Sean Connery is best known as the first and arguably the greatest James Bond. Before he became known for the famous movie franchise, Connery joined the Royal Navy, but was later discharged for medical issues. Then at the age of 23, Connery had to choose between becoming a professional football player or actor, which he claims was the most intelligent moves of his career. In 1957, Connery landed his first major movie role in “No Road Back”, which started his successful movie career. After appearing in several TV movies, Connery found his breakthrough role as secret agent James Bond. At first, Connery was reluctant to commit to the series, but understood how great it would be for his career. Connery starred in the first five films, then appeared again as Bond in “Diamonds Are Forever” and “Never Say Never Again”, all of which were commercial successes. After the success of his Bond films, Connery continued to find roles, including “The Untouchables”, which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Now, Connery remains one of the best Bond actors in the history of the film franchise.
In the original Ian Fleming James Bond novels, 007 is a chain smoker who smokes up to 70 cigarettes a day, but Connery doesn’t smoke that frequently in his seven Bond films. At the time that he was shooting the films, he was a smoker himself, "I try not to drink too much because when I do drink I drink too much and too easily. I gave up smoking three years ago; a complete cut-off; when I smoked pot I found that I didn't like it because, although it turned me on all right, it was too much like smoking cigarettes.” Now, Connery likely doesn’t smoke although he likes the feeling of being high.