Sean Connery told to ditch accent in early career

Scottish actor Sean Connery - best known for playing Bond - was initially told his accent was "distracting"

Sean Connery

Sean Connery

Sean Connery was urged to ditch his accent at the beginning of his career.

The Scottish actor was told his accent was "off-putting" by producer

Alvin Rakoff who worked on 1950s' TV drama 'Requiem for a Heavyweight' where the Hollywood legend starred as Harlan McClintock.

He told The Sun newspaper: "I met Sean in his 20s. He had the looks but I couldn't see him as a star. We thought his accent was distracting – how wrong we were."

The 83-year-old star is best known for portraying James Bond and starred in seven films about the secret agent between 1962 and 1983. Following a string of successful hits he confirmed his retirement after receiving the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award on 8 June, 2006.

Since then he's taken on a few projects, mostly voice work.

In 2005 he recorded voiceovers for a new video game version of his Bond film 'From Russia with Love' and has lent his voice to the titular character in 2012's animation 'Sir Billi'.


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