Diamonds are forever: What Sean Connery can teach men about growing old 2
Sean Connery died October 31 at 90 in Bahamas. Photograph Stuart Crawford at Wikimedia Commons

Diamonds are forever: What Sean Connery can teach men about growing old

Did you know the guy was voted Sexiest Man Alive when he was almost in his 60s? 
ANCX Staff | Nov 02 2020

He defied our expectations of age for decades, this guy who became a star at the rather late age, at least by Hollywood standards, of 31. And to think the man had started losing his hair in his 20s. 

Sean Connery played his most iconic role, the secret agent James Bond, seven times, until he was 53, running and jumping and throwing punches in “Never Say Never Again” in 1983 as if he was a decade younger—those bodybuilding competitions in his late teens surely gave the Scot a great foundation. 

At 57, he was the toast of the movies when he finally won an Oscar, a Best Supporting Actor nod for his turn in “The Untouchables.” Remember that celebrated Annie Leibovitz portrait of him in a white robe in Vanity Fair? It was the image of a man in his prime. And as if that’s not enough, at 59, People Magazine named him 1989’s Sexiest Man Alive. 

He died at 90 in his sleep in the Bahamas, surrounded by people who loved him and people he loved. For many of his fans, he will forever be known as Bond. For many men who looked up to him, he is proof that age is indeed just a number. Here are some of our favorite Sean Connery quotes, most of it have to do with growing old, and the wisdom that comes with it. 


“Some age, others mature.”

“I've honestly not been too aware of my age until I went to the doctor for a full check-up. He said I had the heart of a young man - ‘but you're not young, you're 40.’”

“I suppose more than anything else, I'd like to be an old man with a good face. Like Hitchcock or Picasso. They've worked hard all their lives, but there's nothing weary about them. They never wasted a day with the sort of nonsense that clutters up a life. They know that life is not just a bloody popularity contest”—Saturday Evening Post, 1964

“I'm an actor—it's not brain surgery. If I do my job right, people won't ask for their money back.”

“I think the fact that one's hair disappeared early made it easier. I never had a ‘transition problem.’ I've always played older. I played Harrison Ford's father and Dustin Hoffman's father. And this year, I'm going to be 65. I'm hardly going to get into a weight program and do ‘Tarzan.’ I could have the best body sculpting in the world, but I'm never going to be James Bond again.”

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“Though my feet are tired, my heart is not.”—receiving the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2006

“I never trashed a hotel room or did drugs. I understand if you get caught in a fight, but to take it out on a room that implies some psychiatric disorder. The way I was brought up made me think about the person who has to clean up afterwards.”

“It is said that a total ban on handguns, including .22s, would take away innocent pleasure from thousands of people. Is that more or less pleasure than watching your child grow up?”

“Perhaps I'm not a good actor, but I would be even worse at doing anything else.”

“It would appear I'm an inspiration for older men. Do I think I'm sexy? I've been told I am. I know that I find certain people attractive and they find me attractive and are presumptuous enough to think that's sexy. I can't answer for all those fat guys out there in their sixties. Are they more virile? Well, it's years since I went to bed with a sixtyish balding man. Look, I'm dealing with maturity alright. I'm much more interested in keeping enthusiastic than anything else.”