When people talk about retirement, one imagines it happening after many years of service. Connery’s career is no exception. Playing action heroes almost to the very last film, he finally gave up the industry after the disastrous “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” flopped at the box office in 2003. Connery himself said he was retiring because he didn’t like the way Hollywood was running things (or ruining them, in his opinion.) It would have been nice for him to leave on a high note but perhaps it’s for the best that he be remembered for the one role he could never top, that of James Bond.
This prolific actor had a career that spanned half a century, and netted him two Oscars, one for Best Actor and one for Best Supporting Actor. Famous for such diverse roles as Popeye Doyle in “The French Connection” and Lex Luthor in the “Superman” films opposite Christopher Reeve, he finally decided in 2004 to get away from the cameras and set himself down behind a computer, writing bestselling historical fiction in every genre imaginable, from thrillers to mysteries to westerns. How long until one of these is made into a movie? If it is, he swears he’s not interested in being in it. His last film role was in 2004, and in 2008 he announced he had officially retired from acting.