Actor Sean Connery may be world famous for his film portrayal of secret agent James Bond, but you may not have known that the 007 actor wore a hairpiece in every James Bond film that he appeared in.
Connery started balding at 21, which didn't prevent him from getting the role, but forced him to wear a wig for each of the films, which did become more noticeable in the series' later films, according to IMDB's biography of Connery.
Connery began playing James Bond in the first Bond film, "Dr. No" (1962), and would continue to play the character for the next four films up to "You Only Live Twice" (1967), and then reprising the role for "Diamonds Are Forever" (1971) and "Never Say Never Again" (1983). Connery's seven Bond films have each been a commercial success. In total, the movie series has grossed around $12 billion, according to NME.
Connery was not physically what Bond creator Ian Fleming had envisioned his agent 007 to look like. At 6-foot-2 and muscular, Fleming saw the Scot as unrefined, remarking, "I'm looking for Commander Bond and not an overgrown stunt-man." Fleming's girlfriend eventually convinced him that Connery was right for the role, and after the success of "Dr. No," Fleming was impressed enough that he even added a half-Scottish background for Bond into later novels.
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Once Connery was casted, director Terence Young helped the actor to perfect his presence for the film. "Terence took Sean under his wing. He took him to dinner, showed him how to walk, how to talk, even how to eat," said Lois Maxwell, the actress who played Miss Moneypenny. After the success of the first film, Connery would receive thousands of letters from fans each week, becoming a staple sex symbol in American film.
"I for one never noticed," said a Reddit user on a thread where users expressed their surprise at learning about Connery's hairpiece in the Bond films. "He is such a good actor they gave him the part anyway," added another.