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Sean Connery

Acting, stardom, and national identity

By Andrew Spicer

Sean Connery
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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-1911-7
  • Pages: 368
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £20.00
  • Published Date: June 2022
  • BIC Category: Media Studies, Film Studies, PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / Direction & Production, PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / History & Criticism, BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Entertainment & Performing Arts, The arts / Film: styles & genres, The arts / Films, cinema, Individual Actors & Performers

Description

This ground-breaking study provides an authoritative account of the career of one of cinema's most iconic stars. It highlights the importance of Connery's early work, especially his television appearances, as well as dissecting the 'Bond phenomenon' that propelled him to international stardom on an unprecedented scale for a British actor. Connery' s twenty-year struggle to escape 'Bondage' is discussed at length, including his reinvention as a father-mentor, which enabled him to enjoy a second period of superstardom from The Untouchables (1987) onwards and to 'age successfully'. The book situates Connery's performances within their economic and cultural contexts and analyses his complex embodiment of iconicity and national identity, notably his public activism campaigning for Scottish independence. Drawing on a wide range of archival and other sources, this innovative study will be essential reading for those interested in the strange phenomenon of stardom.

Contents

Introduction
1 Forging an actor, 1953-61
2 Being Bond, 1962-72
3 In Bondage, 1964-73
4 Freelance star, 1974-83
5 Ageing star, 1984-90
6 Star as producer: Fountainbridge Films, 1991-2003
7 Iconic star
8 Scots actor/activist/icon
Conclusion
Index

Author

Andrew Spicer is Professor of Cultural Production at the University of the West of England Bristol

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