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Original 1966 Jim Beam bourbon whiskey advertisement, featuring Sean Connery.


This advert also includers an exhortion to see the film "A Fine Madness," a 1966 American Technicolor comedy-drama film directed by Irvin Kershner based on the 1964 novel of the same name by Elliott Baker.  It tells the story of Samson Shillitoe, a frustrated poet unable to finish a grand tome, and stars Sean Connery (in the midst of his James Bond roles).


During the decade of this print advert, Connery's breakthrough came in the role of British secret agent James Bond. Between 1962 and 1967, Connery played 007 in "Dr. No," "From Russia with Love," "Goldfinger," "Thunderball," and "You Only Live Twice," the first five Bond films - all were commercially successful.


In 2016, James Bond - as portrayed by Connery - was selected as the third-greatest hero in cinema history by the American Film Institute.


Connery (25 August 1930 – 31 October 2020) was also known for his notable collaborations with directors such as Alfred Hitchcock, Sidney Lumet and John Huston.  The director’s films in which Connery appeared included “Marnie” (1964), “The Hill” (1965), “The Offence” (1973), “Murder on the Orient Express” (1974) and “The Man Who Would Be King” (1975).  He also acted in “Robin and Marian” (1976), “A Bridge Too Far” (1977), “Time Bandits” (1981), “Highlander” (1986), “The Name of the Rose” (1986), “The Untouchables” (1987), “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” (1989), “The Hunt for Red October” (1990), “Dragonheart” (1996), “The Rock” (1996) and “Finding Forrester” (2000).  His final on-screen role was as Allan Quatermain in “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” (2003).


Connery received numerous accolades including a BAFTA Award, three Golden Globe Awards and an Academy Award, the first Scottish actor to win the latter achievement, among numerous other awards.  He was made a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters in France and a knight by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to drama in 2000.


Dimensions: 10.25 inches wide by 13.5 inches high

1966 Jim Beam Bourbon Whiskey Advert, featuring Sean Connery

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