here’s a review of Sean Connery’s naked body in honour of his 90th birthday.
Sean Connery is generally said to stand approximately 6 feet and 2 and a half inches tall. He has lived his life in good shape, and he started body building at age 18. He competed in the Mr. Universe contest in the 1950s.
He was still in near top form throughout his first four James Bond films, spanning from Dr. No to Thunderball. He started letting himself go in You Only Live Twice, and he had gone further in Diamonds Are Forever, but he always looked far better than the average man and never lost his virility.
At the age of 52 in Never Say Never Again, Sean Connery was once again looking in excellent form for his return to the role of James Bond. He recalls his healthy appearance in the film it remade, Thunderball.
Connery has sex appeal no matter the shape his body is in or his age. At the age of 59 he was voted People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive”, and in 1999 just before turning 69 he was voted People‘s “Sexiest Man of the Century”. His birthday suit is partially to thank for these honours.
The defining character of his birthday suit is the rare Scottish fur trimming his chest, and it is responsible for making Connery’s nude look so iconic. As he recites in You Only Live Twice, ‘Japanese proverb say, “Bird never make nest in bare tree”‘. The hair on his chest more than makes up for the lack of his own hair on top of his head.
His birthday suit is on display in a few James Bond films, but nothing compares to the way he wears it in Diamonds Are Forever in the hotel room with Jill St. John’s Tiffany Case. He has just removed his ivory dinner jacket, walks into the bedroom nude and hangs the dinner jacket, trousers, dress shirt and bow tie on a wall sconce. His black derby shoes are on a table — an unusual place for shoes that aren’t brand new.
You were so enamoured with Connery’s figure that you may not have noticed that he did not untie his bow tie when he removed it. This does not necessarily mean that he is wearing a pre-tied bow tie, which would be a sartorial sin for Bond. Turnbull & Asser, the likely maker of his bow tie, makes their bow ties with a clasp so they can be worn without tying them. The bows are still proper bows, unlike on most pre-tied bow ties, and they can be self-tied. Bond may or may not have tied this bow tie himself, but all we know is that he does not untie this one between wears.
Like Ursula Andress in Dr. No‘s decontamination scene, Connery was not fully nude when filming this scene either. For a split second, his low-rise, nude-coloured briefs are visible. For the quick moment they show on screen, they don’t distract.
Here’s to a very happy 90th birthday for Sir Sean Connery.