Sean Connery – James Bond
Sean Connery’s breakthrough came in the role of British secret agent James Bond. This was the first portrayal of 007 in film.
Connery played Bond in the first five franchise films: Dr. No (1962), From Russia with Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), and You Only Live Twice (1967) – then appeared again as 007 in Diamonds Are Forever (1971) and Never Say Never Again (1983).
All seven films were commercially successful. James Bond, as portrayed by Connery, was selected as the third-greatest hero in cinema history by the American Film Institute.