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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Film Quotes

Sean Connery as Professor Henry Jones in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

Professor Henry Jones: You call *this* archaeology?

Principal SS Officer at Castle: [the Nazis burst into the room] Dr. Jones?
Professor Henry Jones, Indiana Jones: Yes?
Principal SS Officer at Castle: I will take zuh book now.
Professor Henry Jones, Indiana Jones: Wuh-what b-book?
Principal SS Officer at Castle: You have zuh diary in your pocket.
Professor Henry Jones: You dolt! You think my son would be that stupid? That he would bring my diary all the way back here?
Professor Henry Jones: You didn’t, did you?
[another pause]
Professor Henry Jones: You didn’t bring it, did you?
Indiana Jones: Well, uh…
Professor Henry Jones: You *did*!
Indiana Jones: Look, can we discuss this later?
Professor Henry Jones: I should have mailed it to the Marx Brothers!
Indiana Jones: Will you take it easy?
Professor Henry Jones: Take it easy? Why do you think I sent it home in the first place? So it wouldn’t fall into their hands!
Indiana Jones: I came here to SAVE you!
Professor Henry Jones: Oh, yeah? And who’s gonna come to save you, JUNIOR?
Indiana Jones: [shouts] I *told* you…
Indiana Jones: [grabs a gun and shoots all soldiers dead]
Indiana Jones: …DON’T call me Junior!
Professor Henry Jones: Look what you did! I can’t *believe* what you did!

Professor Henry Jones: Junior?
Indiana Jones: Yes, sir.
Professor Henry Jones: It *is* you, Junior.
Indiana Jones: Don’t call me that. *Please*.

Professor Henry Jones: The quest for the grail is not archeology, it’s a race against evil. If it is captured by the Nazis the armies of darkness will march all over the face of the earth. Do you understand me?
Indiana Jones: This is an obsession, Dad. I’ve never understood it. Never. Neither did Mom.
Professor Henry Jones: Oh yes she did. Only too well. Unfortunately, she kept her illness from me. All I could do was mourn her.

Elsa: [to Indy] I’ll never forget how vonderful it vas.
Professor Henry Jones: Why thank you. It was rather wonderful.
Elsa: [kisses Indy] Zat’s how Austrians say goodbye.
Colonel Vogel: Und zis is how ve zay goodbye in Germany, Dr. Jones.
[punches Indy with the head of his cane; Indy’s head smacks into Henry’s behind him]
Indiana Jones: I liked the Austrian way better.
Professor Henry Jones: So did I.

Professor Henry Jones: Those people are trying to kill us!
Indiana Jones: [shouts] I know, Dad!
Professor Henry Jones: This is a new experience for me.
Indiana Jones: It happens to me all the time.

[after commandeering a plane]
Professor Henry Jones: I didn’t know you could fly a plane.
Indiana Jones: Fly, yes. Land, no.

[Nazi Colonel Vogel is torturing Henry to get answers]
Colonel Vogel: Tell me about this miserable little diary of yours. The book is useless and yet you come all the way back to Berlin to get it. Why?
[he slaps Henry in the face with his glove]
Colonel Vogel: Why?
[he slaps him again]
Colonel Vogel: What are you hiding?
[he slaps him again]
Colonel Vogel: What does the diary tell you that it doesn’t tell us?
[he tries to slap him again; Henry grabs his wrist, stopping him]
Professor Henry Jones: [through his teeth] It tells me, that goose-stepping morons like yourself should try *reading* books instead of *burning* them!

[talking about how they both slept with the same woman]
Indiana Jones: It’s disgraceful, you’re old enough to be her… her grandfather.
Professor Henry Jones: Well, I’m as human as the next man.
Indiana Jones: Dad, I *was* the next man.
Professor Henry Jones: Oh… ships that pass in the night.

Professor Henry Jones: I’m sorry about your head though. But I thought that you were one of them.
Indiana Jones: Dad, they come in through the doors.
Professor Henry Jones: Ha, good point.

Professor Henry Jones: Elsa never really believed in the grail. She thought she’d found a prize.
Indiana Jones: And what did you find, Dad?
Professor Henry Jones: Me? Illumination.

[to Indiana, while watching a Nazi parade and book burning]
Professor Henry Jones: My son, we’re pilgrims in an unholy land.

[last lines]
Marcus Brody: Indy, Henry, follow me. I know the way. Ha!
[Marcus’ horse rides off with him barely hanging onto it]
Professor Henry Jones: Got lost in his own museum, eh?
Indiana Jones: Uh-huh.
Professor Henry Jones: After you, Junior.
Indiana Jones: Yes, sir. Ha!

[Indiana and Henry are tied up]
Indiana Jones: Come on, dad. Help me get us out of here. We have to get to Marcus before the Nazis do.
Professor Henry Jones: But you said he had a two day head start. That he would blend in, disappear.
Indiana Jones: Are you kidding? I made all that up. You know Marcus. He once got lost in his own museum.

Professor Henry Jones: [Examining the broken vase] Late 14th Ming Dynasty. Oh it breaks the heart.
Indiana Jones: And the head. You hit me dad.
Professor Henry Jones: I’ll never forgive myself.
Indiana Jones: Don’t worry I’m all right.
Professor Henry Jones: Thank God… it’s fake. See you can tell with the cross sections.

Elsa: It’s perfectly obvious where the pages are. He’s given them to Marcus Brody.
Professor Henry Jones: Marcus? You didn’t drag poor Marcus along did you? He’s not up to the challenge.
Walter Donovan: He sticks out like a sore thumb. We’ll find him.
Indiana Jones: The hell you will. He’s got a two day head start on you, which is more than he needs. Brody’s got friends in every town and village from here to the Sudan, he speaks a dozen languages, knows every local custom, he’ll blend in, disappear, you’ll never see him again. With any luck, he’s got the grail already.
[Cut to middle of fair in the Middle East, Marcus Brody wearing bright suit and white hat, sticking out like sore thumb]
Marcus Brody: Uhhh, does anyone here speak English?

Professor Henry Jones: Junior, I have tell you something.
Indiana Jones: Don’t get sentimental now dad, save it until we get out of here.
Professor Henry Jones: The floor’s on fire… see… AND the chair.

Indiana Jones: It was just the two of us, dad. It was a lonely way to grow up. For you, too. If you had been an ordinary, average father like the other guys’ dads, you’d have understood that.
Professor Henry Jones: Actually, I was a wonderful father.
Indiana Jones: When?
Professor Henry Jones: Did I ever tell you to eat up? Go to bed? Wash your ears? Do your homework? No. I respected your privacy and I taught you self- reliance.
Indiana Jones: What you taught me was that I was less important to you than people who had been dead for five hundred years in another country. And I learned it so well that we’ve hardly spoken for twenty years.
Professor Henry Jones: You left just when you were becoming interesting.

Professor Henry Jones: I suddenly remembered my Charlemagne. Let my armies be the rocks and the trees and the birds in the sky…

Professor Henry Jones: Marcus.
Marcus Brody: Aah.
Professor Henry Jones: Genius of the res-to-ration.
[Brody finishes the handshake]
Marcus Brody: Aid our own re-sus-ci-tation. Henry, what are you doing here?
Professor Henry Jones: It’s a rescue. Come on.
[the Nazis catch both Marcus and Henry]

Professor Henry Jones: You say this has been just another typical day for you huh?
Indiana Jones: NO. It’s been better than most.

Indiana Jones: [of Indy’s new lover] How did you know she was a Nazi?
Professor Henry Jones: She talks in her sleep.

[Vogel is holding Elsa hostage at gunpoint]
Colonel Vogel: Throw down the gun or the girl will die.
Professor Henry Jones: But she’s one of them.
Elsa: Indy, please!
Professor Henry Jones: She’s a Nazi.
Indiana Jones: What?
Professor Henry Jones: Trust me.
Elsa: Indy, help!
Colonel Vogel: I will kill her!
Professor Henry Jones: Oh yeah? Go ahead.
Indiana Jones: No! Don’t shoot!
Professor Henry Jones: Don’t worry. He won’t.
Elsa: Indy, please do what he says!
Professor Henry Jones: And don’t listen to her.
Colonel Vogel: Enough! She dies!
Indiana Jones: Wait! Wait.
[Indy tosses over the gun. Vogel lets Elsa go and she runs right into Indy’s arms]
Elsa: I’m sorry.
Indiana Jones: Don’t be.
[Elsa takes the grail diary from Indy’s pocket, smiles, then hands it to Vogel]
Elsa: But you should have listened to your father.

Professor Henry Jones: The Word of God.
Marcus Brody: No, Henry. Try not to talk.
Professor Henry Jones: The Name of God.
Indiana Jones: The Name of God… Jehovah.
Professor Henry Jones: But in the Latin alphabet, “Jehovah” begins with an “I”.
Indiana Jones: J-…
[he steps on the “J” and almost falls to his death; he scrambles back up]
Indiana Jones: Oh, *idiot*! In Latin Jehovah begins with an “I”!

[Henry, struggling with a Nazi for a gun, uses his fountain pen to blind the Nazi]
Marcus Brody: Henry, the pen.
Professor Henry Jones: What?
Marcus Brody: Well don’t you see? The pen is mightier than the sword.

[Indy has untied a boat as a diversion for the Nazis]
Indiana Jones: Come on, Dad! Come on!
Professor Henry Jones: What about the boat? We’re not going on the boat?

Professor Henry Jones: [to Indy] Well, I didn’t trust her. Why did you?
Walter Donovan: Because he didn’t take my advice. Didn’t I tell you not to trust anyone, Dr. Jones?

Professor Henry Jones: Stop. You’re going the wrong way. We need to get to Berlin.
Indiana Jones: Brody’s this way.
Professor Henry Jones: My diary’s in Berlin.
Indiana Jones: We don’t need the diary, Dad. Marcus has the map.
Professor Henry Jones: There is more in the diary than just the map.

Professor Henry Jones: Well, he who finds the Grail must face the final challenge.
Indiana Jones: What final challenge?
Professor Henry Jones: Three devices of such lethal cunning.
Indiana Jones: Booby traps?
Professor Henry Jones: Oh yes. But I found the clues that will safely take us through, in the Chronicles of St. Anselm.
Indiana Jones: But what are they?
Indiana Jones: Can’t you remember?
Professor Henry Jones: I wrote them down in my Diary so that I wouldn’t *have* to remember.

Indiana Jones: Half the German army’s on our tail and you want me to go to Berlin? Into the lion’s den?
Professor Henry Jones: Yes. The only thing that matters is the Grail.
Indiana Jones: What about Marcus?
Professor Henry Jones: Marcus would agree with me!

Indiana Jones: Jesus Christ…
Professor Henry Jones: [slaps him] That’s for blasphemy.

Professor Henry Jones: I misjudged you, Walter. I knew you would sell your mother for an Etruscan vase. But I didn’t know you would sell out your country and your soul… to the slime of humanity.

[Indiana Jones and Professor Jones Sr. are trapped between a room on fire and a room full of Nazis]
Professor Henry Jones: Our situation has not improved.

Professor Henry Jones: [after hearing that Indy read the tablet] If only I could have been there with you.
Indiana Jones: There were rats, Dad.
Professor Henry Jones: [Startled] Rats?

[Indy and his father have boarded the airship]
Indiana Jones: Well, we made it!
Professor Henry Jones: [looking out from behind his newspaper] When we are airborne, with Germany behind us, *then* I will share that sentiment!

[Indy and his father have stolen a plane from the airship, and are now being chased by German fighters]
Indiana Jones: Dad, you’re going to have to use the machine gun. Get it ready!
[Henry turns around and gets the gun ready]
Indiana Jones: [spotting an approaching fighter] 11 o’clock! Dad, 11 o’clock!
Professor Henry Jones: [looking at his watch] What happens at 11 o’clock?

Professor Henry Jones: I find, that if I just sit down to think…
[sits in chair, which tilts backward and opens up a hidden staircase]
Indiana Jones: [falling down hidden staircase] Daaaaad!
Professor Henry Jones: [resetting chair legs] The solution presents itself!

Professor Henry Jones: [accidentally shoots their own plane with the machine gun]
Indiana Jones: Dad, are we hit?
Professor Henry Jones: More or less. Son, I’m sorry. They got us.

Indiana Jones: [as the room is burning] Dad!
Professor Henry Jones: What?
Indiana Jones: Dad!
Professor Henry Jones: What?
Indiana Jones: DAD!
Professor Henry Jones: WHAT?
Indiana Jones: Dad, head for the fireplace!

[repeated line]
Professor Henry Jones: This is intolerable!

[Indiana slips and nearly falls into the abyss, but Henry grabs his hand]
Professor Henry Jones: Junior, give me your other hand! I can’t hold on!
Indiana Jones: [reaching for the Grail] I can get it. I can almost reach it, Dad…
Professor Henry Jones: Indiana.
[surprised, Indy looks up at his father]
Professor Henry Jones: Indiana… let it go.

Sallah: Please, what does it always mean, this… this “Junior”?
Professor Henry Jones: That’s his name.
[points to himself]
Professor Henry Jones: Henry Jones…
[points to Indy]
Professor Henry Jones: …Junior.
Indiana Jones: I like “Indiana.”
Professor Henry Jones: We named the *dog* Indiana.
Marcus Brody: May we go home now, please?
Sallah: The dog?
[starts laughing]
Sallah: You are named after the dog? HA HA HA…!
Indiana Jones: I’ve got a lot of fond memories of that dog.

Professor Henry Jones: And in this sort of race, there’s no silver medal for finishing second.

Indiana Jones: [Being tied up together] We gotta get free, dad. We’ve gotts get to Marcus before the Nazis do.
Professor Henry Jones: I thought that Marcus had a 2 day head start, and would vanish, disappear.
Indiana Jones: No. I made that up. C’mon dad, you know Marcus he got lost in one of his own museums one time. Dad, can you reach into my left pocket?
Professor Henry Jones: What will I find?
Indiana Jones: [Sarcastically] A lucky charm.
Professor Henry Jones: [Reaches into Indy’s left jacket pocket] Feels like a cigarette lighter.
Indiana Jones: Use it to burn the ropes.
[Then Henry lights thew lighter and reaches back and burns himself androps the lighter to the floor, and after blowing on it a few times he starts a fire]
Professor Henry Jones: Son, there’s something I have to tell you.
Indiana Jones: Don’t get sentimental now dad, save until we get out.
Professor Henry Jones: The floor is in fire, and the chair.

Professor Henry Jones: [after escaping from the Nazis, and coming onto a road sign] Wait, we got to get to Berlin.
Indiana Jones: [Points to the Sign] Brody’s *this* way.
Professor Henry Jones: But, my Diary’s in Berlin.
Indiana Jones: We don’t need the Diary, Dad Marcus has the map.
Professor Henry Jones: There’s more to the Grail than *just the map*.
Indiana Jones: [Stops the motorcycle] Okay dad. What is it?
Professor Henry Jones: 3 devices of lethal cunning.
Indiana Jones: Booby traps?
Professor Henry Jones: Yes, and I have found a way to pass right by them.
Indiana Jones: [Becoming angry] Half the German army’s on our tail, and you want me to go to *Berlin* into the lion’s den?
Professor Henry Jones: Yes.
Indiana Jones: I can’t believe this, Jesus Christ.
Professor Henry Jones: [Slaps Indy in the face] That’s for blasphemy. The quest for the Holy Grail is not about Archeology, it’s a race against evil, if it’s found by the Nazis, the armies of darkness will amrch across the face of the Earth, please understand.
Indiana Jones: [Very annoyed] This is an obession dad, I never understood it, never. Neither did mom.
Professor Henry Jones: oh yes she did, just all too well. But she kept her illness from me, all i could do is mourn her.

Indiana Jones: [Looking through his binoculars and seeing a tank] 12 pound gun.
Professor Henry Jones: What are you doing? Get down.
Indiana Jones: Dad, we’re well out of range.
[the tanks fires on them]

Indiana Jones: I can remeber the last time we had a drink together. I had a milkshake. but, we didn’t talk, we’ve never talked. Only if you were a regular dad just like the other boy’s dad, this would be different.
Professor Henry Jones: I was a wonderful father.
Indiana Jones: Yeah, how?
Professor Henry Jones: Did I ever tell you to eat up, go to bed, wash your ears, do your homework? No, I respected your privacy and I taught you self reliance.
Indiana Jones: What you taught me, is that I was less important to you than people that have been dead for several hundered years and in other countries, and I learned it so well, that we’ve hardly spoken for 20 years.
Professor Henry Jones: You left, just as you were becoming interesting.
[Closes his diary]
Professor Henry Jones: Okay, I ‘m here what you wanna talk about?
Indiana Jones: [At a lost for words] I… I don’t know.
Professor Henry Jones: Then, what are you complaining about? Now, he who finds the Grail must face 3 challenges. First, is the path of God: Only the pennative man shall pass. Second, is the word of God: Only in the footsteps of God, shall he proceed. Last is the breath of God: Only a leap from the lion’s head, shall he prove his worth.

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Post by Chad Elkins. Source: IMDB

Sean Connery Personal Quotes

A collection of personal quotes from Sean Connery on a variety of topics.  These are not from any of his films or TV shows, but some are on topics related to them.

  • I was called Sean long before I was an actor, I had an Irish buddy when I was 12 named Seamus — pronounced Shay-mus. So they nicknamed us Seamus and Shawn and it stuck.
  • I never disliked Bond, as some have thought. Creating a character like that does take a certain craft. It’s simply natural to seek other roles.
  • More than anything else, I’d like to be an old man with a good face, like [Alfred Hitchcock] or [Pablo Picasso].
  • I’ve honestly not been too aware of my age until I went to the doctor for a full check-up. He said I had the heart of a young man – “but you’re not young, you’re 40″.
  • Some age, others mature.
  • [on turning down the role of Gandolf in the first "Lord of the Rings" film] I had never read [J.R.R. Tolkien], and I didn’t understand the script when they sent it to me. Bobbits? Hobbits?
  • I’m an actor – it’s not brain surgery. If I do my job right, people won’t ask for their money back.
  • I have always hated that damn James Bond. I’d like to kill him.
  • I’ve never kept a record of anything. I gave away everything: all the posters, the memorabilia that would have been helpful – and financially rewarding.
  • [on whether he would ever escape being identified as James Bond] It’s with me ’til I go in the box.
  • I care about Bond and what happens to him. You cannot be connected with a character for this long and not have an interest. All the Bond films had their good points.
  • [3/03, about the impending US invasion of Iraq] I don’t know who could be in favor of it, but it can’t be stopped. It is inevitable.
  • I’m fed up with the idiots, the ever-widening gap between people who know how to make movies and those who green-light them. I don’t say they’re all idiots – I’m just saying there’s a lot of them. It would almost need a Mafia-like offer I couldn’t refuse to do another movie.
  • I said I never would [do an autobiography] and then I thought about it and I said, “I’m going to do it”. Then I started. Yeah, and it cost me a stonking amount of money not to do it – because I’d already put the wheels in motion. He [Davies] started to run with the ball with all this stuff. I realized I was going to be spending the best part of my life, and probably the rest of my life, trying to correct these inaccuracies and I can’t be bothered.
  • [on Daniel Craig as the new James Bond] Craig’s a great choice, really interesting – different. He’s a good actor. It’s a completely new departure.
  • I thought Pierce Brosnan was a good choice. I liked GoldenEye (1995). Timothy Dalton never got a handle on the role. He took it seriously in the wrong way. The person who plays Bond has to be dangerous. If there isn’t a sense of threat, you can’t be cool.
  • I think the fact that one’s hair disappeared early made it easier. I never had a “transition problem”. I’ve always played older. I played Harrison Ford‘s father and Dustin Hoffman‘s father. And this year, I’m going to be 65. I’m hardly going to get into a weight program and do “Tarzan”. I could have the best body sculpting in the world, but I’m never going to be James Bond again.
  • What happened was that I had polyps on my vocal cords for about six years. I had them lasered off each time. But then I had a little twinge of a problem while I was doing Rising Sun (1993). I couldn’t get the timbre of my voice right. I couldn’t get the variation and enunciation as comfortable as I wanted. So I went back to the doctor and he suggested radiation. I went for six weeks and didn’t have any side effects or problems. Then I made the announcement that I had done radiation treatment. The publicists said not to do it, that it would set off an explosion. But I thought, “If you do radiation and it’s a success, why not speak about it?”
  • [On The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)] It was a nightmare. The director should never have been given $185 million.
  • [3/06] I have retired for good. It’s been a bit rough since Christmas but I’m perfectly OK and I feel well. In fact, I’m working on a history book.
  • [on why he resigned the role of James Bond while filming You Only Live Twice (1967)] One of the reasons I stopped doing it was because I got really fed up with the space stuff and special effects. I just found it getting more and more influential in the movies.
  • [during his speech after receiving the AFI Life Achievement award] Though my feet are tired, my heart is not.
  • I had no grand plan. Everyone talks about how they knew the Bond films were going to be a success, but it simply isn’t true.
  • [on turning down the role of Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)] Yeah, well, I never understood it. I read the book. I read the script. I saw the movie. I still don’t understand it.
  • It is said that a total ban on handguns, including .22s, would take away innocent pleasure from thousands of people. Is that more or less pleasure than watching your child grow up?
  • [on being one of the biggest movie stars in the world] Well, that’s only because of your price. And my current price? Well, ha, that’s nobody’s business but mine.
  • [on _Indiana Jones 4 (2008)_] I am resting from acting – you might say I’m retired. It would take something really considerable to bring me back. Nothing has been discussed but I hear it’s back on.
  • There’s one major difference between James Bond and me. He is able to sort out problems!
  • I never trashed a hotel room or did drugs. I understand if you get caught in a fight, but to take it out on a room that implies some psychiatric disorder. The way I was brought up made me think about the person who has to clean up afterwards.
  • I did smoke pot a few times but nothing else. I would never inject. I’m too fond of the drink. At times I can go two weeks or more without it, but then I’m quite enthusiastic to get back to the taste again.
  • Dealing with this financial stuff was too much for me. It was back to education and I had to learn to understand it all myself.
  • Peter Mandelson, two times thrown out, is now representing Britain in Europe. In the olden times, they would have hung him up by his feet. The decisions in the UK are made by President Tony Blair and a couple of his cooks in the kitchen.
  • I am happy to say that I sued Allied Artists for cosmetic bookkeeping and they’re bankrupt.
  • It reads as though one had made great dramatic decisions, but in fact one didn’t. I certainly had the drive from the beginning, but the targets and ambitions were much, much less.
  • One of the things that strikes me is that no matter how difficult or underprivileged the situation you were living in as a child, it wasn’t considered difficult. I don’t think as children, you are aware of it. You have nothing to compare it to.
  • “The time came for me to retire because of my rather unfortunate last movie . . . The cost to me in terms of frustration and avoiding going to jail for murder cannot have continued.
  • Whenever I’ve tangled with a beautiful spy, have you noticed what invariably happens? Even if I know the girl is a nasty and dangerous little snake, I’ve still had to kiss her first and kill her later.
  • [in 2004] The Scottish media all say, “Oh yeah, he’s a tax exile”. I have paid more tax than the government put together in that Parliament. I still pay full tax when I work in England and the same when I work in America.
  • [on his knighthood being blocked by the Labour government for the second time in 1998] It’s purely political. I have never made any secret of my association, affiliation with the Scottish National Party. I don’t like the turn it’s taken now when they drag up something, which is something from the past about my violence towards women which I have attempted to answer in so many ways. It might have been a stupid comment of mine to say to smack a woman or slap a woman, I think I said, and it was picked up much later by an unmentionable in America who really worked a flanker and presented a show as though I had actually admitted that it was okay to punch women. In fact, in the near future there will be some kind of revelation about quite a lot of that anyway, which I’m not going to go into now.
  • I get asked the question so often, I thought it best to make an announcement. I thought long and hard about it and if anything could have pulled me out of retirement it would have been an Indiana Jones film. I love working with Steven [Steven Spielberg] and George [George Lucas], and it goes without saying that it is an honor to have Harrison [Harrison Ford] as my son. But in the end, retirement is just too damned much fun. I, do however, have one bit of advice for Junior: Demand that the critters be digital, the cliffs be low, and for goodness sake keep that whip by your side at all times in case you need to escape from the stunt coordinator! This is a remarkable cast, and I can only say, “Break a leg, everyone”. I’ll see you on May 22, 2008, at the theater!
  • Bond should be played by an actor 35, 33 years old. I’m too old. Roger’s too old, too! – On A View to a Kill (1985)
  • A silent gesture can convey more in a flash than a minute of spoken dialogue. Unlike most actors, who resist directors cutting their lines, I have spent my whole career filleting mine. There are few directors who have not seen my cuts as improvements. Steven Spielberg paid me the ultimate compliment on Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) by adopting nine out of ten of my ideas that traded dialogue for added visual interaction.
  • Anyone contemplating a film career could do no better than read Alexander Mackendrick‘s book “On Film-making: An Introduction to the Craft of the Director.”
  • From the earliest days of cinema a fascination with Scottish historical themes fed the appetites of Hollywood. Macabre shockers, or what Robert Louis Stevenson called “regular crawlers”, were especially popular. Not counting numerous shorts, five feature versions of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) were produced in Hollywood between 1912 and 1941, though none surpassed Fredric March‘s Oscar-winning performance and his menacing facial transformation in Rouben Mamoulian‘s production of 1931.
  • Perhaps I’m not a good actor, but I would be even worse at doing anything else.
  • I realised that a top-class footballer could be over the hill by the age of 30, and I was already 23. I decided to become an actor and it turned out to be one of my more intelligent moves.
  • It’s funny, but the film buffs at UCLA are constantly dissecting Marnie (1964) these days to see how it was done. When it was first released, there was a lot of criticism of Alfred Hitchcock because he used a studio set for the dockside scene. But the backdrop looked just like the port of Bristol – if not Baltimore, where it’s supposed to be at. I adored and enjoyed Hitchcock tremendously. He never lost his patience or composure on the set.
  • It would appear I’m an inspiration for older men. Do I think I’m sexy? I’ve been told I am. I know that I find certain people attractive and they find me attractive and are presumptuous enough to think that’s sexy. I can’t answer for all those fat guys out there in their sixties. Are they more virile? Well, it’s years since I went to bed with a sixtyish balding man. Look, I’m dealing with maturity alright. I’m much more interest in keeping enthusiastic than anything else.
  • The idea of the hair was the iron grew sort of crew cut but something kinda put me off that. I would have looked sort of like Ernest Hemingway with the beard and short hair and it would have looked American. So I went Rod Stewart but shorter. They had another wig but that made me look like Sting. I really couldn’t deal with it. Well, I could deal with it. I changed it. – On The Hunt for Red October (1990)
  • I was going upstairs when I heard my own voice coming from one of the rooms. My grandchildren were watching Goldfinger (1964). So, I sat down with them and watched it for a bit. It was interesting. There was a certain elegance, a certain assurance to it that was quite comforting. There was a leisureliness that made you not want to rush to the next scene. Of course, I also saw things that could have been improved.
  • Timothy Dalton has Shakespearean training but he underestimated the role. The character has to be graceful and move well and have a certain measure of charm as well as be dangerous. Pierce Brosnan is a good actor – he added some new elements to it.
  • I’ve always been told I was either too tall or too short, too Scottish or too Irish, too young, too old.

Please share other Sean Connery personal quotes or any other thoughts/memories you have about him in the comments below.  Thank you for your interest in Sean Connery.

Post by Chad Elkins. Source: IMDB