Sean Connery is seen in a semi-nude portrait
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A decade before James Bond, Sean Connery was a nude model

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Before Bond and fame, Sean Connery spent his early 20s lifting weights and working odd jobs — including as a nude model for a reknowned Scottish art school.

The actor’s death at age 90 was announced by family on Saturday; numerous obits have paid tribute to his career as James Bond and other roles, and to his humble beginnings in Scotland.

“You used to do nude modeling as a young man, is that true?” Jay Leno asked Connery in a 1999 interview.

When the audience whooping simmered down, Connery raised one eyebrow wryly and acknowledged it was.

“At the Edinbugh College of Art, to make ends meet if you know what I mean,” he quipped.

“There was three of us, actually,” he told Leno.

Connery at the 2012 US Open Tennis Tournament
Credit Uncertain Connery is seen at the 2012 US Open Tennis Tournament | Corbis via Getty Images

“There was an old guy who’d done it for years and years, and a quite an attractive young woman and myself. And we were the three models.”

“We used to get six and eight pence an hour for standing stationary and with 15 minutes off,” he said.

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Original publication 31 October, 2020

Posted on NatCorn 2nd November 2020

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