Unearthing the Bethonged Bond

Wow!  The Scotsman has a treat for us today.  For those of you out there who don’t read it, I can’t possibly pass up the opportunity to share this raunchy ne’er before displayed portrait of a be-thonged, pre-Bond Sean Connery, painted by Rab Webster in the 1950s.  During this period, Connery was a struggling actor who apparently posed to help pay the bills.  Webster, who died last month, was an art teacher at Selkirk High School, where Connery was an occasional life model for students.  If you don’t mind me saying so, that must have been one exciting high school!

It’s interesting to notice (to say the least) Connery’s fine musculature, and it’s striking from this that even by today’s personal-trainer-induced Daniel Craig-ish chunky standards, this Connery would evidently still breeze into the role of Bond.  I wonder how long it took Craig to work his body up to the standard set by Connery for the role.

The impressive physique is apparently due to Connery’s taking up body building as a hobby around the time when he was posing for this portrait.

Needless to say, Robert Fairbairn’s piece on the painting in today’s Scotsman is littered with hilarious Bond-themed double entendre.  Allow me to add my own honest contribution:

The Thong is not Enough!

(Please insert your own Bond/Thong response below)

6 Comments

  1. My Mum , who hailed from Joppa ,told me once she remembers him working as a Lifeguard in Portobello Baths.Perhaps all that swimming & such helped with his figure.

    Comment by tony — November 6, 2010 @ 7:25 pm
  2. Right:
    Swoonmaker (though that was Roger Moore – so probably doesn’t count)
    Doctor! No!

    It’s not working, is it? I’ll stop now.

    Comment by blackwatertown — November 7, 2010 @ 11:57 pm
  3. Yes, there are quite a few stories around of Sean working briefly as a milkman (I think), possibly a builder, and now a lifeguard too. Thanks for the intput Tony.

    Paul, I do like the second one! These are never classy tid bits to be proud of!

    Comment by comelybankingcrisis — November 8, 2010 @ 9:56 am
  4. The Man with the Golden Buns?

    Comment by Gareth — November 9, 2010 @ 12:23 am
  5. Nice Gareth!

    Comment by Killian — November 10, 2010 @ 9:43 am
  6. Gareth – inspired!

    Comment by blackwatertown — November 11, 2010 @ 11:40 pm

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