Legend or not, Sean Connery was NOT what author Ian Fleming had in mind when he created the iconic super spy, James Bond.
As production of the first Bond film began in 1960, Fleming’s opinion of the bodybuilding Scotsman could hardly have been lower. Upon seeing Connery for the first time, Ian Fleming brushed off the burly actor with disgust. “I am looking for Commander Bond and not an over-grown stuntman.”
An intelligence officer during World War II, Fleming had a concrete image of Bond, and believed only one man had the looks and demeanor of the fictional super spy. It took the support of millions of fans AFTER Dr. No conquered the box office to convince him Connery could play the part.
But whom did Fleming believe was the one man with the looks and style of the coolest secret agent in movie history?
Hoosier singer, songwriter and actor Hoagy Carmichael.