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It’s another beautiful fall morning. I’m getting ready to do some work on my laptop and my husband just called out from the other room (his spot), “Sean Connery died.” Wow. That hit me differently than I would’ve expected.

I was a teenager when I went to see my first James Bond movie, Goldfinger. I had never seen anything like that before...the intense action, amazing scenery and music, and the most beautiful human I had ever laid eyes on. I’m sorry, but beautiful is the best description for Sean Connery...his big, dark eyes, slight smile, strong jawline, and that raised eyebrow. And when he spoke - what was that accent, or was it even an accent? But, more than that, he was the epitome of a woman’s man AND a man’s man. He was strong and powerful, yet gentle and in control of his emotions. He wasn’t afraid of anything, and his mastery and skill in being stealthy and using those space-age gadgets was nothing short of miraculous.

After seeing Goldfinger, I immediately went out and bought the soundtrack; I listened to it over and over and over. I couldn’t wait to see the next appearance of 007 - I saw them all as soon as it was possible to purchase tickets. Then, the unspeakable happened. Sean Connery was no longer going to star as James Bond? I was sad there would be no more James Bond movies. Someone else was going to be James Bond?! I tried my best not to prejudge this next 007 character. I know a lot of people will disagree with me and that is certainly fine. Roger Moore is just a little too perfect - not a single hair out of place, too much grinning. Tough enough to play this role of secret agent 007? I don’t think so. I still went to see them all, and haven’t missed one yet. I love the mystery, action, and they always have award-winning music. But, as my close friends and family can attest, I never stopped longing for the “real” James Bond. There have been others - strong enough, but not quite the right look; a great look, but not intimidating enough to frighten the likes of Jaws, the metal-mouthed assassin in The Spy Who Loved Me, and Moonraker.

If this year has taught me anything, it’s that you can’t count on things to remain the same. Probably the perfect year to say goodbye and thanks for the memories, “Bond, James Bond.” Perhaps we should commemorate this day with a nice, “shaken, not stirred” martini.

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I love this post. Yes, Sean Connery was amazing, but I must admit that I thought Roger Moore was pretty darn good as well. The others don't hold a candle!

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