The Badass Sean Connery In Zardoz, The Most Insane Must-See Cult Classic
“John Boorman’s Zardoz is a genuinely quirky movie, a trip into a future that seems ruled by perpetually stoned set decorators.”
It’s set in a post-apocalyptic Ireland. And to go there is either a guilty pleasure or a mistake.
As Mark Kermode puts it, “the man who made Deliverance – one of the outstanding works of seventies cinema – followed it up with one of the worst science-fiction movie ever made…
As falls from grace go, that is surely one of the most spectacular.”
Sean Connery wasn’t much in demand at the time.
So James Bond did away with the fussy cocktails, priapic cars and other adolescent seduction techniques honed in sticky carpeted casinos, he strapped on a red leather posing pouch buckled to matching bandoliers with ample room for a few dozen vials of amyl nitrate and found like-minded people in an out-of-town S&M fetish club under the auspices of a perverted flying god-rock.
Real laugh riot, this.
Photo: The Rock God has a big booming voice who supplies weapons to the ferals so they plunder and murder and yes the movie is yet another with an Wizard of Oz twist.
Boorman got Sean Connery to work very cheaply; the actor was having a hard time finding post-James Bond roles.
For better or worse, this certainly wasn’t a James Bond-ish role and it allowed Connery to vary his resume a bit.
That we had to see him saunter around in a red diaper, thigh-highs, and a Gimli hairdo for him to do it is just our good fortune.
A wonderful example of a fantastic Edwardian period picture house.
It opened on 15 April 1911 as a multi-purpose entertainment centre known as the Kursaal (which included use as a roller skating rink), and it also contained a 120 seat cinema located upstairs that was known as the Electric Theatre which opened on 7th October 1911.
The name of the theatre was changed from Kursaal at the outbreak of World War I as the name was considered to be too germanic.
The main hall (former roller rink) was converted into the Dome Cinema by 1921 and it originally contained 875 seats. The former Electric Theatre then became a restaurant.
The building underwent a full heritage Lottery funded restoration/renovation, closing in June 2005 and re-opening on 6 July 2007 with 580 seats in the original auditorium and a second 118 seat cinema in another part of the building.
James Byron Dean (February 8, 1931 – September 30, 1955) was an American actor.
He is remembered as a cultural icon of teenage disillusionment and social estrangement, as expressed in the title of his most celebrated film, Rebel Without a Cause (1955), in which he starred as troubled teenager Jim Stark.
The other two roles that defined his stardom were loner Cal Trask in East of Eden (1955) and surly ranch hand Jett Rink in Giant (1956).
Dean’s premature death in a car crash cemented his legendary status.
He became the first actor to receive a posthumous Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, and remains the only actor to have had two posthumous acting nominations. (Wikipedia).
Source: vintage everyday: James Dean, Times Square, New York, 1954
“Terry was always very good at remembering lines,” recalled Palin last week. “But this time he had real problems, and in the end he had to use a teleprompter. That was a first for him. I realised then that something more serious than memory lapses was affecting him.”
Jones, now 75, later passed standard tests designed to pinpoint people who have Alzheimer’s disease. His speech continued to deteriorate nevertheless. “He said less and less at dinner parties, when he used to love to lead conversations,” said his daughter Sally.
Eventually, in September 2015, Jones was diagnosed as having frontotemporal dementia (FTD), a condition that affects the front and sides of the brain, where language and social control centres are based. When cells there die off, people lose their ability to communicate, and their behaviour becomes increasingly erratic and impulsive. Unlike Alzheimer’s, there is no loss of reasoning or orientation. However, planning, decision making and speech are affected, and patients often seem less caring or concerned about their family and friends.
Sally recalls that even though her father’s speech was faltering, he was still initially able to outline his plans and thoughts by email. “However, the emails slowly became more and more jumbled, and by autumn last year he had to give up,” she said. “For someone who lived by words and discussions this was tragic.”
Jones’s family revealed his condition to the public six months ago, and at last year’s Bafta Cymru ceremony in October, his son Bill had to help his father collect his award for outstanding contribution to television and film. The only words that Jones was able to utter were to tell his audience to “quieten down”.