How tall was Sean Connery

Sean Connery's Height

6ft 2 (188 cm)

Scottish actor, best remembered for playing James Bond in films like Goldfinger and Thunderball. He also had a host of memorable roles in movies like Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade, The Rock, The Untouchables, Marnie, The Offence, The Man Who Would be King, Highlander, The Hunt for Red October and Entrapment. The 007 actor was described as "Height 6 feet 2 inches" in a 1957 Spotlight Casting directory.

How tall is Sean Connery
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I had already done five weeks' work as an extra at the Empire, Edinburgh, in The Glorious Days, starring Anna Neagle.
I stood around on that stage for five weeks dressed as a Guards officer. I only got the job because they wanted someone tall - and I'm about six feet two inches.
-- For Bond lovers only, 1965

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Average Guess (228 Votes)
6ft 2.03in (188cm)
Sylvya Ford said on 30/Apr/21
he needs an upgrade he is 6ft 2.25
Tall In The Saddle said on 13/Apr/21
Yeah, Ali was very funny when he was younger, fresher and original. In later years he got into some heavy recycling of old jokes. I don’t how many different opponents managed to shake his kinfolk in Africa. LOL. His “Total eclipse of the Sonny” re Liston was a good line but his cornerman Drew Bundini had a hand in a few of those. .

When he fought Cooper the first time in Wembley he wore a crown into the ring and said “You’ve got a Queen, you need a King!”. Even little old ladies interviewed on the street pleaded to ‘Enry to knock the big mouth out. LOL. Ali talked the fight up after the fact saying even Cleopatra was there (Liz Taylor). He said her presence distracted him and that’s how he got caught by the left hook. Yes, very funny man back in the day.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 13/Apr/21
@Tall In The Saddle: stand up comedian though...definitely had potential.
Tall In The Saddle said on 9/Apr/21
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 8/Apr/21
Ali would be a dreadful offence.

LOL. I'm not going to disagree. He did do some acting. Let's just say, he was a great boxer. Made Jim Brown look like Olivier.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 8/Apr/21
Ali would be a dreadful offence.
Tall In The Saddle said on 7/Apr/21
The first shot of Connery and Poitier has too much off centre stuff going on to make any sort of comparison. Great photo though.

The second shot actually has them appear basically even. Anyway in the overall scheme of things from what I’ve seen Poitier would have the edge on Sean. Alongside young Ali, Poitier looked near on par but Muhammad might’ve held the slightest of edges.

Re Poitier, Ali said he would’ve gone into acting except for the fact that there was already a great looking black actor in Hollywood. LOL, at least one time Ali was not fixated on himself as being the prettiest! Could you imagine a young Ali in GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER?
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 1/Apr/21
Arch, I think Connery hung around 6ft2 right up to the 90's...but you could argue he was a weaker 6ft2 in those days compared to the 60's-70's where he looked more like a solid/strong 6ft2.

Heston, Poitier and Freeman were probably 6ft2½ guys so yeah they would've edged Connery

Here's a couple of photos of Sean and Sidney, one when they were both at peak, the other later on

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The first one's a bit awkward but overall Sidney appears to be the taller one...there aren't any photos of Sean with Morgan or Charlton
Canson said on 31/Mar/21
@Arch: I don’t think a strong 6’2 either but also not a strong 6’1. I’d say right at 6’2” peak height or maybe a hair under at worst. Same with Hackman
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 30/Mar/21
Strong 6ft1 in his 70's
Arch Stanton said on 29/Mar/21
I never thought Connery looked a strong 6'2 either. A guy like Sidney Poitier or Morgan Freeman or Charlton Heston is what you'd call a strong 6'2 looking guy. I do think 6'2 or slightly under is most likely.
viper said on 28/Mar/21
He looked a strong 6-1, not a strong 6-2
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 27/Mar/21
Rob, could Putter Smith get a page?

I'd put him at 6ft2...looked tall but I can't remember if he shared any real screen time with Connery where you can compare them....he's mainly a blues player who Guy Hamilton discovered by accident in a Beverly Hills club....obviously saw potential right away though...the dodgy skullet hairdo, moustache and glasses naturally made for a creepy Bond villain....the height helped aswell...he definitely had a good few inches on Bruce Glover a.k.a Mr. Wint (father of Julian Glover) who I reckon was 5ft9 range peak (listed 5ft10 in place, not as sure on that though), I'd consider giving him a page aswell....whenever I think of Diamonds Are Forever, the two of them holding hands in the desert are the first thing that come to mind and the haunting music as well...
Sonnecker said on 26/Mar/21
Sean Connery saved considerably his height from decrease, probably helped by a good genetic. For most of his life he looked a strong 6'2", considering his slouching posture in many roles. More 189 than 188. In his later years he still looked well over 6'1"...
Jug said on 23/Mar/21
@Ian C. -- Connery might be an Irish name. So he was Scots-Irish essentially. Not sure what you mean by Celts and Gaels, though. Celts, Gaels, Gauls, etc are all the same people (these are just variations of the same word). They settled in different islands but all originated in continental Europe (hence France was once known as Gaul--and Brittany is named after the Celtic Brits who would later populate the British Isles). Not sure if the Picts were Celts or not but the Anglo-Saxons are definitely a different ethnic group, having originated in Denmark. They settled in Britain in the Middle Ages. Anyways, I would still give Connery 6'1.5 (to Michael Caine's 6'2, having given The Man Who Would Be King another look).
Ian C. said on 18/Mar/21
Although Connery was a Scot, his parents (or at least his father) were Irish. (Celts and Gaels are probably pretty much alike anyway.) I have heard that Scots are either short tough guys or tall, burly caber-throwers. I have also heard that they eat the unhealthiest diet on Earth, although this opinion is food puritanism (which I reflexively deplore.)

While I'm on this kick, I've heard that the Germans are the toughest, and the Poles are the strongest and the French the most beautiful.

I am a Canadian, and we're the most prone to strange, whimsical opinions that can't be supported by real world research.
JamesFreakingBond said on 17/Mar/21
Ok so I know that Connery was a solid 6'2 in his prime. But is it just me, or did he look a little under the 6'2 mark at times in YOLT? Ik he probably lost a bit of height by DAF, but there were times in YOLT where Connery didn't strike me as a solid 6'2 compared to how I saw him in Dr no-Thunderball. Again, maybe it's just me.

Connery was also 37 at the time of YOLT, so it's very unlikely he lost any height. Maybe bad posture on his end or just a bad estimate on my end.
Sinclair said on 17/Mar/21
Rob, how tall would you say Putter Smith is?

In Diamonds Are Forever, Smith seemed a similar height range to Connery. I could believe 6’2” for both.
Editor Rob
close to Sean's height looks a good shout
Tall In The Saddle said on 14/Mar/21
Actually I think the actual problem is many people say Connery was taller than Caine but no one is producing any vision to uphold that opinion.

I myself linked a clip from the THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING. It’s the only fair evidence I’ve seen supporting Connery holding an edge over Caine. Otherwise it’s not so apparent and there are some pics which even suggest Caine holding the edge but the angles aren’t perfect.
Jtm said on 13/Mar/21
The problem is stiggles he was taller than Caine.
Steven Stinson said on 20/Feb/21
Rob how tall do you think Sean was before his death? 6ft2 Peak anyway
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 9/Feb/21
6ft1 peak is laughable...looked comfortably above that even 12-15 years ago
stefkat said on 28/Jan/21
Rob how much shorter is the man on the left ? Click Here
Editor Rob
Connery will have lost a bit of height by then, he could be 4 inches taller
stiggles said on 26/Jan/21
No more than 6ft 1 in his prime.. much the same as Michael Caine..
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 22/Jan/21
I think he held on to 6ft2 throughout The Untouchables, Presidio and Last Crusade years....heck even in The Rock he still looked it!
The5'11Dude said on 12/Jan/21
Solid 6'2 in his peak, I think he was the tallest of all the James Bond actors, with Dalton close behind. By the time of Indiana Jones, The Untouchables, and The Rock, I think Sean still pulled off 6'1 range.
Jac poitier said on 9/Jan/21
How tall is that for a Scotsman? What's the average height in his country? I'd say among the most famous Scottish actors (McGregor, Rob Carlyle, McAvoy, Cumming, all about 5'9 or under), he's by far the tallest one.
Editor Rob
The average height of Scottish men is still about 5ft 9.

There's a page of Scottish Actors on this site and the average is 5ft 10.
Tall In The Saddle said on 5/Jan/21

Another great pic and a strong case for about 6’2” for Connery after allowing for some height loss for Grant. One star on the other side of peak and the other heading toward his own mega stardom.
Hong said on 1/Jan/21
Click Here Here's Sean with 6ft1 listed Cary Grant
Rory said on 30/Dec/20
If you watch the film Anderson Tapes you'd see that Connery has at least 1.5 inches on Walken.
Tall In The Saddle said on 29/Dec/20

Reasonably, more than one photo is required to estimate. There's not many pics of Connery and Walken together and of what there is, they're not great for estimation. While Walken might appear to scratch up well next to Sean, as per multiple photos, Walken was shorter than Voight and Connery was taller than Voight. Sean def. was notably taller than 6 foot even but I do suspect that Walken stood a little better than 6 feet himself anyway.
pjk said on 20/Dec/20
Same height as christopher walken (6ft flat). Just searched photo of them together. that translates to 2" more on screen ( unless you tell the truth like christopher ).
6'2" is nonsense.
Tall In The Saddle said on 18/Dec/20
Recently caught Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade. Villain Julian Glover is listed as 6'2". In different scenes, Connery and Glover appeared to hold the same height advantage over Harrison Ford. Notably, in other scenes, Connery "collapsed" his posture somewhat giving the illusion that Ford was closer in height than he actually was.

Not many scenes with Glover and Connery actually together. In the final scene, it appears Glover is standing on slightly higher ground so he does appear taller. However, he walks around both Connery and Ford and when he does so, he actually then appears a touch shorter than Connery as he walks behind him. I've seen photos in which Connery appears clearly taller than Moore while in others there is less to choose between them. Any chance Roger wore lifts in his later years?
Jug said on 4/Dec/20
Unpopular opinion: I really don't think more than 6'1.5. Standing next to strong 6'2 actors (like Peter Boyle in Outland) he was slightly shorter. Donald Sutherland looked more than two inches taller in The Great Train Robbery. He looked the same height as Michael Caine (also probably less than 6'2) in The Man Who Would Be King. Looked slightly taller than Roger Moore (never more than 6'1) in photos of them together. Martin Landau looked the same height or slightly taller in Meteor, as did Karl Malden.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 2/Dec/20
Somewhere in that 188-188.5cm area when young is still my verdict. That Mr. Universe measurement of almost 6ft2½ sounds like a legit barefoot (Earlier in the day though probably). I can believe big Sean in his 30’s could have hit 6ft3 first thing.

Through 80’s-90’s still generally looked 6ft2 but more likely was on the weaker side of it, could look more 187cm.

Still looked 6ft1-2 range 15 years ago I’d have said...did better than most of his contemporaries who have shipped 3in+
Editor Rob
After 16 years I found a direct quote from Connery.

In 1965 he said he was "about six feet two inches".

"about" can cover below...or even above sometimes.
Lenad 5ft9.75in said on 1/Dec/20
I think a weak 188cm or even strong 188cm is a good guess for a young connery.
Tall In The Saddle said on 20/Nov/20

Yeah, I would agree at least 6'1.5". Over many comparisons averaged out, I've pegged Sean at 6'1.75" max. for a while but I have to admit there are some comparisons in their own right which can suggest a solid 6'2" (as per my prev. post).

It always comes down to the actual heights of the people whose height is being compared. Say Gene Hackman. While Sean might've edged Hackman in reality I also don't think Gene was a full 6'2" himself. I haven't seen the movie OUTLAND but some observers suggest that Peter Boyle slightly edged Sean out and Boyle is listed 6'2 1/4" on this site, which seems a nice fit between them but possibly the absolute height listings are incorrect if Sean himself wasn't the full 6'2". Personally, my vibe for Boyle was 6'2" at absolute max. and I personally haven't seen enough visual evidence to say if he was or wasn't taller than Connery. Anyway, just one person's opinion.
Vincent Caleb said on 20/Nov/20
@Arch Stanton:
He was incredible in the untouchables. Very deserving of his Oscar.
Lenad 5ft9.75in said on 20/Nov/20
Its been said the James Bond tailors had him at 6'1 1/2 barefoot. And he was consistently described as 6'2 and he looked pretty tall. Maybe he got measured at 6'1 1/2 with a bit of bad posture, but I would say he was at least the 6'1 1/2 that was claimed.
Arch Stanton said on 16/Nov/20
I didn't say he wasn't a good actor Ian.... He wanted to avoid being typecast, that was his main reason for branching out...
Tall In The Saddle said on 16/Nov/20
Because Jon Voight was in the news recently, for all the wrong reasons I might add, a cross section of possible comparisons came to mind. Connery to Trump. Connery to Voight. Trump to Voight. And, as luck would have it in terms of available images, Voight to Hackman.

I've tried to select a sample photo for each comparison or category that I think indicates the general difference seen over a range of available photos but's best if one views all the available photos themselves to make their own judgment.

Connery to Trump

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Connery to Voight

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Trump to Voight

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And finally, Voight to Hackman

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Of course the photos aren't all in the same time frame but, at least IMHO, Connery's height holds solidly throughout, with Sean as the clear leader of the pack. All things considered, good evidence of a very solid 6'2" peak.
Ian C. said on 10/Nov/20
Connery was an accomplished actor Arch. Name me a move where he turned in an indifferent performance. He's got a few nonBonds where he was playing real characters: The Anderson Tapes, The Wind and the Lion, The Hill, Robin and Marian. There are probably others. He did care about money-that's why he became a tax exile from the U.K., but you didn't catch him loafing through movies on the strength of his persona, like John Wayne or Clint Eastwood. (Although Eastwood had become a very good director, it must be said.)

If Connery had a personal weakness you might argue that it was women. His wives had to bear a lot of infidelity, it is said. But you didn't catch him getting drunk in public, or eating himself into obesity like Gerard Depardieu or Marlon Brando or Oliver Reed. All in all a well-disciplined, serious man.
Tall In The Saddle said on 10/Nov/20
I think Connery was reasonably invested in the artsy side of acting. BOND was making him oodles of money and he could've sat on that for longer than he did.

Sean wanted to break out and branch out, expressly seeking release to make other, more meaningful films, with the view to ultimately leaving 007 behind. Of course Sean was NEVER going to make any movie for free, notwithstanding the level of job satisfaction. He squeezed as much dime as possible out of every role, as was his right. Dual purposed, so to speak.

Of course, they're currently playing BOND reruns. It's actually funny to see the original 007 using assorted villainesses to shield himself from bullets, etc. and then discarding them like rag dolls, particularly with the juxtaposed image of Mike Myers exaggerating same in his Austin Powers movies.
Arch Stanton said on 10/Nov/20
Ian C. said on 7/Nov/20
One of the more interesting things about Connery is that, for most of his youth, he was poor. Before he was cast as Bond he had had a few supporting roles in movies, for which he was paid very little. He was married for the first time when he was 32, because he couldn't support a wife until he was much older than the average age of marriage for British men of his generation.

He ended up so wealthy that he could give away millions of dollars. Show business is terribly cruel because it leaves people who fail within it underpaid and forgotten. Then it makes stars of some people, and makes them wealthy beyond anyone's real needs.

Impression I got was that acting for Connery was more about the money and living a good life in luxury given his background. From what I've read I don't think he was overjoyed with the filmmaking process, and wasn't interested in the glamour of Hollywood. I would say Michael Caine was more an actor who took acting very seriously and treated it more like an art.
J2Frenzy said on 8/Nov/20
RIP Sean
Slim 6'1" said on 7/Nov/20
Rip James Bond
Ian C. said on 7/Nov/20
One of the more interesting things about Connery is that, for most of his youth, he was poor. Before he was cast as Bond he had had a few supporting roles in movies, for which he was paid very little. He was married for the first time when he was 32, because he couldn't support a wife until he was much older than the average age of marriage for British men of his generation.

He ended up so wealthy that he could give away millions of dollars. Show business is terribly cruel because it leaves people who fail within it underpaid and forgotten. Then it makes stars of some people, and makes them wealthy beyond anyone's real needs.
Tall In The Saddle said on 5/Nov/20
Let’s not forget Sean’s brief but memorable turn in THE TIME BANDITS or his role in DARBY O’GILL AND THE LITTLE PEOPLE. Worthy to note, his costar in the latter film, Janet Munro, was pretty hot IMO.
Ian C. said on 4/Nov/20
So, on hearing of Connery's death, I got out the DVD collection and reviewed a few favourites. (The Wind and the Lion is the best, I think.) He seemed to take acting very seriously, and probably considered James Bond a real role, and not just a silly movie character. He played it straight, unlike Roger Moore, who just showed up, said his lines and looked pretty.

What was the deal with his accent? You're Scottish, Rob. Have you ever heard anyone speak with Connery's accent? My guess is that that accent was a failed attempt at BBC-style upper class English.
Editor Rob
yeah there will be some areas of Edinburgh with a bit similar, though I think Connery probably changed it a little from his younger years.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 4/Nov/20
I thought he was great in 'Marnie'.

I'm casting my mind back 15 years to how much I laughed at his drunken antics and how much they pi$$ed his neighbours off! I read about it in my Dad's Daily Express and LMAO.

Sean - you will be missed.
Tall Sam said on 3/Nov/20
I'd add that it didn't hurt his macho reputation one bit despite it being pretty well known early on that he was a bald guy often in a hair piece.
GTB172cm said on 3/Nov/20
A strong 6’2 at his peak, died at strong 5’11.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 2/Nov/20
We will never see his kind again. I saw photos of him about a year ago and feared the end wasn't too far, he just looked so frail and not in great health...but onscreen he is immortal and I am so jealous of those who are yet to discover this great man's work from 007 to Marnie, The Offence, The Man Who Would Be King, Hunt For Red October...even Zardoz! He was a powerhouse in every sense of the word. Arch said it best, he oozed masculinity out of every Celtic pore. Guys wanted to be him and women wanted to be with him...Connery, Hackman, Caine, Newman, Harris, O'Toole even Roger Moore to a one has come close to doing it the way they did it...legends
Canson said on 2/Nov/20
@Tall in the Saddle: I’m curious too. It’s very sad that a lot of celebs have passed this year. Not many from Covid, of course but the Virus has caused other issues as the hospitals are flooded and can’t otherwise house those with natural causes. 90 is impressive though
Arch Stanton said on 2/Nov/20
RIP indeed. He's one I've been very aware of that could die though for a long time! One of the most iconic and most admired men of the 20th century. Every teenage boy wanted to be him or a guy who would get that sort of attention from women! The way Shirley Eaton looked at him in Goldfinger!! Dictionary definition of macho/masculinity. I could imagine at times he was rude and difficult, brutally honest, but a very solid guy. I'm sure Rob and Scotland are very proud of him.
Editor Rob
Sean was the most famous Scottish actor and he will be missed by many.
Hulk.23 said on 1/Nov/20
RIP Sean :(((
Chris Junior Hernandez 1990 said on 1/Nov/20
R.I.P Sean Connery the legend and the Best James Bond ever.
Tall In The Saddle said on 1/Nov/20
PS - I should note that I believe the proceeds from all the lawsuits were donated to charity. Sean also donated his 1 million up front fee for DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER 1971 (ball park equivalent, 6.5 million today) to a Scottish education fund. Atop that, he also negotiated a weekly salary of $10,000 plus financing for the next two films of his choice. Sean knew only too well the value of his hard earned money and brand but was still clearly a well considered philanthropist and charitable man.
Tall In The Saddle said on 31/Oct/20
I'll admit, I am one to look up cause of death, even given such an advanced age. Natural curiosity. The family has not released same and, of course, there is no reason or obligation to ever do so. You only have to ask yourself would you publicize same if in the same position?

His son Jason said that Sean had not been well for some time. One would hope that his final years were still of reasonable quality and it certainly seems he was surrounded by a loving and caring family. He came a very long way from very humble beginnings. A sentiment expressed in one of his BIOs always made me laugh, a childhood friend said that they were all as happy as pigs in sh*t UNTIL they were informed that they were impoverished. LOL.

Also, I've read that he never lost any of the lawsuits he launched against movie producers when he felt he was being short changed or ill treated. A true Scot.
Tall Sam said on 31/Oct/20
RIP Sir Sean. Think my favorite of his films that are lesser known or seen are The Hill and The Man Who Would Be King, besides his legendary turns in the Bond films, Untouchables and Indiana Jones.

He was always roguishly charismatic and likable despite being arrogant and rough (including with the ladies), on and off screen. The ultimate manly badass, basically.
Eric W Tam said on 31/Oct/20
Rest in power legend! Stood a mighty 6'2 for most of his life. Say, Rob, a peak height vs current height option was long overdue for Connery, don't you think? Xd.
Vincent Caleb said on 31/Oct/20
Rip. Great actor, even greater man.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 31/Oct/20
I'm gutted. Such a fabulous actor and the best Bond ever. 😢

RIP Sean XXX 🕯️
(25/8/1930 - 31/8/2020)
VitoCheng said on 31/Oct/20
Time may take away such a great man, but I believe he will live better when he arrives in heaven. I wish to go all the way,

As a 6-foot-2 man, I believe his integrity is true forever
Rip for the most classic legend James Bond
Sean Connery
Sulu2020 said on 31/Oct/20
Hey Rob, when a celebrity passes away, it won't show their final height and their peak height together. These two height listings shown together on this site will only apply to older celebrities still living today.
Editor Rob
Connery had been retired for a good few years so always just had his peak listing. When someone passes, it just goes back to the peak.
Canson said on 31/Oct/20
Sad news this morning. Rest In Peace
grizz said on 31/Oct/20
R.I.P. legend!
Regarding his height, only one of the few who lost just a bit of his prime height.
Classic 6'2
Johnny 181-182 cm said on 31/Oct/20
RIP. He was my favorite Bond. I had a man crush on him when I was a teenager. Amazing actor.
QM6'1QM said on 31/Oct/20
RIP, Mister Bond.
Heaven Bless You.

187 cm range as peak.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 31/Oct/20

Can't believe it. RIP lad#

1930-2020, 188.6cm
James B 172c, said on 31/Oct/20
RIP Sean

Best bond ever
Ricky Spanish said on 31/Oct/20
RIP. One of the most talented actors I have ever seen. Solid 6ft 2
Tall In The Saddle said on 24/Oct/20
No recent photos to judge Connery against known height. In general, in his own right and among people, he looks to be doing a lot better than Eastwood and most likely not under 6 feet. Last solid comparison I remember was next to Andy Murray who is supposed to be about 6'2". Sean appeared to be dropping up to 1". That was back in 2012 when Sean was a sprite 82 yo.
Tall In The Saddle said on 23/Oct/20
There haven't been any good photos in years to estimate Connery's height though it's assumed he's lost some more since we last saw him next to someone of reasonably known height. I can only recall the Andy Murray photos and Sean might've been dropping up to 1" to Murray who was about 6'2". Those photos were in 2012 when Sean was 82 yo. Stand alone and next to people of unknown exact height, Sean looks to be holding up well in stature, not below 6 feet. IMO, on the other hand, even in stand alone photos and those next to the general public, Clint Eastwood's height loss is still very obvious.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 22/Oct/20
Hard to say really. No decent photos to gauge his current height. I wouldn't say less than 6ft though. He was still looking over 6ft1 12-15 years ago
Willes190 said on 20/Oct/20
He has shrunk incredibly little given that he’s 90 years old. I don’t think he’s below 6ft.
Mimi said on 19/Oct/20
Rob if you were to give him a current height, do you think he's 6ft now or a bit below that?
Editor Rob
He's like close to 6ft flat nowadays. I think he held up quite well into his early 70' the last photos seen, he does look more frail, but near 90 doesn't have major kyphosis.
Tall In The Saddle said on 16/Oct/20
@6'3" Julian

I understood where you were coming from. Thus LOL. I moved with it lightheartedly. I thought Sean's "get up" from ZARDOZ fit the wrestling theme perfectly.
6'3 Julian said on 13/Oct/20
@Tall In The Saddle I was doing wrestling style commentary
Tall In The Saddle said on 5/Oct/20
@6'3" Julian
LOL. Craig knew he was a beaten man as soon as Connery entered the arena in full ZARDOZ costume.
6'3 Julian said on 2/Oct/20
Tall In The Saddle said on 30/Sep/20
Connery has the well corroborated incident, involving gangster Johnny Stompanato, to back his reputation as a guy not to be messed with in real life. As Lana Turner's BF, a jealous Stompanato stormed onto set brandishing a gun in co star Sean's general direction. Big Tam promptly twisted the mobster's wrist forcing him to drop the weapon. Sans ultimate kill, that's some real life 007 stuff right there, neither shaken or stirred.

The round robin concept of Bond v Bond is cool. PPV through the roof. For expediency, perhaps a Battle "Royale" could also suffice. I would throw in a special wild card entrant, Robert Mitchum, just for the hell of it.
Phil Semple said on 22/Sep/20
Connery is very tall, even in his 80s. I saw pictures of him when he was 86 years old and he towered over almost everyone in the room. I honestly think he's 6'2 even now
Ian C. said on 17/Sep/20
Oops. I just looked it up and Robert Shaw was English. I thought he was Irish because he played an Irishman at least four times (From Russia With Love, The Luck of Ginger Coffey, Jaws and The Sting) and he was a big, beefy guy who drank a lot. Uh, not that the Irish drink a lot.
Ian C. said on 17/Sep/20
The fight on the Orient Express in From Russia With Love between Bond and Donovan Grant is still one of the most violent fights in movie history. In the book, Grant is so overpowering that Bond doesn't try to fight him. He plays dead and then suddenly stabs Grant, who then bleeds to death. In the movie, Robert Shaw, who plays Grant, is introduced wearing a towel, and we are supposed to be impressed with his physique. Unfortunately we also see Connery wearing a towel later in the movie, and Connery is taller and stronger than Shaw. (Who walks with a limp.) So, if you think about it, you might say, it wasn't fair that that big Scot beat up on that smaller, slightly crippled Irishman. But it's a really mean fight though.
Tall Sam said on 14/Sep/20
Yeah, Connery and Craig can be so brutal, almost thuggish at times that I'm almost rooting for Bond to be bested in some of their films. Connery is always going to be the best and most quintessential Bond there was.
Animus said on 12/Sep/20
@Ian C

Very interesting, I think you might be right. I certainly have an impression of Mr Connery as an exceptionally tough man, vastly tougher than the other Bonds. I'm not sure why, though. He certainly manages to convey a certain savage machismo (combined with a sharp mind) in many of his roles, which I mean in the best sense possible. It's an exceedingly rare quality to see in men today; today, you probably only find this combination of brute toughness and intelligence within the special forces. I just saw him in "The Untouchables" and even though he is about 57 years old in that movie, he retains a certain pugilistic, no-nonsense attitude along with great elegance, dignity and intellect. Quite an impressive man, I see no contemporary actors who can really match him on all dimensions.
Ian C. said on 12/Sep/20
Connery's defining moment as a physically imposing man happens in From Russia With Love, when Bond approaches Tatiana for the first time, wearing only a towel around his waist. He looks like a champion tennis player-extraordinarily lithe, graceful, muscular and strong. And six foot two. (I think he might have been 34 at that time.) None of the other Bonds had that particular collection of gifts, although Daniel Craig might have come close.

I take your point, Tall Sam, that Moore was a strong man, but whatever physical gifts he had were negated by his affected, rather prissy personality. It's as if the producers of the Bond movies had decided that James Bond's single defining trait was good looks, and forgot all the other ones, such as that he was a violent thug with a license to commit murder.
Tall Sam said on 11/Sep/20
I was surprised to read the account of Roger Moore's shocking strength from Lee Marvin because he always struck me as the least imposing Bond. However, I've read that Marvin, despite being a tough war veteran, was kind of physically feeble and unreliable when he made The Professionals due to his alcoholism. I do think Connery would've been hard to beat by the other Bonds.
Ian C. said on 9/Sep/20
Here's an interesting thought experiment: Assemble all the actors who played James Bond, endow them (in a magical machine) with the physiques and physical capacities they had in their early thirties, and have them fight it out in a round robin tournament of hand-to-hand combat with no rules. Connery would win going away. He was the biggest and brawniest and meanest of all the Bonds. Craig is similarly strong, athletic and tough, but smaller than Connery. Brosnan, Lazenby and Dalton were all rather ordinary men. Moore, despite good size and strength, seemed to have no capacity for violence at all, and likely went his whole life without ever getting into so much a shoving match.
Ian C. said on 8/Sep/20
There was a researcher named William Sheldon, who coined the terms ectomorph, mesomorph and endomorph. Sheldon developed a three digit system for describing people's body types, and Connery's body type would have been a 254. (Never mind how that is determined, as it doesn't really matter.) Sheldon picked that body type (out of a menu of 88 possible types) as the one he considered the most advantageous overall. (Extreme mesomorphs, who are the kind of men who play professional baseball and football, are prone to heart disease and various kinds of cancer in their sixties.) So Connery living so long and in such good health may be a function of extraordinarily lucky genes.
Newman said on 30/Aug/20
I can see the debate about Connery's height rages on to this day.

I came across the link below which I think some of you may find interesting regarding this topic:
Click Here

The guy on the left used to work for Darlington Council about 13-14 years ago when I worked there [he may still do]. I didn't know the fella but used to see him in a local gym in the town centre.
One of my colleagues who I trained with mentioned he worked in one of our departments but was also a "Sean Connery lookalike" which made both of us s a bit.

Saw this photo yesterday of him with the man himself which I'm guessing must be 10+ years old. As I say, I didn't know the fella to talk to but have stood next to him in the gym or walked past him plenty of times. I would say he is [was] between 5'11 and a half to 6ft tall. I remember he was a well built chap too; into the weights and all that. Connery looks at least 1.5-2 inches taller in the photo and broader too. I guess the real Mister Bond was the full 6ft 2 in his prime and a broad shouldered fella to boot. Certainly bigger than I thought he was.
Tall In The Saddle said on 29/Aug/20
Yes, the big 90 for Big Tam. Unless I am missing someone, that rounds out the big 3, following fellow nonagenarians Eastwood and Hackman.

His wife is the "older" woman at 91. I love how they refer to some celebrities of similarly advanced ages as "reclusive" if they're not necessarily presenting to the paparazzi anymore. Suffice to say, Sean was never thrilled with them at any time of his life. LOL. At around 90, "reclusive" is often par for the course, not least due to age related incapacitation. Of course, Clint Eastwood is obviously an exception to the rule.

This link includes pics of Sean apparently taken recently, his first time in "public" for 3 years. Looks pretty good for 90, imo. Click Here
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 25/Aug/20
Hit the 9️⃣0️⃣ today
Sinclair said on 25/Aug/20
Rob, who would you say was tallest and shortest out of Connery, Michael Caine and Gene Hackman, in the 1960s?

Happy 90th Birthday to Sean Connery (my favourite James Bond). After having watched The First Great Train Robbery, I got the impression Connery was more 6’1.5” than 6’2” by that time because Donald Sutherland looked a full two inches taller than Connery and I think Sutherland was 6’3.5” at his peak. However, in The Untouchables, Connery still has one inch on 6’1” listed Kevin Costner. Perhaps Costner was never a full 6’1”.

I still firmly stand by the full 6’2” for Connery, from his youth up until the 1970s. Diamonds Are Forever was Connery’s first film where I noticed he could have started to lose some height as I thought Jimmy Dean had more than one inch on Connery (although, Connery’s posture was rather relaxed in that film).
VitoCheng said on 13/Aug/20
If Arnold’s body can be as strong as Connery, it's really 😉 188🆚188
But when Arnold meets Connery, will an embarrassing scene happen, do you think? Rob
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 6/Aug/20
In Never Say Never he could look more 187cm. In the 80’s-90’s you could argue he was starting to dip under 6ft2.
Sinclair said on 4/Aug/20
I agree with the full 6'2" listing for Connery. I am aware of the 6'1.5" measurement coming from the Bond tailors, but my opinion is that when Connery was measured that time, he was either not standing at his fullest potential or the measurement was taken in the evening when he may have been closer to 6'1.5". I believe Connery would have cleared at least a flat 6'2" sometime during the day, when he was in his 20s and 30s. I also think Connery was a tad taller than Michael Caine in The Man Who Would Be King.
Hulk.23 said on 31/Jul/20
Perfect example of a 6’2/188cm actor and even of a great actor.
Tall In The Saddle said on 29/Jul/20
I don't doubt you but could you point me to that Mr Universe 6'2 3/8" listing? Very interesting.
A contest rating physical attributes surely wouldn't allow self reporting nor measurement in footwear. Not trying to fit it to my estimate (6'1.5" to 6'1.75"), but I might've guessed about 6'2 3/8" for Connery in shoes, not bare feet.
If the bottom limit for the TALL class was a barefoot 5'11.75" and strictly upheld, then I would say that Sean appears to be standing a very solid 6'2" as compared to the shortest contestants in the barefoot line up.
Arch Stanton said on 29/Jul/20
What I hadn't noticed before is how smitten Connery was with Kim Basinger. Seriously smitten! The massage scene he was clearly in his element!! Who can blame him, in the 80s and 90s Kim was one of the most beautiful women in the world!
Arch Stanton said on 29/Jul/20
I was watching Never Say Never Again last night and I thought Connery looked closer to 6'1.5 with Rowan Atkinson, he was about 53 at the time. Barbara Carrera also didn't look 6 inches shorter barefoot with him. In some scenes with Klaus Maria though he did look a full 6'2. Could look a decent 6'2 in his prime but I can also see a smidge under 6'2 being possible.
Rory said on 25/Jul/20
Nobodies ever properly verified that 6ft1.5 measurement/description so I'm a bit sceptical of it. To me peak Connery looked like a textbook 6ft2 guy.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 25/Jul/20
6ft2⅜ listing from Mr Universe seems more reliable to me...
Tall In The Saddle said on 16/Jul/20

Yeah, maybe that's where I read or heard that. 6'1.5" from Bond Tailors. I guess aside from medical records, Tailors can represent a somewhat reliable source for a celebrity's true height.

It would be interesting to see the stats recorded for Sean for the 1953 NABBA Amateur Mr. Universe contest. Apparently Sean competed in the so called Tall class, contestants being 5'11.75" and above.

I could only find these stats which unfortunately did not include Sean's all important height - nearly 23 years of age, weighing 200 pounds and with chest 48”, thigh 25”, and arms 15 1/4". Must be more out there one would think.
Mister lennon said on 16/Jul/20
He was totally 6'2 peak. 188-189. He looked it and he was it.
Maybe flat 6'2, but true 6'2.
viper said on 13/Jul/20
Bond Tailors had him at 6-1.5

I believe it. He never was 6-2
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 12/Jul/20
80’s-90’s Connery you could argue was a little shy of 6ft2
Tall Sam said on 10/Jul/20
I don't think I've seen Connery listed as 6'1.5" but I think 6'1.75" range would be believable for him.
viper said on 10/Jul/20
A 186-187cm guy

Not 6-2
Tall In The Saddle said on 8/Jul/20
All in all, I still can't confidently say that Connery was a solid 6'2". More like 6'1.5" to 6'1.75".

Could be wrong but I seem to recall Connery being listed as 6'1.5" in early bios. I keep reading that Sean was clearly taller than Caine but no one is supplying any vision or stills in support of that observation. Most often I see Connery as equal to Caine at best and sometimes a touch shorter.

Some time back I linked a scene from THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING which was the only decent evidence I could find of Connery solidly appearing a bit taller than Caine. Not much in terms of quantity but pretty solid evidence in its own right with both standing strictly to attention. Click Here. It's just strange that there isn't much out there otherwise indicating the same advantage over Caine. Perhaps Connery simply didn't stand as well as Caine did most of the time.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 22/Jun/20
Untouchables, Hunt For Red October and The Rock is all the proof you need that Connery maintained 6ft2 into his 60’s
Jam Cherry said on 18/Jun/20
Strong 188 cm at 6’2”
Chinybobs said on 18/Jun/20
Legit 6-2. Unlike many famous people claim.
Charles Crawford said on 9/Jun/20
Very legit 6’2 and held up very well into his 50s and 60s. In the Untouchables with Costner there is a scene where they are shoulder to shoulder and Sean is clearly looking about an inch taller. Connery was about age 56-57 at this point. Anything below 6’2 for a young Sean Connery does not seem logical.
Tall In The Saddle said on 6/Jun/20
Agree Arch. Connery was a bit before my time but I've saw the films later. Without specific scrutiny, I used to perceive Connery to be of average height and actually thought Roger Moore looked taller in his own right! LOL. Connery wasn't just tall but was a big boned guy overall. Note that he has big hands relative to most people, even those of comparable height. Even more so when he made a fist, as he did from time to time, particularly evidenced when he held same up to Dustin Hoffman's face in THE FAMILY BUSINESS.
Bart said on 5/Jun/20
Has Connery appeared in public in the last 10 years? Wonder if he has lost any inches with age.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 3/Jun/20
Yeah Arch I think all the Bonds could give average height impressions due to that. Moore, Brosnan and Dalton were also up against some very big men.
Arch Stanton said on 29/May/20
I mean when you look back and see his films you can see he clearled looked tall range but in the Bond films I honestly didn't notice it when I was younger. Unlike guys like Hasslehoff and Selleck who always looked very noticeably tall on screen.
Arch Stanton said on 29/May/20
Actually I was surprised when I found out Connery was 6'2. Might have been that huge bodyguard in You Only Live Twice which affected my perception but I had actually thought of him as an average height guy when I was younger! I was surprised when I first read 6'4 for Clint too.
Alan mctavish said on 27/May/20
Sean looked at least 6'2", 6'3" even in the bond films! He looked a big guy. He looked the tallest bond easy! But now a would say hes 6'. 6'1" at a stretch! A didnt know daniel craig was only 5'10". But you can tell in the bond films they make him look much taller as if hes 6ft at least! But a great actor despite not makeing the big 6 footer!!!!
Alan mctavish said on 27/May/20
Sean looked at least 6'2", 6'3" even in the bond films! He looked a big guy. He looked the tallest bond easy! But now a would say hes 6'. 6'1" at a stretch! A didnt know daniel craig was only 5'10". But you can tell in the bond films they make him look much taller as if hes 6ft at least! But a great actor despite not makeing the big 6 footer!!!!
HeightRealist said on 17/May/20
Rob, Connery himself said in a Letterman shoe that he was 6'1.5. Tall guy, but never looked 6'2. 186cm peak, 183cm nowadays if he can stand straight. He is old now.
Editor Rob
If it can be found, it would be interesting. Definitely as a young actor he was happy to have himself listed in the Spotlight directory at 6ft 2.
BSaint said on 9/May/20
I agree willies190, I’ve been rewatching... he was definitely not the tallest bond (probably Dalton on appearance although they’re all similar range apart from Craig) not a full 188 barefoot either, he’s a couple of inches less than James Dean, and in thunderball compared with Celi and Auger struggles to look much over 6 which admittedly is strange. String 6’1 for sure, but not full 6’2 without shoes I’d have said.
Tall Sam said on 6/May/20
I would say near taller men like Donald Sutherland and Alan Napier, Connery could look a fairly weak 6'2", sometimes almost seeming 6'1.5" range, but I have no impression Connery minded being next to taller folks. I agree that Hackman at peak maybe have been a small smidge higher, though theres only a few comparables from A Bridge Too Far. Michael Caine is right on even with Connery at peak but before Hackman retired Caine did look to maintain more height with age than Hackman.
Willes190 said on 6/May/20
No need to make it uncivil Rampage, I respect you as a contributor on this site. However photos like these and his general stature leads be to believe that he’s not a solid 6’2.

Next to 182-183 cm Joseph Wiseman (who has an inch’s footwear advantage) Click Here

With 6’0 Ian Fleming Click Here

5’10 Adolfo Celi and Connery Click Here
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 4/May/20
Willes190, your opinions change like the weather...
Willes190 said on 29/Apr/20
i also believe Hackman would edge out Connery by 0.5cm

Connery: 187.5-188cm

Hackman: 188cm
Willes190 said on 29/Apr/20
I’ve changed my opinion regarding Connery’s height after rewatching his bond films, I just can’t see 6’2.25 peak anymore. A 188.5-189cm HW Bush would have at least a cm on Connery in their prime.
Canson said on 18/Apr/20
It’s odd that in Heist, Hackman could almost still give off a 6’2” impression. That was in 2000-2001 when taped but it’s very likely that Delroy Lindo was also never the full 6’4”. Likely that he was a peak 6’3.5 range guy
Tall In The Saddle said on 16/Apr/20
@Tall Sam - interesting comments re Hackman and his decreasing height. When Eastwood was obviously losing height, as was apparent comparing his loss of height relative to the same people (viz Morgan Freeman) over several years, he never seemed to lose his advantage in photos with Hackman, AS IF Gene was shrinking in equal proportion. Anyway, nothing available in years to estimate Gene's current standing. As Eastwood currently stands, it's difficult to envisage current Gene being topped by Clint as he once was - but anything is possible. It would be quite a dramatic photo if one was to see contemporary Hackman now standing a bit taller than contemporary Eastwood.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 15/Apr/20
Peak, I think Connery was the stronger 6ft2 than Hackman
Tall Sam said on 12/Apr/20
For Connery and Hackman, before retiring I think Hackman looked like he was heading for the six foot mark as he was noticeably under Ray Romano in his last film (also could seem nearly 3 inches under Danny Glover in Royal Tanenbaums, now Glover himself has lost height too). Connery seemed to maintain maybe a little more height around the turn of the century. Who know really nowadays, but I'd bet Connery was somewhat the more height conscious in general of the two.
Spencer said on 11/Apr/20
Same height as Trump at peak. 188 maybe 6'2.25"
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 10/Apr/20
Couldn’t tell you Canson. Both are long gone from the limelight. They’re the same age aswell
Canson said on 6/Apr/20
@Rampage: at this stage in their lives in 2020 who would you say is taller between he and Hackman?
VitoCheng said on 21/Mar/20
When young or getting out of bed: 6ft 2 .25
Current: 6ft 2
When I saw this list, I would like to see Connery take a photo with Arnold one day, and see if Arnold's peak is comparable to Connery.
Tall In The Saddle said on 4/Mar/20
In terms of height held, yes, I think Connery has done well but I still haven't seen pics of him out and about for while.
There is a question mark on his health, but of course he is near 90 as you said. All the way back to 2013 Michael Caine firmly denied reports claiming that he said that Sean had Alzheimer's. I checked and life expectancy for this disease is between 3 and 11 years, though some surviving up to 20 years. Depends on the degree of progress/impairment and age at diagnosis. Avg. age for diagnosis is 65 yo. However, say you were diagnosed at 75 yo, you're closing in on average life expectancy anyway. Sean has been appearing in public less and less since around 2013 which can still be normal for someone getting up in years like Sean. Last pics I saw of him outside there appeared a hint of vacancy in his eyes. I also read that he was having difficulty understanding the plots in the last several movies he made. Again, this can all go with normal aging and perhaps signalled Sean it was time to retire.
I understand you have Sean at a strong 6'2" peak. I guess him a bit less, 6'1.5" to 6'1.75" range. I certainly see comparisons that suggest 6'2" but others that suggest not quite there, so for me it's just a case of averaging it out. Also, I don't dismiss Sean's posture, which IMO was less than ideal and not as well maintained as say, Michael Caine's.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 27/Feb/20
Connery has done exceptionally well for a guy closing in on 90.
Tall In The Saddle said on 26/Feb/20
@Rampage: Sure, if Sean is looking closer to 6ft now I would guess he could still squeeze out another 1" for a measurement. Generally, we all don't stand to attention as if ready to be measured. Our natural postures usually hold a bit extra in reserve if we expressly straighten. This is probably the case more so in older people whose postures are that much more declined. At least IMO, Clint Eastwood is a good example. Over a series of photos at the same event, Clint can appear shorter, taller and then shorter again which I think is due to his randomly standing to his full potential then slouching again. Just my take on it.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 24/Feb/20
@Tall In The Saddle: Today Sean is looking closer to 6ft but the question is could he squeeze out more if measured?
Tall In The Saddle said on 22/Feb/20
It seems it's been a while since Sean was last seen in public. The last photos I saw he wasn't with anyone of known status or known height, just his carer and some other guys, some of whom appeared to be big dudes.
He still looked reasonably tall within himself, well proportioned but notably somewhat thinner with natural age related muscular atrophy. Certainly not displaying the same relative height loss as Eastwood.
Any photos with anyone else of note since Andy Roddick back in 2012? Even back then, as compared to Roddick, Sean appeared 6ft or not much over that mark but was also not standing perfectly straight.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 11/Feb/20
Can look barely 6ft now when standing but I think could still stretch up to near 6ft1 if measured
RichardSpain said on 8/Jan/20
A Strong 188cm when he was young

187 in last crusade
185 nowadays
RichardSpain said on 8/Jan/20
A Strong 188cm when he was young

187 in last crusade
185 nowadays
Ian C. said on 20/Dec/19
The reason, Tall, that Connery's Bond was so good is that Connery, for all his good looks, looked cruel and violent. Consider for examplethat fight between Connery and Robert Shaw in From Russia With Love. That's about the meanest fight you'll ever see in the movies. Roger Moore admitted to being a pacifist and, in his Bond movies, violence is shown as playful roughhousing in which nobody ever really gets hurt. Killing and beating people up is all just a lark, which always struck me as grotesque in its immorality.

Daniel Craig returned Bond to the sense that violence is a terrible thing. Craig won me over as James Bond about five minutes into Casino Royale, when he kills the double agent in a sordid, brutal brawl in a public washroom and then, for a second there, seems to regret the killing. Also, Craig's Bond eschews the breezy little quips that are completely absent from any of Fleming's books, and which were juvenile and smirking even when Connery made them.

The Bond books are widely derided today because of their unabashed sexism, racism and snobbery, but the character in the book seems like a real human being, and moreover somebody you could actually like and admire. James Bond as Fleming wrote him can feel fear and remorse, and does not sleep with women and heartlessly discard them, as he does in the movies. In several of the books, Bond does not sleep with the Bond girl at all. He is also a heavy smoker and very nearly a habitual drunkard. He is a man and not a cartoon character, although his age seems to be a constant 36, regardless of the year.

Oddly, there are no children in any of the books or movies. Bond has no interest in parenthood, nor do any of the characters he ever runs into. And of course, he never worries about birth control, as why would you if you live in a strange land with no inhabitants under the age of twenty-one?
Tall In The Saddle said on 19/Dec/19
Another thing to consider re the Bond character. A clinical assessment of his literary personality traits might identify him as Path. Psycho-Path. High functioning. Never shaken or stirred.
If that was the intention for the character then I would say Sean nailed it and far better than any other Bond.
Also I guess Bond gave birth to the classic one liners of the action hero. I’m not good at verbatim quotes but remember a scene in which one of Bonds conquests laments that her mouth is too big. Bond allays her concerns and replies that it is just the right size for him.
Double Oh Behave! Classic. Puts a different connotation on the numerical significance of 007. Suffice to say Bonds fellow agent 003.5 didn’t get any where near the action that James did.
Tall In The Saddle said on 19/Dec/19
@Ian C

Just an aside, when in primary school I was offered by a school mate to swap a toy for what we called a wiggle/flicker ring or technically known as a lenticular ring. Just a plastic ring that displayed two different images when tilted one way or another. Well, the first image was 007 and when I tilted the ring the image of Sean Connery appeared. I exclaimed "who's the old guy? That's not James Bond." and I promptly called of the swap. LOL. What an idiot. Wish I had that ring now. Found something like it online Click Here
Tall In The Saddle said on 19/Dec/19
@Ian C

My first recollection of being cognizant of the Bond character was when I was in primary school and Roger Moore had assumed the mantle. Not that I knew then that he had assumed any mantle, he was just Bond. I assumed he played the role as intended. Very upper class and at least in that regard I found Moore believable.

I only saw that Connery had played the role well after the fact. Just me perhaps, but Sean came across that much less refined, his working class roots evident. Don't get me wrong, he still played it very cool, intelligent and highly capable.

I read Connery's bio years back. As you said, Connery left school very early, at age 13 in fact. The interesting thing was that he had a tremendous thirst for knowledge and strong desire to improve himself. As such, he set himself the task of devouring "must" read literature. He basically educated himself from the point at which he left school and continued to do so throughout his career.

Perhaps being privy to Sean's actual beginnings prejudices my view but in his playing of Bond, I can see an intelligent, self educated guy, well aware of the upper class ways and finer things in life feigning to have come through the upper class channels and having the panache to float it among the less critical but also displaying unconcealable evidence of a man hewn through no nonsense working class ways and definitive action. Basically, Sean combined the best of both worlds in approximating himself to be upper class but being even more believable as someone possessing sufficient intelligence, looks, physique and athleticism to carry out the achievements afforded to Bond. A combination of upper class style and working class substance that Moore did not bring to the table.

As to a lot of actors playing themselves, I agree. Even if their portrayals are still within the realms of their own true character, there is still scope to "act" in so far their putting themselves wholly into the context of the story and replicating how they would act and feel if they were actually in the situation.

Then there are other actors who put in absolute chameleon performances even if one off. It's pure acting at it's best all the way down the line. They are completing acting outside themselves and totally believable in doing so. One example I can give is Billy Bob Thornton's role in Sling Blade. Acting? He was Karl Childers full stop. That's how good Thornton was.
Ian C. said on 17/Dec/19
I think, Tall, that most major movie stars essentially play themselves. I'll bet Clark Gable, John Wayne, Gary Cooper and Cary Grant were all very much like the characters they played in movies. Marlon Brando, who often gets picked as the greatest actor in movie history, actually did have a personality (brutish, hypersexual and narcissistic) that was very close to that of Stanley Kowalski in Streetcar Named Desire, which is why that role is his only really powerful piece of acting. When he tried to be a versatile character actor (most notably in Mutiny on the Bounty) he often failed.

Also my own guess is that 90 percent of any actor's talent in the first years of his stardom is down to his or her physical appeal. Beauty is practically a requirement for women, but not necessarily for men. The only male star I can think of who had no gifts other than physical beauty (which, to be fair, is the right word) is Arnold Schwarzenegger. He really did look magnificent when he was young but his real life personality dominated all the parts he played. Since he is a friendly, good-natured and happy man, he was always miscast as the brutal, violent men he played in the movies. If he had had a personality like Charles Bronson, who in real life was an angry misanthrope, he would have been perfect in all his movies.

Connery is an interesting case of an actor who really was successful playing a character with a personality different from his own. For one thing he left school at a very young age, so he had to compensate for a heavy personal handicap in playing the upper class, public- schooled James Bond. His physicality, like Schwarzenegger's was so dominant that it got him through the door, but once through it he actually learned to occupy the room it opened into it. Unlike Schwarzenegger.
Tall In The Saddle said on 16/Dec/19
@Ian C

I agree that Connery made Bond the success that it was. IMO the key was that Sean turned the role more into himself rather than strictly fitting himself into the book described character. In short, Connery didn’t so much become Bond as much as he made Bond become Connery. How can any other actor beat Connery in a role in which he played a large measure of himself?
Hoagy Carmichael? When I first read that I thought well, Author Fleming bore a fair resemblance to Hoagy. Perhaps an indirect way for the author to indulge and describe Bond as looking like himself.
Maybe that’s also why Fleming wasn’t too thrilled with Sean initially perhaps feeling his self described character was well and truly exceeded by Sean at least in physical terms.
I also read that Connery coincidentally bore a strong resemblance to the original character drawn for the comic strip which was first released in 1958 some 4 years before Sean first played the role.
Ian C. said on 7/Dec/19
I read all the Bond books when I was a teenager, Tall, and by the time I had read my first I had seen Connery in the movies as Bond. So of course I can't imagine Bond looking like somebody else. (And especially not Roger Moore.) Connery was not just any tall, handsome Brit, in the same way that John Wayne was not just any large, tough American. Connery was the last word in good looks and suave cool, and has never been topped. Daniel Craig, who is a better actor than Connery, is emotionally spot on as Bond. He's tough, athletic, upper class cool and intelligent. But he's handicapped by his looks. He has sandy hair, and a blunt, overmuscled body. And he's too short.

The Bond of the books is described as looking like Hoagy Carmichael. Google up pictures of Carmichael and that guy is not even close to Connery in looks and virility. Ian Fleming underestimated how Bond should have looked, and Connery set him straight. Connery made Bond the phenomenon that the character eventually became.

The second most fortunate casting in movie history is Boris Karloff as Frankenstein's monster. It is nearly ninety years since the movie Frankenstein came out, and everybody today understands that the monster looks like Karloff. And of course, ninety five percent of Karloff's performance in that part is down to his perfect monster face. Good casting is overwhelmingly based on the physical characteristics of the actors cast.
Tall In The Saddle said on 4/Dec/19
Well it comes down to semantics but I would view "greatest" in terms of ability vs "most popular" which speaks for itself.
For example, having worked with both, Kevin Costner said he viewed Connery as the bigger star (popular) but Hackman as the greater actor (ability).
A lot of people haven't read the books from which described characters are sourced - so they are none the wiser as to what the character is supposed to look like physically while others who have read the book often mould the character subjectively in their own minds eye.
I don't know that it is that important for the actor to be exactly as described - only that he/she has physical attributes to reconcile to their exploits and also at least in the case of Bond their attractiveness to the opposite sex.
I've said before that IMHO Connery doesn't so much act as does simply playing himself.
A tall, strong, good looking Alpha type will fundamentally work for a lot of roles and it worked for Connery in the Bond role even though Sean didn't exactly uphold the refinements of the book described Bond.
Likely already known by all but interesting to note that Ian Fleming was not thrilled with the choice of Connery before eventually warming to it. His first choice was Richard Todd who IMHO was an excellent actor who might've floated the belief in the potentials of the character physically but who was well below the designated Bond height of 6 feet.
Asa said on 3/Dec/19
Strong 6'2" in peak. Could certainly be 189 out of bed, 188ish during the day. Today probably around a weak 6'1"
Ian C. said on 30/Nov/19
Actually, Arch, "greatest" movie star and "most popular" are reasonable synonyms. Movies are industrial products designed to turn a profit, and Wayne and Presley could always be counted on to make movies profitable by the simple act of starring in them. Wayne could still sell tickets when he was a sick, old man.

Personally I like exactly two John Wayne movies (Rio Bravo and El Dorado), and I'm willing to concede that some of Wayne's movies with John Ford are very good. I wouldn't watch an Elvis movie sober, unless you paid me four dollars a minute, But you really can't argue with Presley's appeal, strange as it seems to me.

Of course, my estimates of who are the greatest movie stars are closely tied to my age. I was a teenager in the sixties, when my enjoyment of movies was most intense, so the stars I pick as the greatest were also the ones who were most popular at that time. There are probably people who love Tom Cruise and Dwayne Johnson, but they are quite a bit younger than I am. Ask people from earlier generations, and they would pick Gary Cooper or Marilyn Monroe. Arguably the most popular movie star in the history of movies was Rudolph Valentino, whose death caused female fans to collapse in hysterics.
Arch Stanton said on 28/Nov/19
Ian C. said on 16/Oct/19

Who is the greatest movie star of all time? It's a tie: John Wayne and Elvis Presley. Both men made numerous movies that would have flopped if other actors had been cast in the parts they played in them.

Meaning "most popular" rather than "greatest". I agree, a large number of Wayne's films weren't anything special but his presence made them what they are. Nearly all of Elvis's films were crap but he had a huge presence. Always enjoyed Viva Las Vegas in particular. Sinatra and Dean Martin too, the original Ocean's 11 is a disappointing film, but they make it what it is. Jimmy Stewart and Cary Grant were in a class of their own though in making virtually every film they ever starred in good. I think there's only one film of Stewart's which I didn't like!

Saw Goldfinger a few weeks back, Connery looked about an inch taller than Gert Frobe, though you could argue 184 for him.
Ian C. said on 25/Nov/19
A recent example of a would-be franchise that didn't take off because of bad casting is the Jack Reacher series. The Reacher books are best-sellers, but the two movies made from Reacher novels were duds because Tom Cruise, who bears no physical resemblance to the Reacher of the books, was cast in the lead. Much of the appeal of the Reacher character is that he is a physical giant, so Cruise was wrong right out of the box, and can never be made to fit the character in the books. A short Jack Reacher is as jarring as a six foot tall Frodo. Height really does matter in casting. (Why was Gary Oldman hired to play Dracula, anyway? Dracula must be tall.)

Connery as Bond was physically perfect- in fact Connery was bigger, stronger and handsomer than the Bond of the books. In the first movie, Dr. No, Connery's working class origins were fairly obvious- he was a truck driver in an expensive suit, trying to pass himself off as a toff. It wasn't until the third installment, Goldfinger, that Connery finally acquired the right upper class vibe, possibly because his newfound wealth allowed him access to real upper crust Englishmen, which he then successfully imitated. But it was his physical appearance that got him there.
Tall In The Saddle said on 18/Oct/19
Discussion re Connery being THE ultimate Bond brings to mind the woulda shoulda coulda lament of certain actors who passed on roles that later became iconic - as if the role/story in their own right would automatically guarantee success.
For instance Selleck knocking back Indiana Jones - well actually he didn't, CBS prevented him from doing the movie . At any rate, certainly once an actor assumes a role and it is successful it is hard to objectively divorce them from that role and imagine someone else playing the character with equal or greater success - even IF someone may well have done so. The important thing for me is that role descriptions are not set in stone - they are open to the actor's interpretation and in some cases, suggested add on traits/nuances/modifications.
Point being, the success of the Indiana Jones franchise wasn't just based on the essence of the character and supporting story- IMO it was also anchored in Harrison Ford the actor, his own physical presence and how he chose to play the character. I like Selleck but I can't imagine him bringing the same qualities and success to the role - and I think Ford's body of work and adaption to roles otherwise backs that opinion.
I like Connery too - but I see more Connery the actual man than Connery the actor in most of his roles and if you like Connery the man then you will likely accept him in the role - even if he's playing a Russian Submarine commander with a Scottish accent - lol.
Also hard to go past Caine and Connery in the Man Who Would Be King - BUT Huston's original picks were Gable and Bogie - but Bodie died - then it was Gable and Caine but then Gable died.
I can definitely imagine Bogie and Gable owning/interpreting the characters in their own iconic way and making a similarly great movie.
Ian C. said on 16/Oct/19
Oh. Thanks Sandy. Connery deserves more credit than anyone, other than Ian Fleming, for the Bond craze. One of the original choices for the actor to play Bond was David Niven, which would have been absurd, and would have sunk the franchise with the first movie. Roger Moore was a terrible choice to play Bond but, by the time he took over the role, the series had become so well established that even Moore couldn't wreck it, and that was thanks to Sean Connery.

Casting is probably the most important step in making a successful movie, beating out even the script. Now and then you get a movie that succeeds in spite of indifferent casting (Star Wars, for example), but usually when a movie hits it is because of the appeal of at least one major star in it. This is why movie stars are paid so much.

Who is the greatest movie star of all time? It's a tie: John Wayne and Elvis Presley. Both men made numerous movies that would have flopped if other actors had been cast in the parts they played in them.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 15/Oct/19
@ Ian C - I couldn't agree more with the casting of Sean Connery as James Bond. I'm not exactly a Bond fanatic, but if I have to see one, I try to plump for one with the six two Sean playing the plum part!

He was brilliant in Marnie too, a film I first saw at the tender age of nine. My friend, Rosemary, who lived three doors away, saw it too, and we were both really rather freaked out!

Here's hoping this finds you well and happy,

All the best! 🥂

Sandy XXX 😁👍
Ian C. said on 13/Oct/19
Connery as Bond was the luckiest casting in the history of the movies, even if it wasn't until Goldfinger that he got that casually superior British upper class attitude right.

And the perfect height. Suppose Christopher Lee had been cast as Bond. Too tall, although perfectly dark, handsome, aristocratic and cruel.
Original said on 12/Oct/19
6'2" peak.
Importer said on 22/Sep/19
An edit on my comment June 8th. Proportions has nothing to do with height. What I meant to say was that a 6’2” with Connery’s proportions is perfection. Ofcourse my opinion.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 18/Sep/19
Berta, I think he’d still clear 6ft now if measured. I honestly think him and Costner would be close...
berta said on 3/Sep/19
Rob could he reallly at worst be only 183 today? I dont see that. Really think he only kost 3,5 cm going from 188 ish to 184,5. Still looks tall. 183 doesnt really look tall.
Editor Rob
I would expect he could by now be near 183, though he's not being seen as often.
Canson said on 23/Aug/19
I’m not sure he was a strong 6’2”. A solid 6’2” is very possible tho
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 15/Aug/19
Importer, I stand by Connery being a strong 6ft2 at peak but by the 80’s-90’s at worst maybe more a weak 6ft2...but you’re right hardly noticeable. He’s done far better than other guys that age
Importer said on 10/Aug/19
Sean Connery’s last appearance on TV was about 20years ago so I don’t think a peak/current height is necessary tbh. @Rampage(-_-_-)Clover I always considered Kevin Costner to be more a legit 6’1” than to downgrade Connery in that movie, 1/4 inch is the most he might have lost in the 20th century, I’d guess 1/8 loss because it wasn’t noticeable at all.
Importer said on 10/Aug/19
Sean Connery’s last appearance on TV was about 20years ago so I don’t think a peak/current height is necessary tbh.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 30/Jul/19
Berta I think Connery was maybe a little bit down from his peak by The Untouchables/Last Crusade/Hunt For Red October years. Could look more like a weak 6ft2. You could still say Costner looked 186cm with him though. And like you said Ford was already losing a small bit
berta said on 23/Jul/19
he did only look 2 cm taller than costner back at an age where he didnt have lost any height. but i see costner as close to 186 peak. 188 cm peak is good listing. even today he still looks around 184-185 cm. He did look around 4 cm taller and Harrison ford also, but ford could have been down to 183,5 after injury already then and that would make connery 187,5. I thought he was 189 when i was younger but i dont think he was more than at best 188,5 and never under 187,5
Rory said on 17/Jul/19
6ft2 1/8th peak
6ft0.5 today
jeffy-france said on 4/Jul/19
Editor Rob: Today could be anywhere in 6ft to 6ft 0.75 range I feel.

maybe he can brush the weak 185cm standing straight? actually he doesn't seems to have lost much also today...
jeffy-france said on 2/Jul/19
Rob is plausible 6'2/188cm peak and 6'.75/185cm today?
Editor Rob
Today could be anywhere in 6ft to 6ft 0.75 range I feel.
Tall In The Saddle said on 17/Jun/19
Connery shexiest man alive?

In response to the accolade Sean replied "Well there aren't many shexy dead men, are there?"

What a Shmart Ass! - cue Connery's oversized fist heading in my general direction

Shix One and Three Quarters (keep the change - and Sean would) for Big Tam
Importer said on 12/Jun/19
Something you want to share?
cmillzz said on 10/Jun/19
Importer said on 8/Jun/19
The perfect tall height for a man, proportionally more appealing than a flat 6'1 than a flat 6'3" respectively in that order imo.

190-190.5cm in the morning w/o footwear
188-188.5cm in the evening w/o footwear

Sean Connery certainly was a flat-classic 6'2" guy.
Johan 185 cm said on 17/May/19
Rory said on 19/Mar/19
Connery at 6ft2 1/8th and Caine at 6ft1.75 could be perfect.


Agreed, he was taller than Caine not by much but still noticeable.
grizz said on 16/May/19
Gotta agree with Tall In The Saddle, his estimate seems reasonable and well explained.

Neelasish Send Roy said on 10/Mar/19
Did Sean Connery was sexiest person in the world? Although he weighs 190lbs.So what is his peak height,Rob?
LOL, you're making it seem like 190 lbs is a lot. He's a man, not a woman! An almost 6'2 tall former bodybuilder, so 190 lbs doesn't look all too shabby on someone like him.
James Brett 172cm said on 14/May/19
Rob in Diamonds are Forever for the entire film he really did stand with hunched posture didn’t he?
Editor Rob
I can't recall if he did!
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 2/May/19
I know we gotta ease up on the eighths but we could alternatively give Caine 6ft1⅞(187.6cm) and Connery 6ft2⅛(188.3cm)
ND.IV said on 28/Mar/19
Totally agree with Tall In The Saddle : The most reasonable height might be 187 cms comparing to other actors such as Charles Gray (186 cms), Julian Glover (188 cms) or Donald Sutherland.
Benjamin Fritz said on 19/Mar/19
Wow the average guess jumped from 6'2.13" (isch) to 6'2.02" within a few days...
Rory said on 19/Mar/19
Connery at 6ft2 1/8th and Caine at 6ft1.75 could be perfect.
Tall In The Saddle said on 16/Mar/19
Well, IMHO there's no way Connery was a full inch taller than Caine - otherwise I would like to see evidence for same. Connery was arguably taller, yes, but only .5" max IMHO -

IMO, if you have Sean at 6'2" you've got to at least have Caine at 6'1.5" if not a smidge taller than that. The crazy part is that more often than not Connery could appear only equal to Caine and for the rest of the time he could in fact appear a shade shorter - not to be over apologetic but likely put down to Sean's less perfect posture - Caine on the other hand almost always stood to his full potential.

I'm giving Sean solid advantage based on some pretty clear cut vision in the TMWWB King - good evidence for Connery IMO - Click Here - walk in walk out long shots shows Sean to be taller, up close Caine might appear virtually equal but the angle sloping from right to left and Michael closer to camera is to Caine's advantage - I think reasonable estimators can see that.

Connery more often than not matches up well with others who claim 6'2" - (Hackman, Alda etc.) and he also appears appropriately 1" taller or shorter than celebs who were apparently about 1 " either side of that height (eg Costner, Eastwood etc.) - so on average comparison I would give 6'2" - but there are exceptions - Connery appearing a touch shorter than other 6'2" listed guys like Harry Andrews (The Hill) and older Desmond Llewelyn (Bond) and also appearing close to equal to 6'1.5" Kieron Moore (Darby O'Gill) to name a few of the exceptions. There are also the claims of Sean's stuntman - 6'1" and tailor 6'1.5" to be factored and not dismissed out of hand.

Also, there were guys like Sutherland and Anthony Costello (The Molly Maguires) both 6'3.5" a piece who looked a bit more than just 1.5" taller than Sean. Anyway...…..

All in all I would estimate Connery and Caine to likely be in the 6'1.5" - 6'1.75" range - could be wrong but I just have the general feel that Sean wasn't quite 6'2" but so close to that height that one couldn't argue with any strong conviction against it - calibrating height accurately to within .25" based on mere vision and potentially incorrect comparison heights is simply beyond human capability- I mean the 6'2" guys I nominated to appear taller than Connery (Andrews and Llewelyn) could have in all possibility have been a touch taller (say .25") than 6'2" themselves.
Mister lennon said on 14/Mar/19
He was a true 6'2 guy at peak. Minimum 188.
6'1.25 is way too low for him.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 14/Mar/19
Neelasish, C is the shortest I’d argue...I still think he could have been B and A earlier in the day. E-F zone belongs to Michael Caine
Canson said on 13/Mar/19
@Bobby: I think he was closer to 6’2” if not right on the money.
Neelasish Send Roy said on 13/Mar/19
What was his height in James Bond movies,Rob?
Although James Bond tailor measured him 6'1.5"(187cm) at peak in 1962.
Editor Rob
I'd stick with A range, but when he came back for that Never Say Never film, I'd have said C-B range.
Neelasish Send Roy said on 10/Mar/19
Did Sean Connery was sexiest person in the world? Although he weighs 190lbs.So what is his peak height,Rob?
Editor Rob
I can see his appeal to women...and he was a guy who wouldn't put up with nonsense from you.

Still feel an honest C for him.
Pierre said on 10/Feb/19
Click Here here next to Johnny Depp and another pic when younger.
Jug said on 28/Jan/19
I believe Sir Sean was 6'1.5 in his prime, judging by everything I have seen him in. Standing next to 6'1-ish actors he always appeared slightly taller, so he could never have been less than 6'1. At most he was just slightly under the claimed 6'2.
Zsaint said on 18/Jan/19
He’s always at 6’1 or 2. At the end of the day Bob Simmons who was his stunt double stated Sean’s height was 6’1... i think we can safely say that this is a little more concrete than saying he « looked 6’3 or 6’3.5 » at times, yes he was tall and quite broad but it sounds like you are all sitting a bit too close to your screens.
Canson said on 9/Jan/19
I agree with Rampage that he was at his peak a decent maybe a good 6’3” in shoes. More I see of him he was probably a solid 6’2 peak
Canson said on 3/Jan/19
@Michael 5’10: he’s got competition though If they decide to go with Idris Elba although I don’t think it’s much difference between them. Connery I believe is 6’2” but Idris is probably within about a CM of him. I also heard somewhere that they had considered Seal!!!!
Michael 5'10", 178 cm said on 31/Dec/18
Sean always looked like the tallest Bond in the movies, I thought he could've been 6'3", but this is a good listing. He was no shorter than 188cm at his peak. Definitely a 6'2" guy in his youth and looked it more than the other Bonds who were more like 6'1". He was quite a bit taller than Richard Gere. I also remember him being taller than Harrison Ford in the Last Crusade. He was also noticeably taller than Nicholas Cage in the Rock. He was 6'2" when he was younger, more like 6'0" nowadays. He's in his 80's, he lost at least 2 inches in height.
Canson said on 30/Dec/18
@Richard Spain: maybe even 190-191 in shoes if he really was the full 6’2”
RichardSpain said on 29/Dec/18
188 cm barefoot when he was young
183/184cm barefoot nowadays older

With shoes very close 190 cm in prime younger

Great actor Mr Connery
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 11/Dec/18
A decent 6ft3 in shoes of not 6ft3½
Mateusz said on 9/Dec/18
Connery always looked the tallest bond . My height is 6 ft 3 with shoes and connery looks about my height so my guess is that he was 6 ft 3 in shoes when he was James Bond .
Tall In The Saddle said on 26/Nov/18
I have not seen any reasonable photo showing Connery to be taller than Caine - at best for Connery I see them as equal while all other times I see Caine having a slight edge. I don't see Caine as any taller than 6'2" peak - so I can only see Connery 6'2" at best but probably more likely around the 6'1.5" to 6'1.75" mark. I will add that Caine appeared to stand with better posture more often than Connery did.
Greg99 said on 17/Nov/18
The odd thing is that pics of Ian Fleming with Sean Connery (Fleming was occasionally onset for the first three bond movies) Fleming looks maybe an inch at most shorter than Connery yet Fleming is listed at 6' even
Dream(5'9.5") said on 5/Nov/18
I grew up with this James Bond, but Roger Moore, along with Pierce Brosnan, are other Bonds (no pun intended) are also other bonds I've watched.
Rising - 174 cm said on 31/Oct/18
I agree Carrey is at least 6'1", but it's difficult to tell if he's shorter than Connery in that pic. His eye level is lower, but the top of their heads are too close to call and there looks to be a tilt in Connery's favor, though Carrey's posture is probably better. I don't know if Connery was the full 6'2" or only 6'1.5" peak, but he was definitely 6'1.5" max by the late 80's since 6'1.5" listed Kevin Kline was taller on video.
Z1854 said on 29/Oct/18
Carrey can’t be used as a benchmark.. he’s an inch shorter than jack Whitehall (see jacks instagram)
Mister lennon said on 27/Sep/18
Carrey a solid 6'1 minimum.
Connery a solid 6'2 peak.
viper said on 25/Sep/18
Carrey is 6-1 minimum. Still have Connery at 6-1.5 peak
Mister lennon said on 23/Sep/18
Carrey was and is a strong 6'1 guy.
Jtm said on 22/Sep/18
Junior Hernandez 1990 said on 24/Aug/18
Click Here Incredible at 78 he still edge out Jimy Carrey by 1/2.

that's because carrey is closer to 6'0 than 6'2.
Mister lennon said on 19/Sep/18
A strong 6'1 for caine and a solid 6'2 for connery is very close to the truth.
Hackman looks a solid 6'2 sometimes and a strong 6'1 sometimes. Tricky heigth.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 17/Sep/18
Rory 2cm is not noticeable. Besides they’re just rough estimates.
187-188cm for Caine and 188-189cm for Connery sound spot on. Hackman I keep at 188cm on the nose
Rory said on 15/Sep/18
No chance Connery was 2cm taller than Caine. 2cm is a noticeable difference when Connery only marginally edged him if at all. Wouldn't go under 187.5 for Caine and 188.5 tops for Connery.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 13/Sep/18
Keep in mind both Connery and Hackman in their late 50’s were taller than a prime Kevin Costner
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 13/Sep/18
Gracian the 6ft2 mark is reasonable for all three of them. However if I think one could argue Caine stood slightly shy of it and Connery slightly exceeded it while Hackman I’d put in the middle because he could look both a bit under and a bit over 6ft2 at times.

Caine: 187cm
Hackman: 188cm
Connery: 189cm

Just my opinion
viper said on 12/Sep/18
Never taller than 6-1.5
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 9/Sep/18
Out of bed: 190.2cm
Before bed: 188.3cm
Lenad 5ft9.75in said on 3/Sep/18
That "6'1 1/2 without shoes" might've been with bad posture, evening measurement, or just internet yapping. Personally, I can buy 189cm for a young sean connery, but no more than that.
Junior Hernandez 1990 said on 24/Aug/18
Click Here Incredible at 78 he still edge out Jimy Carrey by 1/2.
Lenad 5ft9.75in said on 23/Aug/18
I think most likely he was 6'2 on the dot when young. Not sure if weak 188cm or solid, but I would give him 187cm at the very least. It has been claimed on the internet that he was given 6'1 1/2 without shoes by Bond tailors, maybe that was an evening measurement? Maybe it was just internet crap talk? Frank 2 met him in 1999 and said he was around 6 feet, but that was probably bad posture.
Mark Harrison said on 22/Aug/18
Charles Gray was 6'1".
Mister lennon said on 15/Aug/18
And both connery peak and reynolds are solid 6'2 guys.
Mister lennon said on 13/Aug/18
Desagree here. Im with rampage. The most of the times, connery looked taller than caine the most of times. And im not a fanboy of connery or caine. I like them as great actors, nothing more. Im only guessing their heigths.
Maybe caine has looked taller sometimes, but sean looked the tallest one the most of the times.
Connery looked the same or mayne a little bit shorter than desmond. And in both you only live twice and diamonds are forever, gray looked taller sometimes and connery taller sometimes. It depends of the posture, camera angles, etc.
Sean was a true 6'2 guy. 188-189. Probably 190 out of bed or a strong 189.
And far from being a fanboy or something.
viper said on 13/Aug/18
6-1.5 peak, same as Ryan Reynolds
MAD SAM said on 13/Aug/18
If anyone says he’s under 6’2” he would be a fool, he’s easily 188 cm guy
Z185 said on 10/Aug/18
I think that Connery was actually edged by Charles Gray in YOLT, but can’t be too sure. He always looked shorter than Desmond (Q) though who was probably a legit 1,88m.
Z185 said on 10/Aug/18
@newman ... I agree, it does seem that some people have a super soft spot for Connery... which is fair enough as he’s a cinematic legend, a great bloke and actor. However he doesn’t need to be 190cm to still be great. Compared to others in his range like Caine he never looks 6-3, and definitely not with female cast members in some of the early bonds. He was probably a well built 187cm if we are being honest. Even his stunt double Bob Simmons said Connery was 6’1 ... it’s fine to compare Sean to tables and other people in films but I think this guy would know better than most.
Newman said on 6/Aug/18
Rampage do you run the Sean Connery club or something?

You must have mentioned at least 3 times below that "Connery always looked an inch taller than Caine." When?....When? If anything, Caine looks half an inch taller. There must be 100 pictures on Google of them standing together.

As for your reference below to Connery looking taller than Charles Gray, show me some evidence. They looked dead level in both Bond films especially YOLT where they will have been peak height. In fact, having watched that garbage film Meteor yesterday I would say Connery was only 6ft 1 and some change.

Lots of people on here suggested Connery had a peak height of nearly 6ft 3 without providing any evidence. Could well have been under 6ft 2.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 1/Aug/18
Berta, by then he may have been a weaker 6ft2 than the decade or so before. But 189cm does look arguable when you see him w/h Caine in the 70’s. Looked taller than guys like Jack Lord, Gert Frobe (184-185cm) and Charles Gray (maybe 186cm).

IMO, a prime Connery woke up at 6ft3 on the nose and closed the day at a little over 6ft2. He got measured 6ft2⅜ for the Mr. Universe and there’s no reason to believe that would be in shoes. Most likely a mid-morning measurement. So an eighth more to this listing is fair.
ND89 said on 30/Jul/18
Sutherland towered him easily by 2-2.5 inches taller than Connery
berta said on 28/Jul/18
connery is a hard one. he could have been 189 but with guys like christpher lambert- the guy from highlander. He could look in the 187 range. i think 6 fot 2 flat is pretty safe listing. maybe 1/8 over but probably not more. HE was/ is very well built, i guess that can made him appear bigger than he was sometimes
Thomas Feusi said on 25/Jul/18
Saw From Russia with Love yesterday evening.
Found this photo Sean with Daniela Bianchi from Russia with Love - Click Here.
Daniela Bianchi is 5ft7in(170cm) and Sean is not barefoot here but Daniela is.
My wife is 5ft 7in also like Daniela and i am 6ft 1.5i at morning 11am. We stand like them and it was very similar like the picture. So Sean was surely 6ft 1.5 in his youth but not more like Frank2 said it in the past.I think nowdays Sean is around 183-184cm.Only after a long sleep maybe i or him were 6ft2in.So 6ft2in is maybe a bit to high for Sean. Funny is that i did not loose height and i`am 47.
Jtm said on 24/Jul/18
apparently he claimed 6'1.5 when he was on jay leno in 1996 but i watched the interview on youtube and he never talked about his height.
Editor Rob
Which is why we shouldn't always put trust in a recollection of a quote.
Benny said on 21/Jul/18
Connery was 6’2” in his prime (1960-1990). Currently probably 6’0-6’.5”
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 2/Jul/18
I think Connery was a guy who could have woken up at 6ft3
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 28/Jun/18
Connery: 188.3cm
Caine: 187.6cm
James B 171.5cm said on 21/Jun/18
Michael Caine was 6ft1.5 i think.

Could seem taller in Alfie because he was really skinny in those days.
Mister lennon said on 16/Jun/18
Yes. Usually, connery was half an inch or maybe an inch taller than caine.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 15/Jun/18
Generally Connery looked a tiny bit taller than Caine
marcus said on 15/Jun/18
Just saw a clip of Connery and Michael Caine on Carson. Connery looked a small fraction shorter than Caine, but Caine was the same height as Ed McMahon, listed here at 6'3"
Leno179 said on 12/Jun/18
Solid 6'2, a rare case of a old man but very active, good posture and shape, probably has lost very little in stature(if he did lose anything)
James B 171.5cm said on 11/Jun/18
Anyone seen Russia with Love? He looked 6ft1 range in that film.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 9/Jun/18
Gracian I think all of those are arguable I made up a list like that and all those guys were there
ImTall(6'6) said on 2/Jun/18
Definitely 6'2 maybe 6'2.5"
Gracian said on 16/May/18
Rob, can I argue about a quarter inch in many auctions? Here are my own assumptions:
Club 6'2.25": Sean Connery, Benicio Del Toro, John Cusack, Donald Trump, Hugh Jackman, Samuel L. Jackson, Ryan Reynolds, Gottfried John, David Warner, Graham McTavish, John Newman, M. C. Gainey, Will Poulter, George H. W. Bush and Joe Don Baker
Club 6'1.75": Michael Caine, Paul Walker, Bill Clinton, Sean Kingston, Flo Rida, Hugo Weaving Kevin Kline, Jim Carrey, Matthew Fox, James Earl Jones, Robin Thicke and D'Lo Brown
Rob, do you think that some of these auctions are possible?
Editor Rob
I would say some of the 6ft 1.75 guys are very possible...Some of the 2.25 estimates are also possible.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 15/May/18
Fox could have been 186cm but I tag Caine as 187-188cm and Connery 188-189cm
Jordan87 said on 9/May/18

How do you know Connery wore lifts? What's wrong with you?
danield said on 14/Apr/18
sean was about 6ft 1 in his youth, he never was 6ft 2 without lifts. I'm from georgia and here we have great actor named Tengiz Archvadze who was very good friend of sean connery. This actor tells very often that they( he and sean) were same wight, same height and had very similar voice. This actor was 6ft1(184) and about 90kg. so i guess sean was 6ft 1 too.
Mister lennon said on 14/Apr/18
In the most of pictures and videos, sean looke an inch taller than michael, or almost. Between half an inch and one inch. Sometimes, caine could look the same or taller than connery, but its because several factors: posture, camera point of view, etc.
Is the same thing with james fox. Connery is taller in the most of the time, but fox could look the same or taller sometimes.

Connery a solid 6'2 guy and caine and fox about strong 6'1 guys.
kevin5762 said on 13/Apr/18
Click Here just look.. how can you say that connery was taller than michael caine? they have same suit and shoes and their age is also almost same and michael caine looks about inch taller than sean. sean has more athletic build so its hard to see the difference but if you look closely michael is clearly taller. connery was about 6ft1 in his prime
Mister lennon said on 11/Apr/18
I think that peak fox could be a strong 6'1 or weak 6'2 all the way. Between 186-188, i think.

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