Sean Connery became James Bond in 1962, and has owned the role of the dashing and dangerous British Secret Service agent ever since.
As Bond, Connery, who turned 90, August 25, became an instant, staggering success, combining just the right amount of sexiness, wry humor and violence to impress male and female viewers alike. So popular was Connery's Bond, that his means of ordering a martini -- "shaken, not stirred" -- was imitated by generations.
Connery played Bond seven times, in Dr. No (1962), From Russia With Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), Diamonds Are Forever (1971) and Never Say Never Again (1983).
Of course, Connery is much more than James Bond. He won an Academy Award for best supporting actor in Brian De Palma’s The Untouchables (1987) and displayed his comedic chops playing Professor Henry Jones, the disapproving father of Indiana Jones in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989).
Nonetheless, it is Connery's role as the rakish James Bond, the man with a license to kill, that has come to define the actor. Here, then, are some of our favorite movie posters from that character-defining run.