City on the Oscars: Bond and football
- 24 February 2011 16:00
- Posted by Chris Bailey
After Timothy Dalton’s admission that he has been a Blue since boyhood and has followed the club’s fortunes throughout his illustrious career, we decided to take a look at which other clubs could boast the support of a 007 agent.
Arguably the most popular Bond of all time, Glasgow-born Sean Connery has supported both of the Old Firm sides. Connery, who has appeared in seven Bond films including Dr. No, Thunderball and Diamonds Are Forever, was brought up by his father to support Glasgow Celtic.
Despite his boyhood roots, Connery switched allegiances later in life after befriending Rangers Chairman David Murray. The two met when Connery was awarded the freedom of Glasgow city and since then the Scot has found himself switch from the green and white hoops of Celtic to the blue of their arch-rivals.
The star of the The League of Extraordinary Gentleman and The Rock once joked that it is not easy for him to return to Parkhead as the Celtic fans have never forgiven his change of clubs.
Having made a name for himself as a capable television actor, Pierce Brosnan’s role as Bond in the 1995 film Goldeneye catapulted him onto the feature film scene. His adaptation of the role saw him awarded the Saturn and Empire gongs for Best Actor.
The Irishman moved to London as a ten-year-old and despite rumours that he supports Chelsea or Manchester United, Brosnan is in fact a Fulham supporter.
After leaving the role of Bond in 2002, Brosnan has gone on to storm Hollywood by appearing in critically acclaimed films such as Remember Me and The Ghost Writer, staying loyal to his club throughout his success.
Never before has the appointment of a new Bond been as controversial as when Daniel Craig was offered the role, yet even Craig’s arrival on the 007 scene has been surpassed by the controversy surrounding his club Liverpool of late.
Born on the Wirrall, the star of Casino Royale is a loyal Liverpool supporter and has been spotted watching games from the Anfield VIP box.
Now that the Gillett/Hicks era at Liverpool has come to an end, Craig will be hoping that new owner John W Henry will be the man to bring some much needed stability to the club.
The arrivals of Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll will have appeased the current 007 that things are on the way up for the 18-times league Champions, though having once claimed that Fernando Torres is key to any Liverpool success, Craig will have been disappointed by his sale to Chelsea.
Not all Bonds are avid football fans however. George Lazenby starred in only one Bond film, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, and though not a huge soccer fan, the Australian is an award winning skier back in his home country.
Similarly, Roger Moore, who had the dubious honour of replacing the ever-popular Sean Connery, is not known for his love of football and is instead a fan of the arts.