Spy the best of 'Bond' at IFC's Sean Connery Series

Sean Connery in "Goldfinger"

Sean Connery in "Goldfinger" (Credit: Sean Connery in "Goldfinger")

Daniel Craig makes a fine James Bond, but when it comes to 007s, there's Sean Connery and then there's everyone else.

With Craig's "Skyfall" slated for release this November, the IFC Center is offering a refresher course in the joys of Connery, Sean Connery, in case anyone has forgotten just how perfect the icon was in his most iconic role.

"James Bond No. 1: Sean Connery's 007" features a weeklong run of Bond flicks and a "Bond-A-Thon" on Sunday that offers viewers a chance to check out the seven movies in a row for $40. The series runs Friday through next Thursday:
Here's what you'll find there this week:

'Dr. No' (1962)
Bond leaped from Ian Fleming's page to the screen in this first adaptation, in which 007 investigates a plot against the burgeoning space program. Connery had been acting since the '50s, but "Dr. No" made him a star.

'From Russia With Love' (1963)
The ultimate Cold War Bond film, this classic sequel features 007 assisting Tatiana Romanov's defection in Turkey as the evil SPECTRE plots their murder.

'Goldfinger' (1964)
"Goldfinger" follows 007 as he investigates the evil title character's plot against Fort Knox. The movie introduced many of the familiar Bond staples, including his reliance on gadgets and "shaken, not stirred." Its famous laser scene ("Do you expect me to talk?" "No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die.") still hits home.

'Thunderball' (1965)
"Thunderball" finds MI6's top agent hunting down atomic weapons stolen by SPECTRE. Notable for its underwater scenes and Tom Jones' theme song, critics and audiences liked the movie and the novel would be adapted again with Connery in "Never Say Never Again."

'You Only Live Twice' (1967)
Bond travels to Japan after SPECTRE makes American and Russian spacecraft disappear in the fifth 007 flick. Donald Pleasence's evil Ernst Stavro Blofeld was the inspiration for Mike Myers' Dr. Evil in the "Austin Powers" movies.

'Diamonds are Forever' (1971)
After a brief hiatus from the character, skipping out on 1969's "On Her Majesty's Secret Service," Connery returned for "Diamonds Are Forever," which is centered on Bond's investigation of a diamond smuggling ring.

'Never Say Never Again' (1983)
Twelve years after he left 007 behind, seemingly for good, Connery came back for this noncanonical, legally-plagued adaptation of "Thunderball."

If you go: James Bond No. 1: Sean Connery's 007 runs Friday through Sept. 6 at the IFC Center, 323 Sixth Ave. at W. 3rd St. Showtimes vary. More info: ifccenter.com

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