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Behind the Mask

Christopher Bray

After dropping out of school at 15, Christopher Bray worked for eight years as a typesetter and designer, before resuming his studies in the University of Warwick's department of Film and Literature. He has since written on movies, books, music and paintings for the Daily Telegraph, the Sunday Times, the TLS, Literary Review, the New York Times, the New Statesman and The Word. The author of Michael Caine: A Class Act, a book the renowned film critic David Thomson described as “Excellent… Bray has thought hard about this man, and he has a fascinating story to tell”, he lives in south-east London. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sean Connery : The Measure of a Man

Faber & Faber Limited, 2010

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...Connery’s proposal of marriage didn’t come out of the blue. For one thing, though he and Cilento’s relationship had hardly been marked out by its exclusivity, it had by now gone on more than five years. For another, since early April...

No Time for Heroics

Christopher Bray

After dropping out of school at 15, Christopher Bray worked for eight years as a typesetter and designer, before resuming his studies in the University of Warwick's department of Film and Literature. He has since written on movies, books, music and paintings for the Daily Telegraph, the Sunday Times, the TLS, Literary Review, the New York Times, the New Statesman and The Word. The author of Michael Caine: A Class Act, a book the renowned film critic David Thomson described as “Excellent… Bray has thought hard about this man, and he has a fascinating story to tell”, he lives in south-east London. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sean Connery : The Measure of a Man

Faber & Faber Limited, 2010

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...Richard Lester wasn’t the only victim of the post-Cuba fallout. Even before the movie was released to its universal drubbing (only weeks after Meteor had finally been allowed to meet a similar fate), Connery took it upon himself to dispense...

Cast Adrift

Christopher Bray

After dropping out of school at 15, Christopher Bray worked for eight years as a typesetter and designer, before resuming his studies in the University of Warwick's department of Film and Literature. He has since written on movies, books, music and paintings for the Daily Telegraph, the Sunday Times, the TLS, Literary Review, the New York Times, the New Statesman and The Word. The author of Michael Caine: A Class Act, a book the renowned film critic David Thomson described as “Excellent… Bray has thought hard about this man, and he has a fascinating story to tell”, he lives in south-east London. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sean Connery : The Measure of a Man

Faber & Faber Limited, 2010

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...Whether it was the economic crisis of the period or the stabilising influence of his new marriage, Sean Connery’s actorly ambitions began to change as the seventies wore on. Micheline, who had barely known who her future husband was when...

Diane

Christopher Bray

After dropping out of school at 15, Christopher Bray worked for eight years as a typesetter and designer, before resuming his studies in the University of Warwick's department of Film and Literature. He has since written on movies, books, music and paintings for the Daily Telegraph, the Sunday Times, the TLS, Literary Review, the New York Times, the New Statesman and The Word. The author of Michael Caine: A Class Act, a book the renowned film critic David Thomson described as “Excellent… Bray has thought hard about this man, and he has a fascinating story to tell”, he lives in south-east London. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sean Connery : The Measure of a Man

Faber & Faber Limited, 2010

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...‘Ken,’ said Tom Stoppard at the memorial service for the theatre critic Kenneth Tynan, ‘was part of the luck we had.’ Diane Cilento was part of the luck Sean Connery had. She introduced the fledgling actor to new ideas, plays, writers...

Loose Ends

Christopher Bray

After dropping out of school at 15, Christopher Bray worked for eight years as a typesetter and designer, before resuming his studies in the University of Warwick's department of Film and Literature. He has since written on movies, books, music and paintings for the Daily Telegraph, the Sunday Times, the TLS, Literary Review, the New York Times, the New Statesman and The Word. The author of Michael Caine: A Class Act, a book the renowned film critic David Thomson described as “Excellent… Bray has thought hard about this man, and he has a fascinating story to tell”, he lives in south-east London. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sean Connery : The Measure of a Man

Faber & Faber Limited, 2010

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...Despite the Carry On-style antics of A Good Man in Africa, Connery has more than once claimed Ingmar Bergman as his favourite director. ‘I find I sit through his films absolutely unaware of time,’ he told one reporter.‘Mr Connery Explains...

Never Say Never Say Never Again Again

Christopher Bray

After dropping out of school at 15, Christopher Bray worked for eight years as a typesetter and designer, before resuming his studies in the University of Warwick's department of Film and Literature. He has since written on movies, books, music and paintings for the Daily Telegraph, the Sunday Times, the TLS, Literary Review, the New York Times, the New Statesman and The Word. The author of Michael Caine: A Class Act, a book the renowned film critic David Thomson described as “Excellent… Bray has thought hard about this man, and he has a fascinating story to tell”, he lives in south-east London. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sean Connery : The Measure of a Man

Faber & Faber Limited, 2010

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...None of the films Connery had made over the past few years had set the world on fire, and since he remained an intensely private man, a star bent on avoiding the PR circuit, his appearances in the newspapers were few and far between....

Bondage

Christopher Bray

After dropping out of school at 15, Christopher Bray worked for eight years as a typesetter and designer, before resuming his studies in the University of Warwick's department of Film and Literature. He has since written on movies, books, music and paintings for the Daily Telegraph, the Sunday Times, the TLS, Literary Review, the New York Times, the New Statesman and The Word. The author of Michael Caine: A Class Act, a book the renowned film critic David Thomson described as “Excellent… Bray has thought hard about this man, and he has a fascinating story to tell”, he lives in south-east London. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sean Connery : The Measure of a Man

Faber & Faber Limited, 2010

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...Take a look at the list of the names of prospective leading men Saltzman and Broccoli were conjuring with over the months it took them to put together Dr No (1962) and one thing is clear: these guys hadn’t a clue what they were about....

Intermission

Christopher Bray

After dropping out of school at 15, Christopher Bray worked for eight years as a typesetter and designer, before resuming his studies in the University of Warwick's department of Film and Literature. He has since written on movies, books, music and paintings for the Daily Telegraph, the Sunday Times, the TLS, Literary Review, the New York Times, the New Statesman and The Word. The author of Michael Caine: A Class Act, a book the renowned film critic David Thomson described as “Excellent… Bray has thought hard about this man, and he has a fascinating story to tell”, he lives in south-east London. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sean Connery : The Measure of a Man

Faber & Faber Limited, 2010

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...In the spring of 1967, Connery wrote to George Leslie, the Scottish National Party’s candidate in a by-election in Pollok, a southern constituency of Glasgow. ‘I am convinced,’ Connery declared in his note, ‘that with our resources...

Bergman in Bracknell

Christopher Bray

After dropping out of school at 15, Christopher Bray worked for eight years as a typesetter and designer, before resuming his studies in the University of Warwick's department of Film and Literature. He has since written on movies, books, music and paintings for the Daily Telegraph, the Sunday Times, the TLS, Literary Review, the New York Times, the New Statesman and The Word. The author of Michael Caine: A Class Act, a book the renowned film critic David Thomson described as “Excellent… Bray has thought hard about this man, and he has a fascinating story to tell”, he lives in south-east London. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sean Connery : The Measure of a Man

Faber & Faber Limited, 2010

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...The enormous amount of money Connery was paid for Diamonds Are Forever wasn’t his only recompense for having returned to the role that had made him. During the deal-making process, he had also strong-armed United Artists into backing two...

Treading the Boards

Christopher Bray

After dropping out of school at 15, Christopher Bray worked for eight years as a typesetter and designer, before resuming his studies in the University of Warwick's department of Film and Literature. He has since written on movies, books, music and paintings for the Daily Telegraph, the Sunday Times, the TLS, Literary Review, the New York Times, the New Statesman and The Word. The author of Michael Caine: A Class Act, a book the renowned film critic David Thomson described as “Excellent… Bray has thought hard about this man, and he has a fascinating story to tell”, he lives in south-east London. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sean Connery : The Measure of a Man

Faber & Faber Limited, 2010

Book chapter

...Legend has it that what happened next was a lot of not very much. Back in London, Connery took a basement room at 12 Shalcomb Street, off the King’s Road – not then the glitzy spot it would subsequently become – and cycled in to the West...