Sir Sean Connery, the 'greatest living Scotsman' turns 80 today (25th August) and, while Sir Sean has a movie career spanning a whopping 56 years, it is his portrayal as James Bond 007 in seven Bond films that made his name.

Born in Edinburgh in 1930, Connery's early career choices included being a milkman, sailor, artist's model and coffin polisher until he discovered the joys of acting whilst working backstage at a theatre. After a few minor roles in films such as A Night to Remember and The Longest Day Connery hit the big time in the first 007 film, 1962's Dr. No.

His cocky, insouciant introduction ("The name's Bond... James Bond") and imposing frame made him the benchmark by which all subsequent Bonds have failed to measure up to. Can you imagine Connery wearing a girdle, as Roger Moore did? No.

Watch some classic Connery clips after the jump...
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