Friday, April 17, 2015

‘Wow, I don’t die in this script?’….Day 107 of Bond 365

Sean Bean
Born this day in 1959
Alex Trevelyan / 006 in GoldenEye

I don’t know if Sean Bean has ever said (or thought) that, but as the actor known for dying in many of the role he plays, I would imagine getting to live is probably a refreshing prospect in a character he plays.

Bean did not start out in acting. From Sheffield, he became a welder at his father’s welding firm before turning to acting and attending RADA. He acted in several stage productions in London’s West End and in 1984, he appeared on the UK television series The Bill as Horace Clark in the episode ‘Long Odds’.

I think my favorite Sean Bean roles include Boromir in The Lord of the Rings; Partridge in Equilibrium; John Ryder in The Hitcher; Ulrich in Black Death; and Maj. Jack Jones in Age of Heroes (includes a storyline with Ian Fleming during World War II). I haven’t yet watched him as Ned Stark in the first season of Game of Thrones (I’ve read all the novels and his death scene in the book was shocking!) and I would like to see Legends in which he plays Martin Odum.

According to his IMDB profile, Bean auditioned for The Living Daylights (1987) for the role of James Bond. I’m sorry he didn’t get an opportunity to play Bond, however, I think his performance as Alec Trevelyan in GoldenEye (1995) was quite good – he really does well whether hero or villain. In my opinion though, he didn’t get enough screen time. Anyway, I hope that he continues to get solid roles – roles in which he gets to live!

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