TELEVISION / Searching for life after Bondage

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Any idea what this is, 007? Yes sir, it's a profile of one of the greatest cinematic icons of the last 30 years, which has been contrived to look like an edition of This is Your Life. Instead of a full-length Bondage session, Sean Connery has chos en to celebrate 30 years in the film industry by concentrating on the last 10, with a profile not out of place in the pages of Hello! magazine. From Russia with Love hardly gets a look-in in Sean Connery: A Profile (3.35pm C4) as Pussy Galore makes way f or unadulterated back-patting from an assortment of family, friends and showbiz editors. The basic message here is that Sean Connery should not be confused with James Bond, but has in fact escaped the clutches of the British Secret Service to become one of Hollywood's elder statesmen. Surely some mistake? Unfortunately not, for as the camera switches between hometown applause in Edinburgh and domestic bliss in Spain, you almost forget that this is the same man who defeated some of the top criminal minds, seduced some of the most beautiful women and spoke some of the most memorable lines of the 20th century.

As the James Bond series sinks to a new low with the casting of Pierce Brosnan from Remington Steele in the role of the British Secret Service's elite, the time has surely come to celebrate, rather than forget, the original vintage.

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