BIG TAM

A chap at the door. ‘They’re ready for you on set, Mr Connery.’

He smiled. ‘Mr. Connery.’ No one had called him that when he had been riding round Edinburgh on a horse drawn cart delivering milk. Back then he’d been plain ‘Tam’.

A lot had happened since then.

There was talk of a sequel if this spy film was a hit. It all seemed a bit far-fetched to him, but it was a leading role, the pay cheque was decent and he was getting a few weeks of sun in Jamaica.

He stepped out into the warm midday heat, with clear blue sky overhead.

You didn’t get much of this in Edinburgh either.


Copyright Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Written for Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The idea is to write a short story of 100 words based on the photo prompt (above).

At the weekend, Sir Sean Connery passed away at the age of 90. It’s hard to quantify how much of an influence his life had on me – from his film acting and my obsession with James Bond, but also his love of Scotland and the type of no nonsense Scottishness he embodied. Thomas Sean Connery famously started out as a milkman after leaving school, and worked as a coffin buffer, joined the navy and came 3rd in Mr Universe before finding acting. The rest is history. So effortlessly cool, such presence, that voice. The title of Greatest Living Scotsman is now vacant.

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59 thoughts on “BIG TAM

  1. What a fitting tribute to Sean Connery, Iain. The role which skyrocketed his career. He was and has always been my favorite 007. I was saddened to hear of his passing. He will always be remembered as Bond, James Bond.

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    1. You could be right, as a proud Glaswegian I’m all for giving Glasgow some love! Alas The Big Yin is also struggling with health these days, but I hope he’s got a few more years left in him yet.

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    1. Thanks Sandra. I can understand that view, in many ways, I’m surprised that he was so successful with that certain Scottish harshness and roughness – perhaps that what made him and his success so unique.

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  2. I was truly saddened to hear of his death: he was one of the great actors of our time. The first movie I ever saw him in was “The Man Who Would Be King” and it’s been at least a couple decades since I saw it but I can picture him in it as clearly as if it were yesterday. He was that brilliant. A credit to your countrymen indeed, Iain.

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  3. Perfection, Iain! He was one of a kind and I was so sad to hear of his passing. This is a fine tribute to a wonderfor actor…3rd in Mr. Universe, eh? Well now…

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