Sean Connery told to ditch accent in early career
- Bang Showbiz
- 21 May 2014
Scottish actor Sean Connery - best known for playing Bond - was initially told his accent was "distracting"
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.